Category Archives: Variety Puzzles

Puzzle 501: Vowelization. Old MacDonald had a farm…


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Anagram fans, which I know many of you are, you’ve come to the right place. Well, sort of… these aren’t really anagrams. They’re more like… addagrams? I don’t know.

You’re given clusters of consonants, and your goal is to find all of the words that have those consonants and only those consonants, without repetition. That is, if four consonants are given, the words you find can only contain exactly four consonants and only those four consonants given. For example, given BCMN, you would find CABMAN, COMBINE, AMBIANCE, etc. The only difference between the easier and harder versions is that the easier version gives the range of lengths of words that can be found for each combination and the harder version does not.


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Puzzle 481: Anagram Crossword 8. Make arrangements to solve this.


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With the amount of time I’ve spent curating a word list for this kind of grid, I don’t think you can blame me if I come back to this format from time to time. Not that you would anyway. Not that I make the clues too hard, but I have a rule that I try to follow. The more anagrams an answer entry has, the easier I make the clue. Take that as you will.


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Puzzle 479: Star Shifts. I’ve got your number.


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So today’s offering is not crossword-esque, and it’s not anagram-ific, so what is it? Basically, I found movies whose titles have the same number of letters as one of their stars, like BRUCE WILLIS/PULP FICTION. I matched up the first letter of the title with the first letter of the star’s name, then the second letters, third, etc. and calculated the difference of their positions in the alphabet (i.e. B vs. P, R vs. U, U vs. L, C vs. P, etc.). What is given is that numeric difference of each corresponding letter, and your object is to provide the movie title and star.

So what’s the difference between the versions?

All versions give the year each movie was released. C’mon, I’m not that sadistic.

The Easier version delineates the divisions between words/names and the distance between the letter pairs, and it indicates whether one letter is before or after the other in each letter pair; that is, the numbers are shown as positive or negative.

The Harder version delineates the divisions between words/names, but it only shows the distance between the letter pairs, not whether one is before or after the other. There are only positive numbers shown.

The Expert version is the same as the Harder version, with one key difference: it does not delineate any divisions between words/names.


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Puzzle 477: Wordominoes 8. Don’t box me in.


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I know I’ve said something to this effect before, but I’ll go a bit further this time and say that I have more fun constructing these than I do regular crosswords because of the third dimension. Maybe someday I’ll think of a clever way, and try to construct, something in which each letter is used four times, but that’s blowing my little mind right now.


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Puzzle 473: Shift Changes. Toss around a few ideas.


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Good to mix it up every now and then, as I say, right? You know that I like anagrams, and a lot of the variety stuff I post on here has to do with anagrams in some form. You know I never play it straight up here, though… you have to do something to the words and phrases before anagramming them. What it is, I’ll leave up to you to click the link!


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Puzzle 469: Anagram Crossword 7. We’re twistin’ the grid away.


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Back with another anagram crossword. Of course, since the challenge here for the solver isn’t in parsing the clues for the entries, but figuring out which anagrams to put into the grid, the clues aren’t my usual tough fare. Nor is the fill sparkling, because (a) that’s not the point of the challenge today, and (b) I’m limited only to entries that have anagrams. Could you imagine if I wrote my usual style of opaque clue and then asked you to figure out how their anagrams fit? Nah, I’m not that sadistic.


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Puzzle 451: Anagram Crossword 6. I encourage you to twist your words.


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Word count: 78
Mean word length: 4.72


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I got some positive feedback about the anagram crossword a couple of weeks ago, so I was feeling another one today. I’m thinking of making this a semiregular feature (every month, or however… not sure about the frequency), which is good, because I really enjoy making these.


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