Month: May 2020

crosswords for these troubling times

“Speak Up”

[.puz][PDF][Solution] ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 As of today, I’m donating 100% of my crossword puzzle income through November 3rd to antiracism orgs and progressive candidates. In the short term, that’s Violence in Boston Inc. and ActBlue. It can’t plausibly claim to be a “silent majority” when enough voices join the call. Organize; donate; vote. Speak up. Make it…
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“Split Screen”

[.puz][PDF][Solution] πŸ“ΊπŸ’₯🀯 “Did you ever get the feeling you was bein’ watched?” asks a certain Looney Tunes character to the orange monster holding him in its clutches. “PEOPLE!?” screams the monster, after it realizes we–the cartoon watchers–are *out there,* watching it. It shrieks and runs directly away from us, leaving its cartoon silhouette in a…
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“Tear Jerkers”

[.puz][PDF][Solution] 😭😭😭 I’m shipping this week’s puzzle with a little bit of bonus content. The embedded video below is a glossary of crossword constructing jargon that my colleagues and I often toss around casually, leaving novice solvers/constructors potentially scratching their heads. Oftentimes, for me, the best part of solving an indie puzzle is getting to…
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“Dropdown Menu”

by Alison Ohringer and Ross Trudeau [.puz][PDF][solution] 🧡 Until pretty recently, the only puzzles I’d co-solve were the big ‘uns. Sundays. The grids two people can really sink both their teeth into at the same time. It turns out that collaborating on 21×21 grids yields similar returns. I think this particular puzzle sounds like me…
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“The Four Corners”

by Wyna Liu, Aimee Lucido, Amanda Rafkin, & Robyn Weintraub [.puz][PDF][Solution] Note: Each of this puzzle’s constructors built one quadrant of the grid. When the puzzle is complete, each constructor’s initials will occupy the circled boxes that bracket the corner she authored. Eeeeeeeee! Look at those NAMES. A few weeks ago I did the crossword…
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