Sunday, September 25, 2022

Puzzle Sixty-One: Skip Ahead to the End (meta)

The meta answer is an eight-letter word

Submit answers at the link below before 12 PM EST, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022 Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 (I'm pushing this out two days because I couldn't get the blog post up until two days after I sent the puzzle via email):

https://forms.gle/FywmP7N4vgUS6qRX7

Check answers here:

https://www.callingit.in/1/#w09bErCt9zrCdQc9-PiXhj9xrqPin9THUryWLQe+Da8dPFDuW-U2tpcCBBaGVhZCB0byB0aGUgRW5k

As always, the winner gets the coveted Lexicon Devil sticker. 

.puz / PDF

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Puzzle Fifty-Nine: Now Where Was I? (meta)

 

Hitchhiker stock phots are really weird.

It's been an extremely busy past two months for me, with far less time to brainstorm and construct puzzles than in the past. As a result, the July contest meta... is now the August contest meta. 

One of the things I was up to: I went out of town with my family the week before last. While I was there, I had an idea for a meta puzzle. Where was I? Well, that's the meta answer.

The meta answer is a US state.

Submit answers at the link below by Wednesday, August 24 at 12 PM EST. Winners will receive the coveted Lexicon Devil sticker. 

https://forms.gle/cmYUZMRhxScpJxAV7

Check your answer beforehand at:

https://www.callingit.in/1/#qSf50xp8xZUcxVH+-Sv7/A5cW3x5IOp7O/QCxymB9tUPBQTfa-Tm93IFdoZXJlIFdhcyBJPw==

Back in July I was the Week 1 constructor for Guest Constructor Month over at Matt Gaffney's Weekly Crossword Contest. This was a huge honor for me - thank you, Matt! - and I was delighted by all the positive responses to the puzzle - by far the most I've ever received for any puzzle I've published. The link, in case you missed it:

https://xwordcontest.com/2022/07/mgwcc-735-guest-constructor-month-puzzle-1-friday-july-1st-2022-bit-by-bit-by-richard-d-allen.html

I also made my debut on the great AVCX Crosswords with "Bit Flipping," a puzzle I'm proud of and that I hope you'll enjoy. Even if you're not a subscriber (you should be!), you can get it for $1 at:

https://avxwords.com/puzzles/1129/

Have a great rest of the summer!

.puz / PDF

Friday, June 17, 2022

Puzzle Fifty-Eight: What Are The Odds? (meta)

The answer to this month's meta challenge is a four-letter word one might say upon completing the meta.

Nota bene: this is a harder meta than average for LD. 

Thanks to Peter Abide for test-solving.

Submit answers at the following link by Wednesday, June 23 at 12 PM EST:

https://forms.gle/W96tdBRb3fg7jy2t7

Check your answer at:

https://www.callingit.in/1/#lIJIoOv+71Dfof76-KqyHrUGZtnaMOgKBmIplBrgDULyTeNYu-V2hhdCBBcmUgVGhlIE9kZHM/

.puz / PDF

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Puzzle Fifty-Seven: Come Back Here!

via GIPHY

Another one with a story behind it. Scroll down below the applet once you're done.

No .puz file for this (yet). You can generate a PDF using the Print function in the applet.


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Last summer I was trying to decide whether to submit this or another puzzle to the New York Times when Max Carpenter made his Times debut with a puzzle with the exact same concept and revealer. No stranger to being beaten to the punch on puzzle themes, I shrugged, figuring I'd at least saved myself a guaranteed rejection, set this one aside for the blog, and submitted the other puzzle. Which they also rejected.

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

Puzzle Sixty-One: Skip Ahead to the End (meta)

The meta answer is an eight-letter word .  Submit answers at the link below before 12 PM EST, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022 Friday, Sept. 30, 2...