Month: June 2020

crosswords for these troubling times

“A Doonesbury Special”

[.puz] [PDF] [Solution] We interrupt our regular weekly puzzle for an exciting feature: A Doonesbury Special! Full disclosure: Garry Trudeau and I lived together for the first 18 years of my life. The puzzle features 18 Doonesbury character answers, so this one is for the real ‘toon-heads. Feel free to direct blowback to Garry’s Twitter…
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“Caught Napping”

[.puz][PDF][Solution] 😴😴😴 The first time I learned about Juneteenth was in grade school, but to be honest, I don’t think I gave the day more than passing consideration until 2016, when Donald Glover made it the focus of a scathingly satirical episode of Atlanta. You should watch. In episodes where Lakeith Stanfield isn’t stealing the…
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“Sly Nod”

by Jillian Greenspan & Ross Trudeau [.puz][PDF][Solution] 💥🥊 Boswords 2020 is moving online. Lollapuzzoola 2020 is cancelled, with an online version a possibility. ACPT was rescheduled for September, though I can’t imagine it goes forward as planned. Crossword tournaments have always been a highlight of my social calendar. I relish the opportunity to connect face-to-face…
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“Action Pose”

by Jessie Bullock and Ross Trudeau [.puz][PDF][Solution] Last summer, I went on a conspicuously good first date with a ballerina-turned-political scientist just returned from studying crime and political corruption in Rio. Swoon! I tried to temper my excitement, but the following morning I got an email from Will Shortz saying that a 2-year old puzzle…
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