Monday, January 14, 2019

Puzzle #95: Go Outside

If you're friends with me on Facebook, the theme of this puzzle (pdf, puz, pdf solution) might have been spoiled for you, since it grew out of a piece of wordplay I posted there and turned into a full-blown theme with the help of Andy Kravis and a couple of others. Fair warning: it's very silly!


Monday, December 24, 2018

Contest results: Rinks

Last week's contest puzzle, "Rinks," asked you to find a four-letter entry in the grid that would have made a good theme entry.

What were the actual theme entries? Well, there were four entries with numbers in brackets beside them:

SOAP OPERA (6)
CONCIERGE (4)
ESCORIAL (6)
JANELLE MONAE (7)

Each of those entries hides the name of a "rink" - a drink missing the letter D - and the number indicates the length of the rink:

SO(D)A POP
CI(D)ER
COR(D)IAL
LEMONA(D)E

So we're looking for a four-letter word that also hides a rink, and the answer is MEAN, which contains MEAD without the D. (I also would have accepted SORE, since RED can refer to a drink, but nobody submitted that.)

There were 45 correct submissions, and the randomly-chosen winner is Anna Gundlach, who receives a year's subscription to Bewilderingly. Congrats, Anna!

Monday, December 17, 2018

Puzzle #94: Rinks (contest puzzle)

This week's puzzle (pdf, puz, pdf solution) is a contest! The meta answer is a four-letter entry in the grid which could also have been a theme answer. Send in your answer to the email in the right sidebar by Sunday, December 23 at noon Eastern for a chance to win. A randomly chosen correct entry will win a year's subscription to Bewilderingly Puzzles (or, if they're already a subscriber, a puzzle subscription of their choice*).

*Other than PuzzleLux, that is. I'm not made of money!


Monday, December 3, 2018

Puzzle #93: Fifth Columnists

It's again been a while since I've posted a new one on the blog, so here's a mini puzzle (pdf, puz, pdf solution) to tide you over for a bit. Enjoy!


Monday, October 29, 2018

Turning on the TV solution

Last week's meta puzzle, Turning on the TV, asked you to identify a TV show. What where the theme entries? Well, there were three entries with starred clues: HBCU, BASEBOARD, and COMET. The title suggests that turning is involved, and indeed, each of those entries forms a word if you turn right in the middle and go down until you hit a block:


HBO BASEBALL COMEDY is a description of the aptly-named show Eastbound & Down, which is the meta answer. Congrats to everyone who got it right!


Monday, October 22, 2018

Puzzle #92: Turning on the TV (meta)

Hey, it's been a few weeks since I've posted a new puzzle, so here's a meta (pdf, puz, pdf solution). The meta answer is a TV show. As always, feel free to email me your guesses or to ask for hints; I'll post the answer here next week.

I'd also like to link to the Kickstarter for The Inkubator, a project supporting puzzles by women, edited by Laura Braunstein and Tracy Bennett (who are both excellent constructors and excellent people). They've already reached their funding goal, but it still can't hurt to donate!