Puzzle #41: Freestyle 14

Puzzle #41: “Freestyle 14”

Difficulty: Easier than most

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Good morning, solvers!

Too tired to think, so the formation of sentences is rather difficult right about now. All I’ll say is that this puzzle was not meant to be…I try and avoid back-to-back freestyles when I can, as much as I love making them. But then 58-Across happened, and that was too much to ignore. Didn’t expect to end up making another 66-worder though, with a 1.88 Scrabble average* to boot!

*this is only an “achievement” when the answers with said Scrabbly letters are lively. I’d like to think my effort was legitimate.

Anyway, I’ll let you to the solving as I try and make it through a full day of work (*holds breath*). Enjoy!

Sincerely,

The Grid Kid

Puzzle #40: Freestyle 13

Puzzle #40: “Freestyle 13”

Difficulty: THIS

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Happy Monday, puzzlers!

Hoping that the heat and humidity is not quite unbearable yet where you are, because I can barely breathe when I walk outside…it is G-R-O-S-S. Throw some scattered thunderstorms in, and the Mid-Atlantic is just not a happy place right now. I guess being in a cubicle during these times isn’t so bad after all!

Before proceeding, I’d just like to take a moment to reflect on the recent deaths of two incredible puzzlers, Thomas Gazzola and Leslie Billig, both of which were premature and heartrending. Unfortunately, I never had the pleasure of meeting either individual, but they were members of this incredible community that I’ve felt so well-connected to in these past few years; it’s as if I’ve spoken with each of them regularly, and they are so deeply missed. Thoughts and prayers go out to their families and other companions during these difficult times.

While the above should be anything but glossed over, I do believe it’s time to switch gears: If I may say, I was pretty proud of how today’s puzzle turned out. I was able to fill the entire grid–without any autofill use–in under an hour, which surprised the heck out of me! The seed entries, as expected, were the crossing 33A/15D, but every other colorful entry was simply something I experimented with that worked well on the first go. Seriously. Consider this to be a flukey effort on my part! Well, actually, I don’t know what you think about it yet…perhaps entries I enjoyed filling (18A, 53A, 13D) may suck to all of you. I anxiously await your feedback, and I hope you find this to be a quality freestyle!

Speaking of quality freestyles, I’d like to take one final moment to promote this freestyle here, made by Chris King on his site. Seriously, this guy’s got some constructing chops, and the puzzle above is just a great example! Check it out, and follow his site if you haven’t already!

Sincerely,

The Grid Kid

 

 

Puzzle #39: Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice

Puzzle #39: “Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice”

Difficulty: Medium

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Good morning, puzzlers!

Extremely quick post today, as I’m in a flash…internship season is finally under way! Actually writing this entry up via my phone, as I’m currently on the Metro commuting to where I need to be. Anyway, today’s puzzle is based around a simple theme that I hope you enjoy, even if you aren’t familiar with the revealer! It’s also a 72-word grid, which left me plenty of space to squeeze in a lively non-theme answer or two, so that’s nice.

Sincerely,

The Grid Kid

Puzzle #38: Repeat Offenders

Puzzle #38: “Repeat Offenders”

Difficulty: Thursday NYT-ish

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Good morning, puzzlers!

It was great to see so many of you at last weekend’s Indie 500, and what a great time that was! The puzzles were each fantastic–I honestly couldn’t tell you which was my favorite, because they were all so well done–and the atmosphere was both cheerful and relaxed. Looking forward to more crossword tourneys this year, and for Indie to return next May!

There’s not much I want to say about today’s puzzle, except for the fact that it’s far from ordinary, and took several different paths to complete in the best way possible. I may talk about it more next week, because I’m too lazy to do a constructor’s note of some kind now…sigh. That being said, I hope it is to your liking; do let me know!

Sincerely,

The Grid Kid