Sunday, May 23, 2021

Puzzle Twenty-Nine: California Roll (freestyle)


Bonus puzzle today outside of the standard biweekly schedule. This past week saw the publication of a number of themelesses (see, e.g., Trent's and Quiara's) with equally rounded-off corners, what some call "cookie grids" and I privately think of as "sushi grids." I had been meaning to post this puzzle on a future date and figured I would bump it up. A slightly easier version has already appeared in Volume 2 of my puzzles in Redstone Games's Crossword Puzzle Free iPhone and Android app (there's also a paid version). 

It's about a year old at this point and contains three or four entries I might not use now, but I'm still fond of the long entries and one crossing in particular, though I can't say which without spoiling things. Hope you enjoy. 64 words / 43 blocks / 5/69 avg. length. 

puz / PDF

Friday, May 21, 2021

Puzzle Twenty-Eight: Opening Rounds (meta)

It's pretty hard to find clip art for this one without giving the answer away.

It's time for another meta. I'll call this one a Week 2.5. 

The meta answer is a two-word game. Submit your responses before Tuesday, May 25 at 12 PM EST at the link below:

https://forms.gle/3NdX8Gwqg1jEoraAA

Two winners will receive LD stickers.

Feel free to email with questions and comments.

Hint Policy: I don't give individual nudges. But if I get enough word from solvers that they're stuck, I will generally post one or more additional hints on the page and a notice of same on XWordMuggles, /r/crossword, and the Crosscord Discord server. So let me know if you're stuck, and where.

Congratulations to Puzzle 26 winners KitchenDiva and LuckyGuest! I'll post the explanation shortly.

PUZ / PDF






Friday, May 7, 2021

Puzzle Twenty-Seven: Shades of Red (freestyle)

Memorial to 32-Down in Zwickau, Saxony

Another freestyle on the hard side. 68 words.  Average word length 5.5 letters. Thanks to Quiara V. of QVXwordz for test-solving. She's got a new themeless up today so go solve that one too. 

TW: communism.

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Puzzles Thirty-Three and Thirty-Four: Luck of the Draw, Parts One and Two

A few months ago I challenged myself to construct a themeless puzzle incorporating the first five words produced by an online random word ge...