Sunday, February 21, 2021

Puzzle 20: Building Suspense (meta)


Today's puzzle proved tough for test solvers despite its small size, leading to some changes, such as starred entries, which will hopefully make the path clearer. 

The deadline is Tues., Feb. 23 at noon EST.

The meta answer is the title characters of a well-known folk tale.

Thanks to Abide and Cap'n Rick for test solving.

Submit your answers here.

NOTE: LD puzzles are now going out to the mailing list first. If you're not already subscribed, send an email to lexicondevillive@outlook.com with the subject line "subscribe." 



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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Puzzle Nineteen: Mittens & Tiger LLP

 

Watch the video above first if you haven't seen it already.

EDIT: If you enjoyed this puzzle, I also had last Saturday's Universal crossword, "Digital Connection" (click on link, then click on grid icon in applet and select 02/06/21).  

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Thursday, February 4, 2021

Puzzle Eighteen: Washington Gridlock (meta)


The meta returns after an unscheduled two-week break. I was rushing to post this puzzle on the morning of January 21 when I spotted a factual error in a clue. At that point I still hadn't written a blog post to go with the puzzle, found a header image, set up an answer spreadsheet... So I set it aside for the day, despite preferring not to post meta puzzles on Fridays because the WSJ and MGWCC metas are posted on Fridays. Then, on Friday morning, I decided I didn't like the title, and I still hadn't fixed the factual error. So I punted again. And then I was busy with other responsibilities for another week and a half. 

I had originally intended to post puzzles bimonthly. Then I got on a roll and wound up posting them weekly, which has been fun, but also a ton of work on a very short self-imposed deadline. In particular, it doesn't budget in enough time for test-solving, which helps a great deal in ironing out issues with the metas. I'm happy with most of the metas I've posted so far, but I intend the ones I have planned for the near future to be even better, and that's going to require a different approach. So this is a heads-up both that I will be returning to my original biweekly plan and that if you enjoy solving the metas, you should sign up for the Lexicon Devil mailing list, because I will be distributing the metas by email before putting them on the site to ensure they go out at a consistent day and time. More on that later – just sign up for the list now. 

The answer to this week's meta is a former US president. The puzzle itself, though, at 70 entries and a four-star-plus difficulty level, is another meta/themeless hybrid, so you should feel free to treat it like a themeless and ignore the meta aspect if that's not your bag. 

Submit your answer by clicking HERE

Submissions are due by Monday, February 8, 2021 at 12:00 PM EST. 

The January 7 meta "Miles to Go" proved more of a fun run for many solvers – read more on the solutions page HERE.

If you have any issues submitting your answer, just put it in an email to lexicondevillive at outlook dot com with your name, preferred screen name / ID and email address and I'll add you in manually. 

Two winners – the first person to submit a correct answer and another person selected at random from the correct entries – will receive a Lexicon Devil sticker as well as the respect of their puzzling peers.  

If you're enjoying these puzzles – especially the metas, which are time-consuming to construct and oversee – please consider making a small contribution via the tip jar: 



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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Puzzle Seventeen: 5000 Miles



Winners of last week's meta challenge, "Miles to Go," were I.K. Snamhcok and LesY. Check out the Solutions page for the answer.

Today's puzzle is a sentimental favorite from my early construction days of late 2019 with a grid I was (accurately) told "could have more connectivity." I still like the theme and hopefully so do you. Enjoy!

If you download the PDF, you'll notice that the formatting is much improved. Shout out to Github user njyoon for creating this terrific .puz to PDF converter that I'm going to be using for the foreseeable future.


Thursday, January 7, 2021

Puzzle Sixteen: Miles To Go (meta)



Weird grid for a weird week. It's your job to figure out the Gaffney Week 3-ish method to the madness. (And apologies in advance for some rougher-than-usual fill.)

The answer to this week's meta is a 13-letter sporting event

Submit your answer by clicking HERE

Submissions are due by Monday, January 11, 2020 at 12:00 PM EST. 

The December 24 meta gave solvers a workout -- read more on the solutions page HERE.

If you have any issues submitting your answer, just put it in an email to lexicondevillive at outlook dot com with your name, preferred screen name / ID and email address and I'll add you in manually. 

Two winners – the first person to submit a correct answer and another person selected at random from the correct entries – will receive a Lexicon Devil sticker as well as the respect of their puzzling peers.  

If you're enjoying these puzzles -- especially the metas, which are time-consuming to construct and oversee -- please consider making a small contribution via the newly added tip jar: 



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Thursday, December 31, 2020

Puzzle Fifteen: Hunting High and Low (freestyle)

Illustration by Henry Holiday from Lewis Carroll's "The Hunting of the Snark"


Winners of last week's meta challenge were gppasco and Megarrific

Another new freestyle. Enjoy! Thanks to Quiara Vasquez of QVXwordz for test-solving. 


Thursday, December 24, 2020

Puzzle Fourteen: Thread the Needle (meta)

Tougher meta for the long weekend -- like a Gaffney Week 3, probably.

The answer to this week's meta is a body part

Submit your answer by clicking HERE

Submissions are due by Monday, December 28, 2020 at 12:00 PM EST. 

If you have any issues submitting your answer, just put it in an email to lexicondevillive at outlook dot com with your name, preferred screen name / ID and email address and I'll add you in manually. 

Two winners – the first person to submit a correct answer and another person selected at random from the correct entries – will receive a Lexicon Devil sticker as well as the respect of their puzzling peers.  

If you're enjoying these puzzles -- especially the metas, which are time-consuming to construct and oversee -- please consider making a small contribution via the newly added tip jar: 



PUZ / PDF


Puzzle 20: Building Suspense (meta)

Today's puzzle proved tough for test solvers despite its small size, leading to some changes, such as starred entries, which will hopefu...