Monday, October 16, 2017

Puzzle #51: A Puzzle

Last week's meta asked you to solve a mystery. As a bunch of solvers noticed, the grid is shaped like a Clue board, and the names of the six suspects are scattered throughout the rooms. Only one of the suspects is in the same room as a weapon, though, so the solution is Mr. Green in the study with the rope.

This week's puzzle (pdf, puz, pdf solution) is a bit of a hybrid. I wouldn't quite describe it as a freestyle, but I also wouldn't quite describe it as a themed crossword, so I'm just calling it "A Puzzle." Enjoy!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Puzzle #50: Mystery Theme 2

The very first meta I posted on this here site was called "Mystery Theme," so it seemed appropriate to call this one "Mystery Theme 2." All I'll tell you is that the meta answer is the solution to the mystery. I highly recommend solving the pdf (pdf solution), because the exact shape of the grid doesn't show up in the puz. (I'm including the puz just for convenience's sake, but if you solve it, please do take a look at the pdf too.)

As always, shoot me an email with answers/requests for hints/etc.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Puzzle #49: Trio

This week's puzzle (pdf, puz, pdf solution) was inspired by a recent Billboard accomplishment. Enjoy!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Puzzle #48: But Wait, There's More

If you subscribe to Outside the Box Puzzles, you'll be getting a double dose of me today, since I've got a variety puzzle there which should be going out soon. In the meantime, enjoy this non-variety puzzle (pdf, puz, pdf solution). No embedded version of this week, because of special characters that don't play nice with the applet.

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.)