Category: Easy

crosswords for these troubling times

“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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“Filler Injections”

by Ross Trudeau [.puz][PDF][Solution] Difficulty: 2.5/5 Great news! The good folks at Boswords are re-running their Spring Themeless League. “Preseason” puzzle goes up 2/28. It’s a weekly crossword competition that runs on Monday evenings (you have several days to solve the weekly puzzle if you can’t solve live). They stream the proceedings on Twitch, including…
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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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“Shaken, Not Stirred”

by Ella Dershowitz & Ross Trudeau [.puz][PDF][Solution] This week’s puzzle is a collaboration with Ella Dershowitz, whose name you’ll recognize from last Thursday’s New York Times crossword! Ella and I started talking grid last May when she reached out via Twitter for some puzzle advice. In the months since then, she’s had puzzles published with…
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“Comfort Food”

by Nina Sloan & Ross Trudeau [.puz][PDF][Solution] 😋🍛😋🥙 What a relief to have spent some time working with Nina on this lighthearted grid. Looking back, in the last year I’ve unintentionally devoted a *bunch* of energy to creating puzzles that I hoped would have some sort of political efficacy. One for Ed Markey’s campaign here…
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