Month: January 2021

crosswords for these troubling times

“Teenage Dream”

[.puz][PDF][Solution] ✨πŸͺπŸŒ™ Jessie and I have come to start saying “56-Across!” to one another, at once ruefully and earnestly. Because while our quaranroutines are becoming, uh, well-established, we also find that the framing is everything. Here’s a page out of our recent dinner date playbook: order international cuisine from a local restaurant (tip generously if…
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“Body Language”

[.puz][PDF][Solution] πŸ‘…πŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ˜‰ Welcome to the first #rossword puzzle of the Biden administration! Perhaps fitting that it’s a mirror symmetry grid? Next week we won’t be quite so centrist. Speaking of the mainstream, don’t miss today’s New York Times Sunday crossword, which I co-wrote with my good friend Lucy Howard. I say “good friend” despite the…
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“Shaken, Not Stirred”

by Ella Dershowitz & Ross Trudeau [.puz][PDF][Solution] This week’s puzzle is a collaboration with Ella Dershowitz, whose name you’ll recognize from last Thursday’s New York Times crossword! Ella and I started talking grid last May when she reached out via Twitter for some puzzle advice. In the months since then, she’s had puzzles published with…
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“Follow the Money”

[.puz][PDF][Solution] πŸ“œβœ‰οΈ πŸ“°πŸ•΅πŸ½β€β™€οΈ This week’s grid is a Sunday-sized offering, which means that if you’re solving on a desktop browser, the clues aren’t going to present on the side of the puzzle like they normally do. (Note that the clue of the selected answer will always appear at the very top of the puzzle.) As…
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“Cover Up”

[.puz][PDF][Solution] Last week I was texting with my buddy Parker about some coding wizardry he’d put together to scrape and open crosswords from the web in his own solving interface. He’s been tweeting about it, so if there are any code monkeys out there in solving land, definitely give him a follow. Anyway, at some…
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