Month: November 2021

crosswords for these troubling times

“Touched by an Angel”

[.puz][PDF][Solution] πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸš’ πŸ‘ΌπŸ» πŸ§‘πŸΌβ€βš•οΈ Today’s puzzle took a circuitous route to the blog. I wrote it back in 2019, and it was accepted by The New York Times editorial team as a Wednesday-ish grid. But before the team could slate it for publication, the novel Coronavirus–for which the novelty is beginning to wear off somewhat…
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“MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!”

[.puz][PDF][Solution] πŸŽ…πŸ»πŸŽ„πŸŽ πŸ€ΆπŸ½β›„οΈ Difficulty: 3/5 These days, if I’m ever tempted to try to make myself cry, I think about Thanksgiving, 2020. A pandemic surge was underway and vaccines weren’t available, so Jessie and I forewent seeing our families–something I’d never done before in 36 years–on both Thanksgiving and Christmas. The part that makes me…
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The Bitter End

[.puz][PDF][Solution] πŸ₯΄ Difficulty: 2.5 / 5 Today’s puzzle is actually a sub-in grid, since the crossword I intended to post had a thematic conceit which was rendered decidedly *in poor taste* by recent events within the last day or two. Perhaps eventually I’ll share the unfortunate coincidence, but for now, the substitute puzzle is appropriately…
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USMNT November Warm-Up

a mid-week bonus puzzle for U.S. Soccer heads [.puz][PDF][Solution] βš½οΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ’₯ Mid-week bonus puzzle! There are two things I love as much as crossword puzzles: my fiancΓ©e and U.S. soccer. And in two days time, Jessie and I will be getting on a plane to Cincinnati to see my beloved U.S.M.N.T. play Mexico, the first time…
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E = MC^2

by Jessie Bullock & Ross Trudeau [.puz][PDF][Solution] 🎀🎀🎀🎀🎀 Difficulty: 3.5/5 For anyone out there not aware the Boswords Fall Themeless League, there’s a weekly ongoing crossword tournament that takes place on Monday evenings. Founders Andrew Kingsley and John Lieb emcee the event live on their Twitch stream, and most participants solve synchronously at around 9:15p…
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