Monday, September 13, 2021

puzzle 189: "arcseconds puzzle zero"

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exciting announcement: i've just released arcseconds, a puzzle suite consisting of twenty freestyle puzzles. more info on the tab, but suffice it to say i had a lot of fun making those puzzles. here's a teaser puzzle that's not part of that suite, but that very well could have been if i had chosen which puzzle to use on a different day. as always, enjoy!

Saturday, September 11, 2021

puzzle 188: "what's in a name?"

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a puzzle with a nice little minitheme and a lot of weirdness for how small it is; enjoy, and more to come soon!

Thursday, September 9, 2021

puzzle 187: "shaken and stirred"

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a normal puzzle for once, with the promise of more news (and puzzles!) next week! as always, enjoy!

Monday, August 16, 2021

puzzle 186: "fireworks"

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absolutely no surprise what the seed entries (clues, really) were here, but i had lots of fun stacking them and getting weird(tm). many thanks to quiara vasquez and will nediger for test-solving and providing feedback! as always, enjoy!

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

puzzle 185: "what are thoooooose? (a grid charlemagne puzzle)"

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puzzle inspired by adam aaronson's ongoing grid charlemagne series, and as a fan of all things dan, i had to get in on this. bit wonky of a grid, but i like it, and there's some fun stuff here.

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.