Category: Lucy Howard

crosswords for these troubling times

“I Speak for the Trees”

by Lucy Howard & Ross Trudeau [.puz][PDF][Solution] Difficulty: 3.5/5 I started making crosswords with Lucy in spring of 2020. Since then we’ve published multiple puzzles together (including a particularly saccharine Times Sunday), shared countless geeked-out afternoons talking grid, gone on wine tasting Zoom double dates, and, well. We’re friends. And just a month ago, Lucy…
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“Captured on Film”

by Lucy Howard & Ross Trudeau [.puz][PDF][Solution] 🐛🐜🦋 Difficulty: 2.5/5 Today’s puzzle is a collaboration with Lucy Howard, a cherished friend whom I’ve never met in person. Towards the beginning of the pandemic we connected online via puzzles, and in the intervening months we’ve communed over rock climbing, we did an in-home Zoom wine tasting…
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“Jab This Puzzle”

by Lucy Howard & Ross Trudeau [.puz][PDF][Solution] As I sit down to post today’s puzzle, my co-constructor Lucy and I are texting about all the rock climbing we’re going to do together in the After Times. I’ve also got a double strong cup of home brew, an uncommonly docile purr machine unconscious in my lap,…
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“I’ll See You in Hell!”

by Lucy Howard & Ross Trudeau [.puz][PDF][Solution] 🔥🔥🔥 She’s BACK! Lucy has previously collaborated with me on puzzles on this site and the New York Times, but now she’s returned with a trickier offering. I’m giving this puzzle a 4/5 on difficulty, and the grid architecture alone should alert you to the fact that *something*…
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“Her Story”

by Lucy Howard & Ross Trudeau [.puz][PDF][Solution] Lucy and I have never met in person, but I already count her among my good friends, owing to the amount of time we’ve spent making grids together in recent weeks. It’s hard to call this week’s puzzle a tribute per se, though it feels timely given all…
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