Month: November 2020

crosswords for these troubling times

“Three Piece Bands”

by Evelyn Rubin & Ross Trudeau [.puz][PDF][Solution] There’s a lot happening on the homefront right now. Jessie and I cooked a Thanksgiving spread for, uh, conservatively? Ten people. So now we have two weeks worth of leftovers and an ongoing challenge of frankensteining them into various culinary retreads. Yesterday we had sweet potato pancakes. I…
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“Wait… Where’s the Turkey?”

by Amanda Rafkin & Ross Trudeau πŸ¦ƒ πŸ’¨ [PDF][Solution] Happy Thanksgiving! We depart from our regularly-scheduled programming to bring you a special holiday puzzle. It’s *so* special, in fact, that it breaks our solving apps. SO. You’re going to need to print “Wait… Where’s the Turkey” and solve on paper. Apologies to those of you…
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“Electric Slide”

[.puz][PDF][Solution] Jessie and I recently cancelled our Thanksgiving and Christmas travel plans, which means 2020 will break my lifelong streak of 36 holiday seasons spent in New York City with my parents. This is a heavy blow, but it’s the right call. We’re buoying our spirits by reframing this year as an opportunity to forge…
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“Train Your Brain”

[.puz][PDF][Solution] πŸ‹πŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸΎβ€β™€οΈπŸ’ͺ🏼 Before COVID, I went to an indoor climbing gym five days a week. When we went into lockdown and I bid adieu to my favorite form of exercise, it quickly became evident that even more than the climbing, I was mourning the loss of that community. When this is all over, I strongly…
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Themeless Puzzle

by Amanda Rafkin & Ross Trudeau [.puz][PDF][Solution] When I opened my eyes this morning, it took me a few long, disoriented moments to realize that what I was feeling was relief. We’re in the midst of a pandemic, yes, and huge barriers to justice and the health of our democracy lie ahead… and yet. Relief.…
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