Tuesday, September 21, 2021

puzzle 190: "phistomefel ring (feat. ricky cruz)"


this puzzle is a semi-collab with ricky cruz (who i previously collaborated with on this puzzle). we've discussed the idea of a phistomefel ring crossword before, and i stole borrowed with permission the pair of seed entries (from here; spoilers, obvi) for an extra theme layer; ricky also provided a lot of valuable thoughts and feedback about how this puzzle works, without which this puzzle would be much, much worse. all in all, i really like how this one turned out.

since this puzzle contains bars, there's no puz or pdf file this week, though you can print it from the solver below. and, if you haven't heard of the phistomefel ring before or don't know what it is, there's an explanation here (but again, spoilers).

also, i had a collab with kate chin park at her site; we both had a lot of fun making it, and you should check it out if you haven't already! and finally, arcseconds, a puzzle suite consisting of twenty freestyles, is still available for purchase!