Saturday, December 8, 2018

puzzle 84: "playback"

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one of the perks (if you can call it that) of doing my own thing here is that i can see something in pop culture and make a puzzle off of that reasonably quickly and get it out there while it's still relevant. which isn't to say that the inspiration behind today's puzzle is going away any time soon, as opposed to some other puzzles i've made. but still, it's something to look forward to, i think.

as for the puzzle itself, should be enjoyable, although your mileage may vary on the two incredibly mathematical theme answers in a puzzle whose theme has nothing to do with math.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

puzzle 83: "about time (freestyle 82)"

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once again, i found myself doing battle with across lite to get this one to work. if you didn't know, it has a limit of 256 characters per clue, which kinda reins in my tendencies to write really long clues. but for this, a themeless built around the really long clues for the seed entries, it almost caused some problems. ended up having to cut out more of the quotes than i would have liked, but it's probably for the best, to be honest.

(i should also note that the really long quotes are just two of the seed entries; there's four more shorter entries that also tie in to the mini-theme, and whose placement did not make things easier for myself.)

Thursday, November 22, 2018

puzzle 82: "tom tom club"

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another week, another puzzle with a weird grid and left / right symmetry. what can i say? i really enjoy doing some weird, unconventional things sometimes. i certainly didn't make this easy on myself, as evidenced by parts of this puzzle, but nevertheless, i'm pleased with how it came out.

also, any resemblance between this grid and a face is completely coincidental.

and, of course, happy thanksgiving to y'all. as always, i'm thankful to each and every one of you for solving these puzzles and continuing to put up with my particular brand of nonsense. although, that being said, i'm pretty sure there's no car seat headrest stuff this week for once. either way, i hope you enjoy this puzzle, and i hope you enjoy your holiday, wherever you may be, whatever you may be doing.

 

Sunday, November 18, 2018

puzzle 81: "from start to finish"

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a puzzle that is only slightly more orthodox than last week, if you can even say that. the seed entry is one that i've wanted to use for a bit; after that, i couldn't resist the urge to include yet another car seat headrest reference in another theme entry. (i am reasonably sure, however, that next week's puzzle will not contain any such references; it will also come out on thursday for what should hopefully be obvious reasons.)

in crossword news: less than two days left to back the incubator, if you haven't already. in addition, andrew ries has just dropped a new crossword suite "stretch", and it's also worth checking out.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

puzzle 80: "ex men"

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this puzzle's reveal is timely, topical, and worth listening to (after solving, of course). after that, it's also worth looking up the best memes associated with this. otherwise, i can probably promise that the next puzzle after this will be slightly more orthodox (emphasis on slightly). either way, as always, hope y'all enjoy solving this one.

edit: the original version had 24 down spelled wrong. after changing a good chunk of the puzzle, this has been fixed, but my apologies for messing that up in the first place. all files should be correct now.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

puzzle 79: "remember, remember (freestyle 72)"

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not to be confused with the similarly-named puzzle from a few weeks back. pleasantly surprised that most of the seed entries (both those related to the mini-theme and not) for this interlocked so well, and allowed for some nice corners to boot. i certainly had some fun making this, and a lot more cluing it, and i hope you enjoy it as well.

also, regarding 43-down, i am not resetting the "weeks since making a gratuitous car seat headrest reference" sign to zero...if only because it's already at zero from last week.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

puzzle 78: "a few times i've been around that track"

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last chance to hit up the tip jar for the bonus puzzles from this decorative gourd season (decorative gourds not included). as always, thanks to those who've donated so far. and, speaking of donations, the inkubator has smashed its target and, hopefully, will smash the patriarchy. it's not too late to get in on it, and i highly recommend doing so.

apologies for the relative lateness of this puzzle; had a few others that, for various reasons, haven't fully cooperated yet. here's hoping i can wrangle them into shape here in the next few weeks. meanwhile, this one's pretty straightforward, but which i made harder on myself by stacking the theme entries for absolutely no reason at all, and then dropping down to seventy words. but there's some nice bonuses in this puzzle, and i think you'll enjoy it.