Puzzle 613: Freestyle 554. Diamonds are a cruciverbalist’s best friend.

Last Friday’s freestyle solution

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Word count: 72 (diamond-shaped; diagonally 21×21)
Mean word length: 5.81

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Please accept my sincerest apologies… this format just cannot work as a PUZ format. I decided to switch it up pretty radically — it’s still your standard crossword, but I turned it 45 degrees so it’s shaped like a diamond. (Well, maybe not TOO radically… the first ever crossword from 1913 was shaped like a diamond.) A diamond with 21 squares across and down has almost the same amount of space as a normal 15×15, so I turned the crossword onto its corner. Since a diamond has unchecked squares, I solved that by making each unchecked square, reading clockwise, form a word with its own clue. (I indicated this in the grid, don’t worry.) My crossword formatting and displaying software just didn’t like that I had some squares that were unchecked in the grid, and garbled the clues when I tried to format it. So it has to be PDF only this week.

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11 thoughts on “Puzzle 613: Freestyle 554. Diamonds are a cruciverbalist’s best friend.”

  1. I don’t want to torment you, as I’m sure I’m atypical and I applaud taking risks like this. Besides, I’m a print-only solver, as I work on the go, and I’ve had trouble with puzzles that don’t fit on a page. But I have to admit that I might have to pass on this one, too. Because of the white space around a diamond, it prints really small, so that I’m having trouble with the numbers. But best to those who can handle it.


      1. I got a working PUZ now…whether it’s all *right* or not is another story. But it’s working. Main issue encoding it that way is the extra clue (e.g. 1-Across). But I have a working grid in Across Lite now.


  2. hey, tim, some of us poor guys don’t have printers maybe some way to solve on-line for we poor slobs who shell out for the puzzles

    love the puzzles i can actually solve

    steve 🙂


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