Thursday, May 19, 2022

Puzzle Fifty-Six: Consequences (meta)


The answer to this month's meta challenge is a possible punishment for children who get out of line.

IMPORTANT NOTE: the multiple appearances of ONE in this grid are not related to the meta answer.

Submit your answers before Tuesday, May 24 at 12 PM EST at https://forms.gle/pJcprn1qVhjDAsev7 

Before you submit your answer, you can make sure it's correct by using the answer checker at https://www.callingit.in/1/#HjNjljm6AHfM+PAG-DbFsqXjNV1GFsr8qW3//+epzzqrKSAZc-Q29uc2VxdWVuY2Vz

This month's contest winners will receive the highly coveted Lexicon Devil sticker. Did you know that you can buy a Lexicon Devil t-shirt with the same cool logo?

MIDI CONTROLLER is a pay-what-you-want zine of 15 midi puzzles for you to print and solve at home (or just solve via the included .puz files). Thanks to everyone who has purchased or downloaded so far!

.puz / PDF

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Puzzle Fifty-Five: Drama-Free (freestyle)


A more gently-clued 72-entry freestyle this week, and hopefully a smooth solve for you. Thanks to kateschmate for test-solving (go solve her puzzles if for some reason you're not doing that already).

.puz / PDF

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Puzzle Fifty-Four: Schmear Campaign


Another puzzle from the vaults. There's a story behind this one that follows below beneath the PuzzleMe applet. Thanks to Steve Mossberg for test-solving. 

Congrats to Abide and benchen71, who won the most recent meta contest for "Don't Hold Your Breath." An explanation is posted on the X-Word Muggles forum.

Reminder: I have a collection of 15 9x9 midi puzzles called MIDI CONTROLLER available on a pay-what-you-want basis over on GumRoad. Big thanks to everyone who's already bought or downloaded it!    


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I submitted this puzzle to the NYT a while back, feeling very good about my theme set. They wrote back and explained politely that it was a nice puzzle but they'd run one with the exact same theme and mechanic by Jacob Stulberg  in 2018. I was horrified, as I'd even searched the XWordInfo database for the revealer to make sure no one else had done it (it did seem surprising that no one else would have hit upon it). As it turned out, Jacob, as I ultimately did as well, split his revealer into two entries, CHEESE and SPREAD, so my search for CHEESE* hadn't turned up his puzzle. (Searching for DEADCALM, the one theme entry we both used, would have turned it up.) Upon consulting with Steve, who test-solved the puzzle, we concluded that we must both have solved Jacob's puzzle and just not remembered it. Apologies to Jacob for the inadvertent plagiarism. 

The story doesn't end there, however. Some time after putting the puzzle aside, I was reading Ben Tausig's 2013 book The Curious History of the Crossword. On p. 33 he mentions a puzzle by Aimee Lucido, not included in the book, with the revealer CUTTHECHEESE, in which "a different kind of cheese [is] 'cut up'" within each theme entry. EDAM, for example, appears within NERDGASMS. So I owe an additional apology and acknowledgement to Aimee, who came up with this theme at least five years before anyone else!

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Puzzle Fifty-Three: Don't Hold Your Breath (meta)

Isaac Moillon, "√Čole donnant les vents √† Ulysse"

The answer to this month's meta challenge is a four-letter word. 

Submit your answers before Tuesday, April 26 at 12 PM EST at https://forms.gle/Gq97R9XJNFz3Y1MP9.

Before you submit your answer, you can make sure it's correct by using this answer checker..

This month's contest winners will receive the highly coveted Lexicon Devil sticker. Did you know that you can buy a Lexicon Devil t-shirt with the same cool logo?

MIDI CONTROLLER is a pay-what-you-want zine of 15 midi puzzles for you to print and solve at home (or just solve via the included .puz files). Thanks to everyone who has purchased or downloaded so far!

.puz / PDF

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Puzzle Fifty-Two: Can't You See?

 


It's not uncommon in the crossworld to have a good theme idea and then to come across a newly published puzzle by someone else featuring the same idea, revealing they hit upon the same idea independently months before you did, or featuring an idea close enough to yours to reduce your puzzle's odds of publication significantly. Such was the case with last Friday's NYT puzzle by Caitlin Reid, which - spoiler alert - features a marquee entry / clue combo similar enough to a feature of this puzzle to mandate its publication here on the blog. They're still two different puzzles, so I hope that even if you solved Caitlin's puzzle, you'll give mine a spin. And if you didn't solve her puzzle, just solve mine first and you're good to go. 

Congrats to Paolo and Megarriffic, winners of last month's meta contest. You can see the leaderboard and read a writeup of the solution here on X-Word Muggles.

Lastly, I have a collection of 15 9x9 midi puzzles called MIDI CONTROLLER available on a pay-what-you-want basis over on GumRoad. Big thanks to everyone who's already bought or downloaded it!

PDF / .puz 

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Puzzle Fifty-One: How Did They Do That? (meta)



The answer to this month's meta challenge is a nine-letter word. 

Submit your answers at before Tuesday, March 29 at 12 PM EST at https://forms.gle/GEshTDoTqReko9JS9

And here's something new I'm testing out. Before you submit your answer, you can make sure it's correct by using the following answer checker link:


I've also been posting some mini-metas for #enigmarch in this Twitter thread (SPOILERS: the answers to some of the earlier puzzles are included in the thread): https://twitter.com/ambivalentricky/status/1506793742128328705

And on Sunday, April 3 be on the lookout for a Universal puzzle by me in those papers that carry the Universal 15x Sunday puzzle, as well as online, where it shouldn't be too tough to find.

Finally, introducing MIDI CONTROLLER, a booklet of 15 midi puzzles for you to print and solve at home (or just solve the included .puz files). 

This month's contest winners will receive both a Lexicon Devil sticker and a print copy of MIDI CONTROLLER.

.puz / PDF

Friday, March 11, 2022

Puzzle Fifty: Get the Horns (freestyle) (plus bonus mini-meta)

 

Mr. Ronnie James Dio, everyone

It's the big 5-0 for Lexicon Devil and we're celebrating with a chonky 64-word themeless inspired by Mr. Ryan McCarty's Chasms over at McGrids, plus a little bonus mini-meta below. Thanks again to Quiara for test-solving.

PDF / .puz 


I've been doing a puzzle-a-day challenge called #enigmarch over on Twitter. Wednesday's prompt was TRICK, which led to this mini-meta. Submit and check answers through Crosshare link below - no prize this time, but I'll post the leaderboard if you want.

Puzzle Fifty-Six: Consequences (meta)

The answer to this month's meta challenge is a possible punishment for children who get out of line. IMPORTANT NOTE: the multiple appear...