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

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Puzzle #12: Freestyle 5

Puzzle #12: “Freestyle 5”

Difficulty: Challenging

Downloads:     PUZ      PDF     Last Week’s Solution

 

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

 

Puzzle #11: Puz Words

Puzzle #11: “Puz Words”

Difficulty: Easy-medium

Downloads:     PUZ      PDF     Last Week’s Solution

 

Good morning, everyone–

Welcome back to my blog, and to its latest installment! Today’s offering is inspired by 69-Across, but more so by this incredible puzzle from 10/9/2011 (sorry, but I can only attach the solution grid; purchase the NYT to solve for yourself!). I actually finished filling the grid a few weeks ago, slotting it for today…and whaddya know? The same theme–by the same constructor–recently appeared again in another fantastic puzzle! So let’s just call what I have today a nice little follow-up, with a few non-PC theme answers thrown in for good measure. Do forgive my lack of originality…although each theme answer is unique, from what I can see. Enjoy!

Sincerely,

The Grid Kid

Puzzle #10: WWWhat?

Puzzle #10: “WWWhat?”

Difficulty: Tough, at least in parts

Downloads:     PUZ      PDF     Last Week’s Solution

 

Good morning, solvers–

Happy Monday as usual, and happy November! Hope everyone remembered to set their clocks back an hour…or just let their iPhones do it automatically, like me. I probably would have forgotten otherwise. Today’s puzzle is a toughie like last week’s, but this time it’s a themed construction, and the revealer is nice and modern. Important note, though: for whatever reason, the .puz file does not want to cooperate with me on mobile devices; while it indeed “works,” the grid is displayed in a way that makes solving it a LOT easier, and therefore takes away from the challenge-y fun. So if you’re looking for the most rewarding solving experience, I HIGHLY recommend printing out the PDF or solving on a computer!

Also, if you have any suggestions for a great seed entry, something I should construct, what I should construct more of, what font I should use for weekly blog posts, etc…reach out to me via the Contact page! It’d be great to know the interests of my solvers, so I can act accordingly.

Sincerely,

The Grid Kid