“The Flop House”

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Movie buffs are going to enjoy this week’s solve more than… that one friend you have who “doesn’t watch movies,” because… TRIBUTE PUZZLE ALERT!

Tomorrow night I’m going to see a live recording of The Flop House, my favorite podcast, here in Boston. Simple premise: three irrepressibly nerdy comedians watch a bad movie, then they talk about it. Highly recommend, 10/10.

Elliott, Dan, & Stuart 🤓🤓🤓


BOX OFFICE BOMB is a revealer I’ve been messing with for a couple of years now, specifically connected to HOLY HAND GRENADE (15). Most of the iterations of this puzzle have come out trivia-heavy, with PROTON TORPEDO being a stretch unless you’re a “Star Wars” geek (check), and EXPLODING GUM being *maybe* inferable if you’ve never seen “Mission: Impossible.”

And if you just don’t like (or know) movies (or podcasts), tune back in a couple Sundays hence for a new puzzle that will alienate an entirely different subset of solvers!

Puzzle #8: Loose Chronology

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Omg omg omg we interrupt this regularly-scheduled Rossword Puzzle for a shameless plug. You *didn’t hear it from me*, but tomorrow’s New York Times puzzle is totally worth solving. Not because I had a hand in it (I did), but because it’s a NYT debut for this stellar human. Amanda reached out to me some months ago for some construction tips, and as of this writing she’s sold several crosswords to outlets like Inkubator, the WSJ, and the NY Times. And she’s my new puzz bestie. 💕

Anyway, a bit about this week’s Rossworld Puzzle below… *SPOILER ALERT*

Drip tock

This puzzle’s revealer, DO YOU HAVE THE TIME, is one of those 16-letter revealers that you giddily count out hoping (HOPINNNGGG) it’ll fit in a standard 15×15 grid. When it doesn’t, you know that whatever you come up with is going a) to the NYT, which allows constructors to go 16-wide, b) onto the scrap heap, or c) onto your blog. And… here we are.

There aren’t any super long down “bonus” answers because the middle themer requires black box placement that chops up the sides pretty thoroughly. But when the first themer came to mind, I knew there was a decent puzz here.

Solve it quick, nerds… tempus fugit!

“Silent Night”

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This week’s puzzle is a day late, but I have a good excuse. My close friend Alex got married, and as his best man it was my solemn duty to … make him a happy couple-themed crossword puzzle. But because Alex is an engineer, he decided to render the puzzle a bit more elaborately than I expected:

(This whole concept was actually Jessie’s idea.)


Today’s puzzle ISN’T the Alex/Lauren themed puzzle. But it’s one that I really like. Do you know how many wordz in the Engliszh language have szilent z’s? NOT THAT MANY. And they’re basically all loanwords.

Sweet dreams, nerds.