Category Archives: Crosswords

Puzzle 329: Freestyle 293. Like father, like son.

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.36

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It’s unusual for me to construct a grid without much flow — to draw a line through only white squares from the top left to the bottom right, there’s only one general path you can take. It is easier to construct, I’ll say that.

A word about 1-Across: as I’ve said recently (I think) on this site, people who ask me what I watch on TV will get a stock answer from me: “game shows, sports, and cartoon comedies”. That covers my TV watching pretty much 100%. That explains 1-Across, because I watch Game Show Network a lot, and “Family Feud” is on GSN a lot. Ergo… well, you can put two and two together.

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Puzzle 328: Freestyle 292. You can do whatever you want.

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.44

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One of the two primary seed entries, at 4-Across, is fully inspired by my wife. I’ll refrain from sharing an anecdote, which might give something away, but you’ll see after solving. The other one, at 58-Across, is fully inspired by my own personality. There’s a running joke among friends about my constant use of the phrase in the clue (and the entry). Hey, I just like to be easy…

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Puzzle 327: Freestyle 291. Touch base with me.

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.33

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It’s been a while since I did one of those pain-in-the-toches 7×7 grids (and you can tell how much of a pain this one was because of the number of helper squares!), but I’m here with one to hopefully bring a little frustrating pleasure to your day. I have “Property Brothers” and “Fixer Upper”, which are among the types of shows that I’d never thought I would actually be into, to thank for one of the seed entries (16-Across).

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Puzzle 326: Freestyle 290. The plot thickens…

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.25

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In the office yesterday, on one of those carpet-protecting plastic surfaces for chairs to roll on, I noticed a salt stain that looked amazingly like a bearded bishop with a miter or a man with a turban. Sadly (?), the floor was cleaned last night, so I can’t sell it on eBay anymore. Luckily, I took a picture of it, so I have it for posterity, at least.

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Puzzle 325: Freestyle 289. Priced to move!

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Word count: 70
Mean word length: 5.34

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This is a grid straight out of a cubist painting or a modern art museum, thanks to its unusual block arrangement. The look vaguely reminds me of the Pompidou, which is my favorite thing that I visited when we went to Paris in 2016 (I almost said “last year”…). Perhaps the inclusion of 14-Across as the seed entry is appropriate (trust me, I’m not giving anything away here) for the grid… I think you’ll see what I’m talking about here.

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Puzzle 324: Freestyle 288. It’s ringing a bell…

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.33

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I present for your consideration the first grid of 2018, which will be the fourth full year of Club 72. I thank all the solvers both longtime and new for solving and commenting. (I’ll cut it off right here so it doesn’t sound like a corny Oscars acceptance speech.) Anyway, best wishes for a great 2018, even though the “New Year” is really just the arbitrary point in the Earth’s orbit that we’ve chosen to mark the time where we start to write a new number on our checks (does anyone write checks anymore?).

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Puzzle 323: Freestyle 287. I’m not playing around here…

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Word count: 66
Mean word length: 5.79

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Yeah, I’m going pretty low with this grid. I made intersecting staggered stacks in the middle, which is why I went all the way down to 66. It started with wanting to use both the answer at 34-Across and the answer at 17-Down because they had the same middle letter, then it became “Let’s see if we can do a stack across intersecting the central down answer”, then “That worked pretty well, how about a vertical stack too?” I basically drove the wedge in and eased it in wider and wider to see how far in the wedge would go. Pretty far, it turned out.

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