Puzzle #18: Freestyle 7

Puzzle #18: “Freestyle 7”

Difficulty: Honestly, I don’t even know…

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Happy Monday, solvers–

Hoping that your holiday festivities were jolly, and that more celebration lies ahead in your New Year’s plans! I need to figure out my own pretty soon, before I end up stranded in my room making crosswords while everyone else is partying and singing “Auld Lang Syne.”

Today’s puzzle is a little freestyle that I whipped up, with a few eye-popping entries (looking at you, 15-Across!) along with some nice in-the-language phrases. Tried to make the fill particularly smooth…if anything, I went a tad heavy on the proper nouns. But here’s to keeping these puzzles Natick-free, so I wish you all the best of luck!

Sincerely,

The Grid Kid

 

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Puzzle #17: Ho-Ho Ha-Ha

Puzzle #17: “Ho-Ho Ha-Ha”

Difficulty: Yet another toughie, rated PG-13

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Hello, puzzlers!

Welcome back, and happy holidays! Whether you’ve been observing already or will do so in the future, I wish you all a great time full of good cheer! Today’s puzzle is brought to you by my excitement for the festivities, as well as my twisted sense of humor. I’ll leave you with the solve, but first, I have a few remarks:

  • This puzzle’s theme may be considered tasteless/offensive/stupid to some. Just wanted to throw it out there in advance, and say I mean no harm…just trying to have a little fun by getting creative. If you feel that anything has left a bad taste in your mouth, privately let me know so that I’m aware for the future!
  • The grid appears asymmetric, as I needed an 11/9/11/9 theme spread (in order); however, you may notice that there actually is quasi-symmetry, with two identical black square patterns in the top and bottom halves, which are divided by black square bars that follow left-right symmetry. Just thought I’d point this out, and say it actually made this grid quite fun to fill, because the areas were all super unique in terms of space!
  • If you are observant, you may notice that the clue for 5-Down is missing an accent over the “e” in Pokémon; in fact, if you are extremely observant, you may notice that I have omitted accents throughout every single puzzle I’ve made for this site! This is because I’m a Mac user experiencing technical difficulties whenever I try and upload my .txt file into Across Lite; the special characters make my clues look like ancient runes…WTF. So if any techy person out there wants to help a brotha out, contact me!

Talk to you guys in a week!

Sincerely,

The Grid Kid

Puzzle #16: Freestyle 6

Puzzle #16: “Freestyle 6”

Difficulty: Crazy Hard

Downloads:     PUZ      PDF     Last Week’s Solution

 

Happy Monday, solvers!

Super, super short post here today (I really mean it this time)! I’ve got two finals left, and it is starting to dawn on me how much time I’ve spent on crosswords and not Systems and Statics studying. Shoutout to 41-Down, because that’s what I’ll be reviewing learning as you read this! So I’ll leave the puzzle here for you: a tough freestyle with a whole bunch of crazy, crunchy miscellany, in both entries and clues. Hopefully it isn’t toooo much of a doozy; TTFN!

Sincerely,

The Grid Kid

 

Puzzle #15: Surfer’s Delight

Puzzle #15: “Surfer’s Delight”

Difficulty: Easy-Medium

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Happy Monday, solvers!

It’s “finals season” and I’m pressed for time, so I’m gonna need to keep this post short. Quick reminder is that I am constructing personalized puzzles for this holiday season. Wanna give it a go, as several others have already? Check out this form!

Today’s puzzle is a step away from my diabolical themes and crazy freestyles, and involves a nice, simple theme distributed across seven answers. I’m quite lucky they were able to interlock so well, and allow for generally smooth surrounding fill; I’ll let you be the judge of that, though. Also glad to finally work 12-Down (don’t click until after solving!) into one of my puzzles…though the credit for that clue alone goes to the puzzlemaster himself, Mr. Erik Agard. Enjoy as always!

Sincerely,

The Grid Kid

 

Puzzle #14: Blogmaster’s Clues (A Guest Puzzle by Chase McFarland)

Puzzle #14: “Blogmaster’s Clues” (by Chase McFarland)

Difficulty: Medium

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Good morning, everybody!

Happy Monday, happy December, and happy Dieting-After-That-Heavy-Thanksgiving-Meal Week Month Eternity! On the real, I hope your holiday went as well as mine did, and that you didn’t gain as much weight as me…my “food baby” still has yet to vanish. And for those that went Black Friday shopping, I salute you; I was unable until later that evening, and that doesn’t really count. Looks like I’ll need to buy all my holiday gifts another time!

Speaking of which, if you know someone that likes puzzles as much as you do, and would like to give him/her a great gift, then you should consider my personalized crossword service! If you’re interested, fill out this specification sheet, and I’ll get back to you with more details.

Anyway, enough with my obnoxious plugs and sorry attempts at humor, for it’s time for the crossword. Today, I bring to you a puzzle created not by myself, but by a fan, Chase McFarland. Chase has not only produced a handsome construction (only 72 words and 31 blocks, with LOTS of spiffy fill!), but it appears to be related to this blog, for which I am honored beyond belief. I hope you enjoy this puzzle as much as I sure did, and I truly cannot thank Chase enough!

Sincerely,

The Grid Kid

P.S.: Are you interested in having your work presented on this site? Reach out to me!

Puzzle #13: Circle of Life

Puzzle #13: “Circle of Life”

Difficulty: Brain-Busting

Downloads:     PUZ      PDF     Last Week’s Solution

 

Good morning, everyone!

…Aaaand happy Monday. Clearly, yours truly is greatly in need of a break this week. Anyway, a few quick announcements:

  • The Indie 500 has officially posted its “deets” for submitting a puzzle to be solved at the D.C. tournament! If any of you constructors, old and new, are interested, then you should check it out…I know I’ll be doing so!
  • Having trouble finding the perfect holiday gift? Well, what could POSSIBLY be better than a personalized crossword puzzle? With the fill, clues, and theme specially dedicated to the solver’s interests as well as reflective of his/her relationship with the gift giver, what’s not to like? I have decided to take this business upon myself, as I love making people happy through my work. Willing to design all sorts of different crosswords, as the range of possibilities is truly infinite. If you’re interested, reach out to me via the Contact page outlining your desires/questions, and I’ll get back to you with the details!

Onto today’s puzzle. Only thing I’ll say is that you REALLY should use the PDF to solve this. Like seriously. It’s going to be unfairly difficult (and may actually slow you down, for those speed solvers out there) if you don’t. I’ve attached the PUZ file just in case, say you’re not near a printer, or lack a writing utensil, etc…laaaaaame. Enjoy as always!

Sincerely,

The Grid Kid

Puzzle #12: Freestyle 5

Puzzle #12: “Freestyle 5”

Difficulty: Challenging

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Happy Monday, everyone!

Turkey Day is coming up, and I could not be more excited! Professors out there, why do you decide to increase the workload when the student’s energy level is at a minimum? Cruel, I tell you! Haha. So this week is another biggie, but I guess you could say we’re all in the home stretch.

Today’s puzzle is a diabolical freestyle/themeless, and like my most recent freestyle, is inspired by a contemporary entry I HAD to use when I found out it was fifteen letters. Hope you all enjoy, and that the difficulty adds to the fun!

Sincerely,

The Grid Kid