Puzzle 452: Freestyle 406. Just deal with it.


Last week’s freestyle solution

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.33


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Another one here that started with a clue/answer combination as a seed. I’m not going to exactly say which one, but it should be evident after you solve it. It could be one of two, actually, because I’m particularly proud of a couple of clues in this. But the other one I didn’t think of until I had to, i.e. until the entry organically manifested itself in the grid.


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


Last Friday’s Sumwords solution

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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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Puzzle 450: Freestyle 405. Miss me with that.


Last Tuesday’s freestyle solution

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Word count: 68
Mean word length: 5.44


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I got pretty lucky with this construction. The central stack I wanted to fill with three original, never-before-used entries — which I’m pretty sure I did, and I was forced to go with a really unusual block arrangement and two intersecting 15s to make things fit. I’m pretty proud of how it came out, and I feel pretty fortunate as well.


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Puzzle 449: Sumwords. A little from column A, a little from column B.


Last Friday’s Wordominoes solution

** Read below before deciding which version to open **

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I’m on a bit of a variety puzzle kick. I don’t know if this will continue, but I came up with this idea and wanted to implement it, so here it is. As you know, I like anagrams more than a person probably should. The crux of this puzzle is that you take two words with a common letter between them, remove that common letter from one of the words, and anagram the result to make another one. You’ll see clues arranged in three columns, and the premise is that you use one word clued in column A and one clued in column B and anagram them as I just described to form one word clued in column C. To decide which version you want to try your hand at, here are what each of them entails:

Easier: The clues in column A and B and its corresponding word in column C are each in the same row. Column C clues contain the length of the object word in parentheses.

Harder: The clues in column A, B, and C are listed in random order, and the puzzle is to piece together which one from column A goes with which one in column B to make which one in column C. Column A, B, and C clues all contain the length of its object word.

Expert: Same as the Harder version, except there is no length hint for the clues in column A and B.


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Puzzle 448: Freestyle 404. Take it to the department of the redundancy department.


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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.19


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I couldn’t resist. I just couldn’t. I thought of a great (in my eyes) seed entry, then I thought of an equally great (again, in my eyes) clue for it and I just had to run with it. My wife can attest to this… I was very excited to use this entry/clue pair, and I told it to her. I can never be entirely sure whether it’s a genuine reaction from her or “he’s at it again, let me just fake-laugh to get him off my back”, though.


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Puzzle 447: Wordominoes 7. Round and round we go… where it stops, you’ll have to know…


Last Friday’s Anagram Crossword solution

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I’m coming back for another go-around, so to speak. for another Wordominoes puzzle. If you have missed the previous ones, they can all be found here. If you don’t know the history of this puzzle type, you can look through the previous posts or endure this little spiel. I wanted to make a three-dimensional crossword without having to resort to actual three-dimensional means. I came around to this idea, where every letter is triply checked: each letter is in a row, a column, and a cage. It certainly adds an interesting dimension to construction, as you have to worry that each letter fits in three different answers, not just two. It can get frustrating when you find a dupe (luckily, I didn’t here), as you often can’t just change one letter, because that changes three words, not two.


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Puzzle 446: Freestyle 403. That sound about right?


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Word count: 70
Mean word length: 5.34


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Helper square detesters, hold your breath before opening! I did a lot to make this work because I had a lot of good seed entries I wanted to put in. To some, “make this work” means put a couple of short stretchy answers, but I will put in a helper square every time over forcing a bad entry or two in an area, as you know. That goes without saying.


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