Friday, February 18, 2022

Puzzle Forty-Nine: Royalty-Free Music (meta)

The answer to this month's meta contest is a punk song from the 1970s.

Deadline: Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 12 PM EST. 

Please submit your answers here:

If you have any issues submitting, email me.

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And I haven't mentioned donations lately, but if you enjoyed these puzzles over the past year, please consider making a small contribution via the tip jar. The donations I received at last year's end really helped with the cost of the stickers and postage (plus printer ink, paper, domain name costs, etc.) 

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Puzzle Forty-Eight: Front Nine

Lightly themed 72-worder this week - also available in the R. Allen Vol. 4 puzzle pack on the Redstone Games Crossword app (App Store / Google Play Store). I also have a Vol. 1 of 5x5 mini puzzles available on the app, samples of which appeared here and here on Crosshare this past week.

(Does this puzzle look like a cheerful bunny? Yes. Is that related to the theme at all? No. When you use left-right mirror symmetry on a 15x15 grid it's remarkable how frequently you produce something that looks like a bunny or a panda bear.)

I also released some new music on my Bandcamp site a few weeks ago. It's free to stream and pay-what-you-wish to download. If you're solving in the applet below, you should give it a spin - I think it makes good solving music. 

PDF / puz

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Puzzle Forty-Seven: Cryptic No. 1


Some procedurally generated art by me from one of the two
days of #genuary2022 I managed to complete

I'm very excited to share the first Lexicon Devil cryptic. I would particularly appreciate feedback on this one, because these are not easy to construct and I know I have a lot of room for improvement. I'm even going to experiment with turning on the comments for the blog. Many thanks to Steve Mossberg for test-solving. 

In other news, congrats to "It's a Crime!" meta winners Hector and whimsy. See the solution and leaderboard here.

Puzzle Eighty-Two: Word Worms #3

 Gradually improving the playability of these little puzzles. The .jpz file  has corrected colors and is navigable in the way I intended wit...