Month: February 2020

crosswords for these troubling times

“Suds Buckets”

[.puz][PDF][Solution] πŸΊπŸ€“πŸ’‘ My. Cup. Runneth. OVER. This afternoon I ran a “How to Make a NYT Crossword” workshop at my neighborhood tap room, Lamplighter Brewery. The enthusiasm and camaraderie of the 55 attendees (30 womxn!) was overwhelming, and I fully intend to run it back. Would such an event find a happy home in your…
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“Reptilian Overlords”

[.puz][PDF][Solution] 🦎 🐍 🐊 πŸ› This puzzle was inspired by comedian Claire Parker’s Twitter bio (spoiler alert), which led me down a deep, dark Wiki-conspiracy rabbit hole. I had only tangentially been aware of the Reptilian Overlord conspiracy theory. Which, if you’re not familiar with, deserves extensive poorly-sourced research on your part. *SPOILER ALERT* One…
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“Mystery Ingredient”

[.puz][PDF][Solution] πŸ‘¨β€πŸ³πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ³πŸ‘©πŸΎβ€πŸ³πŸ‘¨β€πŸ³ Tomorrow, Wednesday February 5th, my 24th puzzle appears in the New York Times. In an odd bit of happenstance, it was the *third* puzzle I ever had accepted by Will Shortz et al. I’m looking back at the grid, and… I don’t hate it. Which is sort of an anomaly for me in…
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