Puzzle #45: Unexpected Delays

Puzzle #45: “Unexpected Delays”

Difficulty: Evil…just like me and my unexpected delays

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Happy Monday Thursday, solvers!

Hope your weekend was week has gone well, and that this week wraps these next two days wrap up July nicely! Can’t believe that in exactly a month I’ll be almost done my first week of third-year classes…time really does fly. Similarly, we’re just under two weeks over one week away from Lollapuzzoola, and I couldn’t be more excited!

Anyway, I’m sorry I really don’t have much to say today, but here’s the puzzle. Not my liveliest offering, but I think the theme is…interesting. At the very least, I brought you all something on time as promised three days late, with quite unexpected delays…

Sincerely,

The Grid Kid

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Puzzle #44: Puzzle 101

Puzzle #44: “Puzzle 101”

Difficulty: ‘Tain’t bad

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Happy Monday, solvers!

I just purchased my Lollapuzzoola 8 tickets last night! This will be my first time attending, and I couldn’t be more excited. Have nothing to do on a Saturday in August? Sign up now! And if you do have a schedule conflict, you can still show your support and purchase the bundle of top-notch puzzles for at-home solving. Or, I mean, you could just show up anyway. Either way, check out the site here; I hope to see many of you soon!

In the meantime, I guess I’ve gotta tide over your Lollapuzzoola puzzle hunger with a creation of my own. Today’s offering is meant to be closer to Monday NYT-level difficulty than most of my other stuff. Keyword: CLOSER. Not quite though. I am just incapable of making an easy puzzle…seriously, it’ll be a cold day in hell before I get a Monday NYT acceptance without having to collaborate with one of the experts. Meh. Anyway, I’d like to think “easy” doesn’t mean “boring,” as I paid extra attention to my cluing today, with the hopes of providing a few fresh takes on some semi-regular puzzle entries (1A, 9A, 30D, 33D). As far as constructing goes, I designed the majority of this on my phone manually, and kept getting worried that there were too many 3s, and that I was just about to go over the word count of 78 if I added any more black squares…turns out there’s only 74, so whoop whoop!

Sincerely,

The Grid Kid

Puzzle #43: Jawsomeness

Puzzle #43: “Jawsomeness”

Difficulty: Not the most diabolical cluing, but still pretty difficult

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Good morning, solvers!

I almost wonder if I should’ve just put this puzzle up last Monday…but I ultimately decided against it because I had just posted one on Saturday, and I didn’t want the spotlight to be stolen from Puzzle #42! Anyway, this puzzle was inspired by last week, one of my favorite weeks of the year (mini-spoiler if you click, so be warned!). I’d racked my brain to try and find some theme I could make about it that wasn’t too simple, and eventually came upon this one, so I hope you like it! Particularly pleased to get 15A, 18A, 3D, and 46A into this thing…the wacky design of the grid, which truly was necessary given my intense constraints, allowed for a lot of good non-theme stuff. Let me know what you think; I look forward to hearing from as many of you as possible!

Sincerely,

The Grid Kid

Puzzle #42: Independence Day Wordplay

Puzzle #42: “Independence Day Wordplay”

Difficulty: Easier than today’s NYT!

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Happy American Independence Day, puzzlers!

UPDATE @ 1:19 PM: I FORGOT TO ACTUALLY POST THIS UNTIL NOW I’M SO SORRY GAH

To those of you who are coming here after solving my New York Times puzzle today, welcome! And to those of you that have been waiting a whole week for me to post my latest offering, welcome back, and thank you for your patience!

I figured it would be fun to post today rather than last Monday, because 1) today IS July 4th, and 2) having multiple puzzles is always nice, especially in different outlets. If you solved today’s NYT puzzle and were wondering why that particular themeless was published today, I’m scratching my head wondering the same thing (although am very appreciative nonetheless). So that’s what today’s offering here is for: a nice, easier puzzle that kinda sorta maybe relates-ish to today’s U.S. holiday. As simple as the theme is, it took quite a while to flesh out in grid form…the possibilities were much more limited than they seemed. I guess I’ll leave the rest to you–I’ve spoiled enough as it is!

Oh, and if you’re here normally and haven’t solved today’s NYT yet…check it out! Enjoy, folks!

Sincerely,

The Grid Kid