Monday, February 19, 2018

Puzzle #70: Not With a Bang

If you're a subscriber to Joon Pahk's Outside the Box puzzles (which you should be!), you'll get a double dose of me today. I've got a guest puzzle there (a variety cryptic), and the usual puzzle here (pdf, puz, pdf solution). Enjoy!


Monday, February 12, 2018

Puzzle #69: Nice

Last week's meta, Flight Path, asked you to identify a flower. Lots of people sent me the right answer: following the long down entry, MAKE A BEELINE FOR, you can wend your way through the grid following the B's from the top left to (almost) the bottom right - continuing the path to the bottom right corner spells out ROSE, which is your answer.

No puz file for this week's crossword (pdf, pdf solution), because Across Lite doesn't play well with bars.


Monday, February 5, 2018

Puzzle #68: Flight Path

It's been a while since I've posted a meta on here, so how about one this week (pdf, puz, pdf solution)? The meta answer is a flower.


Monday, January 29, 2018

Puzzle #67: Black Market

Bit of an unusual grid this week (pdf, puz, pdf solution), and it's another bite-sized one (just 9 by 7). Enjoy!


Monday, January 22, 2018

Puzzle #66: Putting the 'Winter' in 'Low Interest'

Any resemblance of this puzzle's grid (pdf, puz, pdf solution) to a smiley face is purely coincidental. Grids with left-right symmetry are just weird that way. Anyway, enjoy the puzzle!


Monday, January 15, 2018

Puzzle #65: Never Before Seen

I recently challenged myself to make a solvable 4-by-4 puzzle without using any entries that have appeared in the NYT crossword*, and this (pdf, puz, pdf solution) was the result. Was I successful? I have no idea!

*In the Shortz era, at least. One of the entries was used once in 1949, clued as [Eighth day after a feast: Var.].


Monday, January 8, 2018

Puzzle #64: Pockets

Heads up: this week's puzzle (pdf, puz, pdf solution) is best solved as a PDF, though the other options are available as usual.

In other news, a recent post by Erik Agard has gotten people talking about ways that male constructors can help alleviate gender equality in crosswords and amplify women's voices. If you're a woman who wants to get into constructing, I'm very happy to collaborate! Just drop me a line by email.