Like last week’s puzzle, this one also had to be constructed by hand on graph paper, and like last week’s puzzle, this one was a difficult but fun and rewarding experience to finish constructing. Essentially, each letter in this crossword is in three answers (or, as we like to call it, “triply checked”): one going across, one going down, and one moving clockwise in a “cage”. The puzzle is a 10×10 grid divided into sixteen “cages”. There are three sets of clues: one for the cages, one for the rows, and one for the columns. The clues for the cages are in order; the clues for the rows and columns are grouped by row and by column, but the groups are randomly arranged. You’ll see how it works when you open the link. So how do you go about solving this thing? It’s hard to say; there’ll probably be a strategy for each one of you who solves this puzzle.
Originally, the idea I tried to execute was to make sort of like a mix between a crossword and KenKen. This involved actually trying to make this work in an 8×8 grid WITHOUT REPEATING A LETTER IN ANY ROW OR COLUMN. Yup, I actually tried that. It took me less than a day to realize that this wasn’t gonna happen.
I’ll be back with another crossword puzzle, of course, on Tuesday. The answer to Freestyle Puzzle 8 will appear there too. But I hope this will tide you over until then.
As always, I’d like to know, folks… comment is welcome! Come say hello! Let me know how you did! What did you like? What could I do better? Ever thought of calling when you’ve had a few? ‘Cause I always do. Shouldn’t it really be “You couldn’t even cut the tension with a knife”? Could you imagine the merciless teasing that Wee Willie Winkie must have received in school?
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