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.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Puzzle #63: Butt Out

Happy New Year! I hope it brings you many good puzzles, and other good things besides. Why not start 2018 off with this one (pdf, puz, pdf solution)?

Monday, December 25, 2017

Puzzle #62: Quartet

Last week's meta, "Short Time," asked you for a French city that I might have alternatively hidden in the grid. The words that were hidden in the grid were the names of seasons, missing a letter: SPRI(N)G, SUM(M)ER, (F)ALL, and (W)INTER. If I had called it AUTUMN instead of FALL, then I could have hidden Autun in the grid instead. (That would have given the theme a pleasing consistency of having all the hidden words be five letters, but there's the minor problem of there being no common words with AUTUN hidden in them.)

Merry Christmas to all those who celebrate! My present to you is a puzzle (pdf, puz, pdf solution). For those of you who don't celebrate, my present to you is the fact that the theme has nothing whatsoever do to with Christmas.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Puzzle #61: Short Time

This week's puzzle (pdf, puz, pdf solution) is a meta, but it's (hopefully) much easier than most of the previous metas I've posted here. The meta answer is a French city I might alternatively have hidden in the grid. Enjoy!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Puzzle #60: Giving Directions

Alas, only one puzzle (pdf, puz, pdf solution) this week, but I hope you enjoy it nevertheless. If you're coming here from the profile on Crossword Fiend last week, welcome!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Puzzle #58 and #59: Forgive Me, and a mini bonus puzzle

I have posted
the puz
that was in
the Dropbox

(also the pdf and the pdf solution)

Also, Paolo Pasco's excellent puzzle from yesterday reminded me of a mini crossword I wrote a few months ago. It's only 6 by 3, so not enough for a full-blown post, but it should make a nice aperitif or chaser for the main attraction. Check out the puz here.