Monday, September 18, 2017

Puzzle #47: Spelling Out

Last week's meta asked you for an alliterative phrase. The four theme entries (TEOTIHUACAN, SALAMANCA, JAMESCAAN, MAJORARCANA) all ended with various permutations of the letters NCAA. There are actually a bunch of alliterative phrases associated with the NCAA, but the most appropriate one is Final Four, since NCAA are the final four letters of each theme entry. (I also took Sweet Sixteen, since there are four sets of four letters in total.)

No meta this week, just a good old-fashioned themed puzzle (pdf, puz, pdf solution). Enjoy!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Puzzle #46: Endgame

Most of the metas I've posted here have been pretty tricky, but I do like to do a straightforward meta from time to time too! This week's puzzle (pdf, puz, pdf solution) is called "Endgame," and the meta answer is an alliterative phrase. As always, feel free to email me with solutions, to ask for hints, etc.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Puzzle #45: Pivot to Video

It seems to be the thing to do these days, so I've fired some of my clue writers and I'm pivoting to video.

(I'm including the pdf, puz, and pdf solution, but I highly recommend solving in the browser if you can - you can change the settings by clicking the picture of the gear at the top right, if you'd like. All clips are copyright their respective owners.)

Monday, August 28, 2017

Puzzle #44: The Days Are Getting Shorter

Despite the title, this puzzle (pdf, puz, pdf solution) is completely unrelated to my "The Times They Are A Changin'" puzzle from back in December. Enjoy!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Puzzle #43: Invisible

Can't think of much to say to introduce this week's puzzle (pdf, puz, pdf solution), but I hope you enjoy it!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Puzzle #42: Shake It Like a Polaroid Picture

Last week's puzzle, Rack Your Brains, asked you to identify an apt compound word. One seven-letter entry, ABDLORS, was simply clued as [Your rack], which suggests you're playing a game of Scrabble. If the circled letters in the grid represent the words on a Scrabble board, then your best play (and your only bingo) is SHUFFLEBOARD through HUFF and E, forming SHAWL - a compound word made up of two Scrabble-related words. Congrats to everyone who solved it!

Regular non-meta puzzle (pdf, puz, pdf solution) this week - enjoy!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Puzzle #41: Rack Your Brains

Last week's meta asked you to identify a phrase with the name of a video game character in it. The key to the meta is the KONAMICODE (one of the two longest across entries), which is the sequence of ten buttons "up up down down left right left right B A." If you take the other 10-letter across entry, SIKHTEMPLE, and replace each letter with the letter in the corresponding direction from the Konami Code (with the last two letters being replaced with B and A), you get the phrase PEACHMELBA, containing the name of Princess Peach.

At least, that's what you would get had I not mistranscribed the Konami Code as "up down up down left right left right B A" while writing the puzzle, so that you actually get PHECHMELBA. I wish I could say I did it on purpose as some sort of "your princess is in another castle" reference, but alas no. Congrats to the solvers who figured it out despite my mistake!

Anyway, this week you get another meta (pdf, puz, pdf solution) to make up for it. The meta answer is an apt compound word. As always, my email's on the sidebar if you want to submit a solution, ask for hints, etc.