Puzzle #67: Famous Song Composers

Puzzle #67: “Famous Song Composers”

Difficulty: Maybe a few oddball crossings, but nothing terrible

Downloads:     PUZ     PDF     Last Week’s Solution


Good evening, solvers!

Obviously a bit later than I wanted to be, writing this and posting it at almost 10 PM. So I’ll cut to the chase: cute 11×15 grid with a small theme…wondering if there are other prominent examples of it! As always, comment/rate/share, and I’ll be back next Monday with something patriotic! 🙂


The Grid Kid


Puzzle #66: EggROFL

Puzzle #66: “EggROFL”

Difficulty: Tough

Downloads:     PUZ     PDF     Last Week’s Solution


Happy Monday, solvers!

I really wanted to whip up a quick puzzle commemorating last night’s epic NBA Finals showdown, but there’s no way it would have been ready in time for today…I’m done with the whole “delaying a puzzle’s publication” thing. Thus, what we have here is about the cheesiest puzzle I’ve ever made, though I hope it’s a fun one! Really strove for making the surrounding fill shine here…at 74 words, there’s a lot of longer non-theme stuff that you guys may find interesting.

Two more things:

  • Based on the various responses last week, my Puzzle #65 mini-meta ended up being a doozy that only five solvers cracked! …But I think this was due to my wording of the meta. Thus, I’m going to rephrase the instructions: Find a non-theme entry in the grid and give it a new clue, in order to complete a second and separate (yet related) mini-theme to this puzzle’s subject. Perhaps this will make more sense. You can download Puzzle #65 from the original post here. I’ll also update the meta instructions on it as well.
  • Keep following the new Grid Kid Twitter account! Trying to spread the word about my site through another social media outlet…share me with friends and family!


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Puzzle #65: Ain’t That The Greatest?

Puzzle #65: “Ain’t That The Greatest?”

Difficulty: Fairly easy…but can you find the hidden meta element?

Downloads:     PUZ     PDF     Last Week’s Solution


UPDATE, ONE WEEK LATER: Use the following meta description instead. Based on the responses received thus far, I don’t think I was specific enough in my previous instructions. Find a non-theme entry in the grid and give it a new clue, in order to complete a second and separate (yet related) mini-theme to this puzzle’s subject. Good luck!


Good morning, puzzlers!

With this internship in full force, I don’t really have too much to chatter about, other than to request that people check me out on Twitter @thegridkid! Here, I plan on using my profile to release my newest links, express various crossword musings, and more…so do me a favor and follow, and I’ll happily follow back!

As you may notice from the difficulty description above, there’s a mini-meta in today’s offering. While the puzzle and its theme can stand alone/be appreciated as is, I included an extra element left as an additional challenge to the solver: can you find and change one answer’s clue to add another component to this puzzle’s theme? If you think you’ve got it figured out, send your answer–or rather, new clue–to zerskyxwords@gmail.com, or fill out the form on this site’s Contact page. Since this is more of an informal meta contest (sorry, no prizes this time!), I won’t set a deadline. But if you do get an answer, please drop me a line, because I’d love to see how many of my visitors suss this out. Good luck!


The Grid Kid

Puzzle #64: Freestyle 21

Puzzle #64: “Freestyle 21”

Difficulty: Take your pick!

Downloads:     Easier PUZ     Harder PUZ     Easier PDF     Harder PDF     Last Eternity’s Solution

UPDATE: My apologies for botching the clue for 30A in the hard puzzle…y’all know what it should say…sigh.

Hello, hello, hello! Is this real life? I’m posting a new puzzle here–a triple-stack themeless–for the first time in 3 months! Summer’s afoot, so there really aren’t any schoolwork excuses…thus, I’m pleased to say that I plan on being back every Monday with a new offering! You can even hold your breath, as I’m already prepared with a pipeline and everything.

In addition to just “being back,” I’m looking to “upgrade” my presence a bit for your enjoyment. Most importantly, The Grid Kid is now on Twitter! I just made this thing last night, so my profile is pretty barren, but go ahead and give me a follow if you wanna stay updated on my puzzles/puzzle rants/sports & music rants/just wanna talk. I plan on being pretty active on it, tbh. Gives me an outlet centered around my work so that I don’t have to bombard my Facebook friends anymore.

Also, I’m thinking for puzzles with some tough grids/entries, as with the case today, I want to start writing multiple sets of clues. This is so that, ideally, you won’t need to be some top-notch indie solver to crack my craziest of puzzles! As a constructor, it’ll help me hone my cluing skills, too, so I’m looking forward to progressing for all of our benefits.

Finally, all of the links to my old puzzle files should be fixed on the Puzzles page of my site! For those of you that joined late and are looking to tackle some of my older constructions, you no longer have to worry about your computer being infected by my stupid former file-hosting sites…sigh. Please note, however, that these links have not been tweaked on their original blog posts, and only on the Puzzles page. Hopefully I’ll get around to that someday, but it’ll take time.

Spread the word of my return, and I’ll be back next Monday with a simple themed puz!


The Grid Kid