Sunday, October 31, 2021

Puzzle Thirty-Nine: Release the Bats!

Happy Halloween everyone! Bonus 21x puzzle for those of you handing out candy or otherwise just chilling at home tonight. 

.puz / PDF

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Puzzle Thirty-Eight: New Wave Halloween! (meta)

This month's meta presents a devilish conundrum: 

You can't find your friends at the Halloween party. All you know is that they're (group costume!) dressed as a 1980s band. Meta answer #1 is the name of the band. Meta answer #2 is what your friends are wearing as part of their costume that might be making it hard to find them.

You read that correctly: there are TWO meta answers this month. The form has been updated accordingly with two answer slots. However, you don't have to submit both answers at once, or one before the other. The winner will be the first person to have submitted both answers correctly. In the unlikely event that no one gets both answers correct, the winner will be the first person to submit either half correctly, so if you get one of the two, go ahead and submit it! I'll try to have updated leaderboards posted for both answers over on the XWord-Muggles subforum ( 

Submit your responses before Tuesday, November 2 at 12 PM EST at the link below:

PDF / puz

UPDATE @ 10/28, 5:48 PM EST: 45-Down clue was mostly missing and has now been replaced.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Puzzle Thirty-Seven: Inktober Prompt Midi, October 19, 2021

Inktober is a "month long art challenge [in which] every day for the month of October anyone participating in the Inktober challenge creates an ink drawing and posts it online."

I made it to Day 5 this year before running short on time, ability, patience, and, literally, ink (I didn't know that you weren't supposed to use markers until Day 5, when I switched to a fountain pen that promptly ran dry and while I definitely have more ink around here somewhere, that doesn't mean I know exactly where it is...) 

There are daily Inktober drawing prompts, and after checking today's, rather than finding that ink, I just based a midi crossword around it. Online only. Hope you enjoy. 

Friday, October 15, 2021

Puzzle Thirty-Six: Deep Concentration (freestyle)

I've been waiting to drop this one. Hope you enjoy. 


Solving music: Dilated Peoples' "DJ Babu in Deep Concentration," a tribute to Gang Starr's classic "DJ Premier in Deep Concentration" 

Puzzle Eighty-Four: Take a Cue (themeless) + Midi Controller No. 2

Hopefully smooth-solving 66-word themeless today from a forthcoming pack of 10 themelesses on the Crossword app from Redstone Games. And spe...