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

Puzzle #67: Famous Song Composers

Puzzle #67: “Famous Song Composers”

Difficulty: Maybe a few oddball crossings, but nothing terrible

Downloads:     PUZ     PDF     Last Week’s Solution

 

Good evening, solvers!

Obviously a bit later than I wanted to be, writing this and posting it at almost 10 PM. So I’ll cut to the chase: cute 11×15 grid with a small theme…wondering if there are other prominent examples of it! As always, comment/rate/share, and I’ll be back next Monday with something patriotic!:)

Sincerely,

The Grid Kid

Puzzle #66: EggROFL

Puzzle #66: “EggROFL”

Difficulty: Tough

Downloads:     PUZ     PDF     Last Week’s Solution

 

Happy Monday, solvers!

I really wanted to whip up a quick puzzle commemorating last night’s epic NBA Finals showdown, but there’s no way it would have been ready in time for today…I’m done with the whole “delaying a puzzle’s publication” thing. Thus, what we have here is about the cheesiest puzzle I’ve ever made, though I hope it’s a fun one! Really strove for making the surrounding fill shine here…at 74 words, there’s a lot of longer non-theme stuff that you guys may find interesting.

Two more things:

  • Based on the various responses last week, my Puzzle #65 mini-meta ended up being a doozy that only five solvers cracked! …But I think this was due to my wording of the meta. Thus, I’m going to rephrase the instructions: Find a non-theme entry in the grid and give it a new clue, in order to complete a second and separate (yet related) mini-theme to this puzzle’s subject. Perhaps this will make more sense. You can download Puzzle #65 from the original post here. I’ll also update the meta instructions on it as well.
  • Keep following the new Grid Kid Twitter account! Trying to spread the word about my site through another social media outlet…share me with friends and family!

Sincerely,

The Grid Kid

Puzzle #65: Ain’t That The Greatest?

Puzzle #65: “Ain’t That The Greatest?”

Difficulty: Fairly easy…but can you find the hidden meta element?

Downloads:     PUZ     PDF     Last Week’s Solution

 

UPDATE, ONE WEEK LATER: Use the following meta description instead. Based on the responses received thus far, I don’t think I was specific enough in my previous instructions. Find a non-theme entry in the grid and give it a new clue, in order to complete a second and separate (yet related) mini-theme to this puzzle’s subject. Good luck!

 

Good morning, puzzlers!

With this internship in full force, I don’t really have too much to chatter about, other than to request that people check me out on Twitter @thegridkid! Here, I plan on using my profile to release my newest links, express various crossword musings, and more…so do me a favor and follow, and I’ll happily follow back!

As you may notice from the difficulty description above, there’s a mini-meta in today’s offering. While the puzzle and its theme can stand alone/be appreciated as is, I included an extra element left as an additional challenge to the solver: can you find and change one answer’s clue to add another component to this puzzle’s theme? If you think you’ve got it figured out, send your answer–or rather, new clue–to zerskyxwords@gmail.com, or fill out the form on this site’s Contact page. Since this is more of an informal meta contest (sorry, no prizes this time!), I won’t set a deadline. But if you do get an answer, please drop me a line, because I’d love to see how many of my visitors suss this out. Good luck!

Sincerely,

The Grid Kid