Puzzle #74: Freestyle 24

Puzzle #74: “Freestyle 24”

Difficulty: Normal AKA Hard

Downloads:     PUZ     PDF     Last Week’s Solution

 

Good evening, puzzlers!

This might be the quickest I’ve ever posted a new puzzle in relation to the previous offering, with less than four days elapsed since Puzzle #73’s release. However, it’s still pretty late on a Monday, so I’m sure many of you won’t get to this until at least tomorrow. Why? Part of this was because I wanted to allow solvers that hadn’t seen my blog in a week to try Puzzle #73 first…the other part, as I’m sure you’ll guess, was me taking my sweet-ass time with the cluing of this grid. I’d had the fill completed for a while, and was actually strongly considering sending it off to the NYT…but entries like 8A, 31D, and 63A ultimately had me thinking it was best suited for the indie world. So I hope you enjoy it here! If I may say, the clue/answer combo at 2D may be one of my all-time favorites–it was the seed entry, after all.

Sincerely,

The Grid Kid

Puzzle #73: Skyfall

Puzzle #73: “Skyfall”

Difficulty: One of the hardest puzzles I will ever put on this blog. I think.

Downloads:     PUZ     PDF     Last Week’s Solution

 

Good…morning? Evening? Puzzlers?

I’m in the wee hours typing this post, and on a Thursday night/Friday morning…so what’s going on? Well, I’ll have you know that this week’s delay was entirely intentional–in a manner for you to discover! However, as you may note from the blurb above, this one is H-A-R-D. I actually had to scale a bunch of the clues back to even Monday-level difficulty, because this puzzle is a tough nut to crack, at least in my analysis. Then again, I don’t employ test solvers other than, uh, myself mimicking various skill levels, so I could’ve missed the mark big time here. Here’s hoping for an enjoyable solve–as always, I appreciate your feedback. Oh, and I apologize profusely for a few answers in this puzzle…this was about the cleanest I could get after many, many iterations!

(Side note: I also apologize profusely for the WHORE HOUSE cluing angle used last week. I figured it be better to go “current event-y” over “gross pun” or “stale, factual clue,” but yeah, now that I look back, it was still pretty tasteless. I mean no disrespect to Lamar Odom or anything like that…hell, I grew up in a Lakers household, so I loved watching the guy!)

Sincerely,

The Grid Kid

Puzzle #72: Backing Down From Getting Things Done

Puzzle #72: “Backing Down From Getting Things Done”

Difficulty: Pretty tough. Lots of oddball clues.

Downloads:     PUZ     PDF     Last Week’s Solution

 

Good afternoon, solvers!

For starters, I just want to say that I’m just getting around to looking at a bunch of unread email; if you’ve been waiting on a response from me, I sincerely apologize! I do truly appreciate each and every time someone reaches out to me directly, and I’m doing a terrible job at conveying that. I look to have everything tied up by tonight, but I sure don’t want to rush any responses…quality over quantity, y’know.

On to what we’ve got here. I actually had this puzzle’s theme (and all its answers) locked in for a while now…but it took forever to find a grid to house them all successfully. And when that finally worked out, the fills I was generating were horrendous to my standards. So this is a great example of a puzzle that sat on the back burner for good bit, then finally made a resurgence to the top of my archives! Hope you appreciate the result; it took a LOT of tweaking to iron out!

I’m also just gonna say that, FWIW, 5-Down is one of my all-time favorite answers I’ve used in an indie puzzle… [laughs maniacally]

Sincerely,

The Grid Kid

Puzzle #71: He’s Back!

Puzzle #71: “He’s Back!”

Difficulty: Beginner–seriously

Downloads:     PUZ     PDF     Last Week’s Solution

 

UPDATE: I’m not gonna bother changing the puzzle links, but I realized my clue for 3-Down is slightly off…I meant to refer to the answers, not the clues:)

 

Good afternoon, puzzlers!

Hope your summer days are not as brutal as it is here right now: scorching heat during the day, heavy claps of thunder during the wee hours of the night, and high humidity across the board. Whew! Of course, I now have to wear these “adult clothes”–y’know, dress shirts and khakis–on a daily basis, which is simply unfamiliar to this neophyte and all the more unwelcome in these weather conditions. But, hey, if that’s the worst thing I’m complaining about these days, then life’s treating me pretty well.

Today’s puzzle is a bit different, because it’s actually not meant to be a brain buster! In fact, I’m targeting solvers that are newer to the indie world with this one…so if you know anyone that’s interested in solving more than what the mainstream outlets produce, then direct him/her over here! The theme is simple, the fill is generally familiar, and the cluing is light…but there’s just enough indie pizzazz sprinkled around for the puzzle to have an overall Grid Kid indie feel. I hope you enjoy it, and if so, gimme a good rating along with a Facebook/Twitter share!

Sincerely,

The Grid Kid

Puzzle #70: Freestyle 23

Puzzle #70: “Freestyle 23”

Difficulty: Easy-ish, though skews kinda young

Downloads:     PUZ     PDF     Last Week’s Solution

 

Hello, puzzlers!

Got another freestyle here for this week, with smooth fill just about all around, at least compared to Puzzle #69. This was actually one of my puzzles that was initially accepted by Buzzfeed, but returned after freelance constructing was discontinued😦 Oh well, it sure has a home here now on this site! Enjoy!

Sincerely,

The Grid Kid

Puzzle #69: Freestyle 22

Puzzle #69: “Freestyle 22”

Difficulty: YMMV. But not easy.

Downloads:     PUZ     PDF     Last Week’s Solution

 

Good evening, puzzlers!

Realized it had been five weeks since a freestyle grid popped out, so here ya go! I will say that this one was *especially* constructed in what I see as indie spirit…lots of crunchy, random entries here and there, and clearly a few clunky bits of shorter fill, but hopefully still pretty exciting. At the very least, I can promise wackiness. For those of you that dig it, great! For those that are more off-put, next week’s puzzle is a heckuva lot smoother. Stay tuned!

Sincerely,

The Grid Kid

Puzzle #68: Independence Day Wordplay, Vol. 2

Puzzle #68: “Independence Day Wordplay, Vol. 2”

Difficulty: Oh, just evil

Downloads:     PUZ     PDF     Last Week’s Solution

 

Happy ‘Merica Day, solvers!

Realized I could’ve made this puzzle a LOT harder if I wanted to, by making one very minor tweak…can you figure out what it is? I’m not a sadist though, for the most part, so I figured what we now have here would do. Enjoy my second annual puzzle on this special day, and I hope your fireworks won’t be rained out like mine! Siiiiiiigh.

Sincerely,

The Grid Kid