Monday, April 26, 2021

puzzle 184: "landlocked (w/ daryl sng)

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puzzle made in collaboration with daryl sng, and it's a large one! daryl notes that this was his first sunday-size crossword, and after we chatted about the reveal, there was one particular theme entry that we both loved, and that we felt meant we had to make this puzzle. shouldn't be too difficult, though, and we hope you enjoy it!

puzzle 183: "ricky don't lose that puzzle"

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way overdue puzzle made for ricky cruz, who says "i have never been more turbo-naticked in my life". it's a hard puzzle, made even harder by me leaning very hard into weird crosswords (15) when cluing, so good luck with solving this!

(also, apologies for the lack of puz/pdf files; the clues are very long, and i did not feel like making them shorter.)

Saturday, January 23, 2021

puzzle 182: "group shot (w/ matthew stock)"

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freestyle collaboration with matthew stock to go along with our puzzle in this weekend's wall street journal. lots of fun stuff in both puzzles, and i hope you enjoy these puzzles as much as i enjoyed working with matthew on these.

about this puzzle, matthew notes:

chris’ blog was one of the first indie puzzle sites i discovered, so it’s great to make a co-constructing appearance here with this themeless! we started this one off with 32-across as a seed we had both been thinking about using independently, and i think we managed to build out a good bit of fun from there. i especially enjoy chris’ pair of entries he stacked at 16-across and 18-across, and my favorite clue-answer combo is 20-down. hope you enjoy! 

in the same vein, i love the sw corner (especially 49- and 55-across), which is matthew's; i'm pretty sure he's also responsible for most / all of the good clues here.

in other puzzling news, i also collaborated with rachel fabi on the fireball puzzle from earlier this week. if you're a subscriber, i hope you enjoyed it; rachel and i certainly had a lot of fun making it, and we both like how it ended up.


Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Monday, September 21, 2020

puzzle 180: "do you remember (guest puzzle by ricky cruz)"

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guest puzzle from ricky cruz, who i collaborated with on a fun themeless last week. ricky says "chris wanted me to write some notes for the blog post, but in a hilarious turn of events, i did not remember. enjoy the puzzle." 

Sunday, September 13, 2020

puzzle 179: "yahtzee"

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fun fact: by file name, this is now the alphabetically last puzzle in my folder of blog puzzles; as always, enjoy!

Sunday, September 6, 2020

puzzle 178: "fishers of men"

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timely mini puzzle whose theme was lucky enough to work out symmetrically. first time i've had the inspiration to make a puzzle in quite some time, but i like it, and (fingers crossed) this will lead to me making more soon.

but yeah, sorry for not having a puzzle in a bit; i just haven't had any energy or motivation to do crosswords (or, for that matter, anything, really) in the last few weeks. still don't have much, really, but i made this, so hopefully that's a good omen. and i also got around to going through old files [aka looking at puzzles that i got rejection emails from] and managed to find some old puzzles i honestly forgot i made, so i guess i have a bit of a backlog now? at least i have more puzzles to put out without going a month between them.

[edited to add: also i guess i passed the three year anniversary sometime since the last puzzle?]