[,puz][PDF][Solution] 🩸🩸🩸🩸🙀 Difficulty: 2.5/5
Quick post today, as I’m 0% prepared for the trick-or-treaters who descend in droves on our double t-junctioned street here in Cambridge. We’re not dressing up beyond whatever I cobble together this afternoon because we’ve been neck deep in getting Jessie ready for *job interviews*. She’s got a few fly-outs in the coming weeks, and I’m already spoOoOoky proud of her. Plus, our roommate is a literal black cat, and I get the sense that she’s deeply embarrassed for us whenever we get ready to leave the house in any kind of seasonally-appropriate garb.
A couple of thoughts/spoilers for “Will These Hands Ne’er Be Clean?” after the jump. Stay safe out there, friends. You never know what kind of political ideology folks are spiking the candy with…
This grid is scaAaAary unconventional, specifically because of the placement of the DRIPPING BLOOD revealer all the way on the left side of the puzzle. I had to stash it over there because the theme set was spoOoOoOokily constrained, with BLOOMFIELD and BLOCK PERIOD being the only or near-only answers I could find that distributed the B-L-O-O-Ds in that way. Then, of course, to get the DRIPPING effect, they have to be ordered correctly left-to-right.
Kudos as always to AmuseLabs for giving us the creative flexibility to spatter our Halloween puzzles in neon gore. Happy Halloween and happy solving, friends!
8 thoughts on “Will These Hands Ne’er Be Clean?”
Good tricks in this treat.
Favorite clues: 16A, 25A, 51D.
Surprise! Your crossword was poisoned. You’ve got about 24 hours before you zombify, Rich. Happy Halloween!
Oh I’ve been brain-dead for years. Who knew crosswords would aggravate rather than ameliorate the condition?
Best wishes on Jessie’s interviews, and thanks for the scary puzzle…really nice!
Kelly <–refusing gray cat's plea to spray paint her black…
To be totally honest, Ruby is a tortoiseshell, though looks jet black unless she’s posing in direct sunlight. Thanks for the well wishes, Kelly!
Clever fun. DEBRA and IVS my favorites.
Thanks for stopping by, John!
Regarding 50A: Sleep no more.
There is no sleepwalking through this horror show of a puzzle. I still have bloodstained hands. Out damned spot! Out I say!