Puzzle #5: “Freestyle 3”
Difficulty: Mild or difficult…you choose!
Good morning, solvers!
Happy Monday; hope the day is off to a good start, and that you enjoyed the NCAA & NFL games this weekend as much as I did. Anyone else ready for the MLB postseason?? I’ll be rocking my orange and black all week!
Today’s puzzle is brought to you by an unexpected change of plans. I had initially set out to present a themed puzzle this week, which featured a pretty crazy concept and some interesting fill as a result. However, per my test solver’s reaction and my own doubts, I want to think it through some more because the gimmick is a bit unclear at this stage…and I obviously don’t want to publish a puzzle that will only perplex (whoa, alliteration, chill). And since I’m a procrastinator, as all my friends and family know, I didn’t have the time to design a brand new puzzle before today.
So what I have here is an NYT rejected themeless from a few months ago that I just couldn’t part with…though I wanted to do something first to both make it easier and remove the metaphorical cobwebs from it. Creating a fresh set of different clues killed both these birds with one stone, so I’m delighted to present to you both the original “difficult” version and its “mild” modification! Which one should you choose, you might ask? Well, if you’re looking for more of a challenge and some diabolically clever clues, go with the difficult version. If you want something much easier with more pop culture and racy/explicit references, then the mild version is a better choice. And if you want them both, there’s an additional $0.00 charge that you can pay to me using this link. Uh…enjoy!
The Grid Kid