Big news today, friends. Parker and I are very pleased to be able to finally share with you a project that’s been several months in the making: “The Honeypot Puzzle Fragments“! It’s a crossword zine (print only!) with a twist that we think fans of the NYT Spelling Bee are really going to enjoy. And it’s also a work of light historical fiction! We’d be honored and grateful if you’d consider backing us on Kickstarter by pre-ordering your own copy. You can also visit the Honeypot Puzzle Fragments website for background information on these enigmatic relics and their discoverer, that tragic Dr. Howard Box.
AND! If you pre-order via Kickstarter, you can elect to pick up your copy at ACPT directly from me and Parker at our table in the puzzle marketplace. You’re signed up for ACPT aren’t you?
We’re proud of this one, to be sure. This concept combines tons of what Parker and I talk about re: satisfying theme sets. First, it’s super tight. There are a couple of other R-A-M-P words (FRAMPTON, TRAMPOLINE, etc.), but the list is short enough to make coming up with a list of synonyms that use the first couple of letters as a word with R-A-M-P in them pretty ding-dang satisfying. The list was so short that we couldn’t find a way to place the themers without resorting to up-down mirror symmetry, which I believe I’ve only done twice before on this site.
Our biggest regret about today’s puzzle has to do with not being able to fit THE KRAKEN / THE K[RAMP]US into the theme set. It would have worked in a puzzle with slightly larger dimensions, but likely at the cost of the total symmetry of the present arrangement.
We’ve also collected a dossier of citations and references to defend us against the “the past tense of tread is trod, not TREADED!” crowd. Especially for the phrase “tread lightly,” it turns out that “treaded lightly” is common usage.
Happy solving, friends!