Puzzle #44: “Puzzle 101”
Difficulty: ‘Tain’t bad
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!
The Grid Kid