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crosswords for these troubling times

Puzzle #8: Loose Chronology

[Across Lite] [PDF] [Solution] ⏰🤔 Omg omg omg we interrupt this regularly-scheduled Rossword Puzzle for a shameless plug. You *didn’t hear it from me*, but tomorrow’s New York Times puzzle is totally worth solving. Not because I had a hand in it (I did), but because it’s a NYT debut for this stellar human. Amanda…
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“Silent Night”

[AcrossLite] [PDF] [Solution] 🤫 🛌 😴 This week’s puzzle is a day late, but I have a good excuse. My close friend Alex got married, and as his best man it was my solemn duty to … make him a happy couple-themed crossword puzzle. But because Alex is an engineer, he decided to render the…
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“Them’s Fightin’ Words!”

[PDF] [AcrossLite] [Solution] Fight me. 👊🏽💥 Crossword puzzles tournaments ARE A THING. Yesterday I competed in my second Lollapuzzoola, an annual event here in N.Y.C., and came THIS CLOSE to my ULTIMATE GOAL … of cracking the top-100. If you’re reading this, you should go to this or any of the major puzzle tournaments (ACPT,…
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“Men Can Be Such Babies”

[PDF] [Across Lite] [Solution] 🤷🏽‍♂️🤷🏻‍♂️🤷🏼‍♂️ 🐣 If anyone out there wants to crunch some data on the gender distribution of people referenced in crossword puzzles (both answers and clues), I think there’s quite a few retweets in that research for you. As a general rule, most mainstream puzzles skew heavily towards representing men. I was…
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“Fall of the British Empire”

[PDF] [Across Lite] [Solution] I love grid circles. My crosswords are full of them. They’re full circle. The tool allows you to achieve some interesting visual effects with a grid, and I dig how this one came out. That being said, they can get overused, so I’ll try to space them out. It’s surprising to…
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