Sunday, July 15, 2018

Cntst Pzzl results

Last week's vowelless contest puzzle asked you to identify an author.


The first thing to notice is that six of the entries have enumerations that don't match the actual answer. For example, 1-Across is clued as [Wrote illegibly (5 5)]. The answer is SCRWLD, representing SCRAWLED, so it should be enumerated (8). But the second thing to notice is that, with the given enumerations, each of those entries could also represent the name of an author - in this case, OSCAR WILDE. The authors are as follows:

Oscar Wilde (SCRWLD, scrawled)
Jane Austen (JNSTN, Jan Steen)
Anita Loos (NTLS, entails)
Dante (DNT, donate)
Euripides (RPDS, rapids)
Celeste Ng (CLSTNG, closeting)

The first letters of their last names (or the single names they're commonly known by, in the case of Dante and Euripides), spell out WALDEN, the title of a book by Henry David Thoreau. And Thoreau's last name has the same consonants as author (THR).

26 solvers submitted correct answers, and the randomly chosen winner is Ken Crowell, who receives a copy of Peter Broda's vowelless collection Made Without AEIOU. Congrats, Ken! If you didn't win, you should get yourself a copy of Made Without AEIOU anyway. At a price of "pay what you want," it's a bargain.


Monday, July 9, 2018

Puzzle #88: Cntst Pzzl

For the first time ever, we've got a contest puzzle (pdf, puz, pdf solution) this week (and it's a vowelless, as you might guess from the title). Once you've solved the puzzle, there's a meta; the meta answer is an author. (The PDF solution file includes a list of the full answers for the curious, though of course it doesn't include the meta answer.)

The theme was inspired by Peter Broda's recent collection of vowelless puzzles, Made Without AEIOU. Peter has graciously offered to donate a copy of the collection for the winner. Send your answer to the email address in the right sidebar by Sunday at noon for a chance to win - a randomly chosen correct entry will win. (If you win and you've already bought a copy of Made Without AEIOU, we'll find another prize for you.) Good luck!


Monday, June 25, 2018

Puzzle #87: A Notable Difference

Puzzles two weeks in a row even though I said I'd be switching to an occasional schedule? Yeah, yeah, but current events moved me to post this one (pdf, puz, pdf solution). Content warning: If you're not in the mood to think about particularly upsetting current events right now, you may want to skip this one.


Monday, June 4, 2018

Puzzle #85: What a Mess

Before the puzzle, an announcement: Starting this week, I'm switching from a weekly schedule to an "occasional" schedule. The main reason is that there are so many good new crosswords out there now, including the Puzzle Society daily and the New Yorker puzzles on Mondays, plus Dave Murchie's Monday Fills. Don't want to overwhelm the solvers! Of course, if you want a weekly dose of bewilderment, you can still subscribe to the Thursday puzzles (see the right sidebar).

Also before the puzzle, the answer to last week's meta, which asked you to identify the outcome of the game depicted in the grid. As some people guessed just from the title, "Hugs and Kisses," the game was tic-tac-toe, depicted using the X's and O's in the grid.


As you can see, the game (like all tic-tac-toe games by players who know their stuff) is a tie. A bunch of solvers even submitted the answer "cat's game," thus teaching me the term for a tied game in tic-tac-toe!

And finally, on to this week's puzzle (pdf, puz, pdf solution).



Monday, May 28, 2018

Puzzle #84: Hugs and Kisses (meta)

It's been a while since I've posted a meta! The answer to this week's meta (pdf, puz, pdf solution) is the outcome of the game depicted in the grid. As always, my email is open.


Monday, May 21, 2018

Puzzle #83: Manspreading

My subscription service turns a year old this week! You can sign up at any time (see the right sidebar), but even if you're not a subscriber you can also buy a selection of some of my favorite puzzles from the first year - just shoot me an email.

Onto this week's puzzle (pdf, puz, pdf solution)!