Category: Difficulty

crosswords for these troubling times

“Hit the Low Notes”

by Jessie Bullock & Ross Trudeau [.puz][PDF][Solution] Difficulty: 3.25/5 This past Valentine’s Day, Jessie and I decided to build a puzzle together on Twitch in lieu of a romantic dinner. And we’re all about romantic dinners. But as it happened, Valentine’s Day fell on a Monday, and it was just more convenient for us to…
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“Completely Tone Deaf”

[.puz][PDF][Solution] Difficulty: 4/5 On Thursday morning I awoke to a strongly-worded email from a solver who’d just got done with my 5/12 New York Times puzzle. (Spoiler ahead.) She was disappointed that I had been careless enough to misspell Margaret Atwood’s name in the grid, and on this of all weeks! After all, her highest-profile…
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“Sounds Painful”

[.puz][PDF][Solution] Difficulty: 3.25/5 Today’s puzzle is reactive and autobiographical. No two ways about it. Back in December I shared an essay about my personal struggle with Schwannomatosis. I was ambivalent about relating some of those details for predictable reasons, but the reception that piece got from you all erased any lingering doubts I had about…
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“Bound to Succeed”

by Parker Higgins & Ross Trudeau [.puz][PDF][Solution] Difficulty: 3.75/5 N.B.: Today’s puzzle is 21×21, so the clues may populate above/below the grid, rather than to the right. For best results, feel free to print the PDF and solve on paper! We were inspired to run today’s puzzle by a recent New York Times Magazine profile…
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“Thar She Blows!”

by Aaron Paulsen & Ross Trudeau [.puz][PDF][Solution] Difficulty: 3/5 I write to you from a Manhattan just beginning to bestow the glory of spring on New Yorkers, so this’ll be a short post as Jessie and I are eager to hit the pavement. Beyond a mutual affection for al fresco sidewalk brunch and unexpected Art…
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