Puzzle #8: Loose Chronology

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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 reached out to me some months ago for some construction tips, and as of this writing she’s sold several crosswords to outlets like Inkubator, the WSJ, and the NY Times. And she’s my new puzz bestie. 💕

Anyway, a bit about this week’s Rossworld Puzzle below… *SPOILER ALERT*

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This puzzle’s revealer, DO YOU HAVE THE TIME, is one of those 16-letter revealers that you giddily count out hoping (HOPINNNGGG) it’ll fit in a standard 15×15 grid. When it doesn’t, you know that whatever you come up with is going a) to the NYT, which allows constructors to go 16-wide, b) onto the scrap heap, or c) onto your blog. And… here we are.

There aren’t any super long down “bonus” answers because the middle themer requires black box placement that chops up the sides pretty thoroughly. But when the first themer came to mind, I knew there was a decent puzz here.

Solve it quick, nerds… tempus fugit!

Puzzle #3: Fall of the British Empire

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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 me that more mainstream crossword puzzle outlets don’t support the full such “gimmicky” gamut: circles, rebuses, shaded boxes, etc. They offer such potential in terms of new ways to execute avant-garde themes, and it doesn’t seem too terribly difficult from a backend perspective. This site runs PuzzleMe, which has rebuses/circles native to the software.

Oh, and before I’m accused of piling on the British, some of my best friends are from the U.K. So.

Plus… if Alex Morgan is wrong, I don’t want to be right. 🍵

Puzzle #2: Match Fixing

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“Match Fixing” is a special installment for anyone enjoying watching Team USA kick ass in France this summer. *SPOILER ALERT* This puzzle is… different. If you’re delighted, pissed off, or confused, scroll down for an insight into its construction. (Or just peep the solution.)

Megan, heroically protecting you from the spoilers

“Match Fixing” is an example of a quantum crossword, where two possible answers can both fit in the same spot. The most famous such example came in the New York Times back in 1996, when the puzzle appeared to have predicted the winner of presidential election. In fact, CLINTON and BOB DOLE were both viable answers.

In “Match Fixing”, you can put either AMERICA and ENGLAND as the winner of tomorrow’s match, with all the relevant down answers creating two different words that can be clued the same way. For example, [A]YE and [E]YE are both [Homophone for “I”]. The other down clues are:

GRAM / GRAN: Mom’s mom, informally BAE / BAG: An instagrammer might show this off on her arm #newaccessory! 😉 ART / ALT: Music genre modifier ISU / ASU: Sch. that lost an 11-v-6 seed match-up in the 1st round of the 2019 NCAA hoops tourney CODE / NODE: Computer network component ETD / ETA: Flight board fig.

All that being said, we know who’s *really* winning tomorrow. -RT