Puzzle #61: Star Characters

Puzzle #61: “Star Characters”

Difficulty: Easy. Mostly.

Downloads:     PUZ      PDF     Last Week’s Solution


Happy Monday, solvers!

Super brief post here, as I’m about to head back to school…a lengthy winter break is finally heading to a close, alas. Then again, looking forward to getting back on the grind! It would be nice for the low tonight to be something better than 10 degrees, though, ugh.

Today’s puzzle is a LOT easier than last week’s. Yeah, I’ve still found a way to put in a bunch of random crap that no one’s gonna know. Yeah, I couldn’t just make a super easy puzzle…this just *had* to be 72 words with stacked non-theme 9s and a 7. But, yeah, I DO have a Tuesday NYT coming in the very near future–my 10th puzzle! Stay tuned for something more simple and still fun. In the meantime, enjoy this week’s timely offering!


The Grid Kid


Puzzle #60: Freestyle 20

Puzzle #60: “Freestyle 20”

Difficulty: Hardest freestyle yet, imho

Downloads:     PUZ      PDF     Last Fortnight’s Solution


Happy New Year, solvers!

Winter break has been underway, which means that this constructor has been hibernating for weeks while the tasks he needs to complete continue to pile up around him. Class registration? Don’t even get me started. Internship offer acceptance? I hope they don’t retract it at this point. NGOTB posts? Yeah, yeah, I know, I know. Sigh. My bad, Chris and Kam. You guys got the short stick. (But seriously, they’ll be up soon!)

In other news, I’m pleased to announce that the GridKidMobile is now a thing! S/O to Mom for hitting me with the vanity plate as a Christmas Day surprise. Yes, it is so amazingly cheesy, but, I mean, COME ON. Keep your eyes peeled for this baby at the upcoming ACPT, which you can register for here!


Alright. Today’s puz. I swear I’ve said this like 10 times, but I spent an incredibly long time on this thing. Maybe it’s because 20 is my lucky number and I wanted Freestyle 20 to be my best yet. But holy crap, this was so satisfying to finish. Is it my best work? I can never be the judge of that…totally your call, especially when some answers that I think are “super cool” may be giant question marks for others. But I can say that this is at least tied for my favorite freestyle I’ve ever made.

I spent hours and hours on each section of the grid trying my best to make it perfect. And by “perfect,” I didn’t just want a super smooth puzzle with lively entries, like I normally say. I wanted a puzzle that could really appeal to a wide variety of solvers. There’s some sports stuff. And some music stuff. And modern stuff. And random scholarly stuff. And some oddball stuff. And X-rated stuff…cuz I mean, I’m an indie puzzlemaker that gives no fucks.

The catch to this diversity is that I felt compelled to make it all a CHALLENGE, which really came with the clues. My goal was to match my cluing to that of a B-level ACPT finals…a good deal of trivia and misdirect, but not so that it’d be too veiled or simply impossible. Then again, you guys should know by now that I straight-up SUCK at gauging how hard my puzzles are! Like, I really don’t know why I still specify a difficulty level within each post. Thus, anyone wanna volunteer to give me feedback on how much I’ve missed the mark today…? Thanks in advance 🙂

I hope I don’t come off as some cocky bastard regarding this puzzle, btw. I think it’s exemplary work based on my capabilities, but who knows how this thing is. There’s only one way to find out, though: try it! Rate using the widget! Comment below! Drop me a line using the Contact page! And share this post! Here’s hoping you enjoy solving this puzzle as I did constructing it!


The Grid Kid