Puzzle #73: “Skyfall”
Difficulty: One of the hardest puzzles I will ever put on this blog. I think.
Good…morning? Evening? Puzzlers?
I’m in the wee hours typing this post, and on a Thursday night/Friday morning…so what’s going on? Well, I’ll have you know that this week’s delay was entirely intentional–in a manner for you to discover! However, as you may note from the blurb above, this one is H-A-R-D. I actually had to scale a bunch of the clues back to even Monday-level difficulty, because this puzzle is a tough nut to crack, at least in my analysis. Then again, I don’t employ test solvers other than, uh, myself mimicking various skill levels, so I could’ve missed the mark big time here. Here’s hoping for an enjoyable solve–as always, I appreciate your feedback. Oh, and I apologize profusely for a few answers in this puzzle…this was about the cleanest I could get after many, many iterations!
(Side note: I also apologize profusely for the WHORE HOUSE cluing angle used last week. I figured it be better to go “current event-y” over “gross pun” or “stale, factual clue,” but yeah, now that I look back, it was still pretty tasteless. I mean no disrespect to Lamar Odom or anything like that…hell, I grew up in a Lakers household, so I loved watching the guy!)
The Grid Kid