Puzzle 2: A Capital Idea. Because I’m more than just acrosses and downs.

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Here at Club 72, we’re (which is to say, I’m) not all about the crossword puzzle. Mostly… but not all. I aim to entertain, puzzlically (puzzlewise? puzzlifyingly?) speaking, in multiple ways and on multiple levels. From time to time, and they’ll usually be posted on a Friday evening, you’ll see other puzzles of the wordplay ilk here. (Who knows, you may even see a stray crossword pop up on Fridays, too.) Case in point, this.

Remember that blurb there in “about me” where I say that I don’t know how my wife is putting up with this? Well, this is one of those times where I was lying awake and had a thought. I noticed that Berlin, Germany had a word hidden inside of it: linger. I rolled over and wrote it down, probably awakening Christine in the process. I then went scouring through the list of world capitals (the next day, of course) and listed every one that had a “linking” word like this that I thought that at least someone might know. I left out the really obscure ones, so you won’t have to worry about struggling to remember the capitals of Papua New Guinea or Swaziland. Unless you’re from there, of course. Still and all, it would be VERY impressive to get all 35 of these.

I’ll be back with another crossword puzzle, of course, on Tuesday. The answer to Freestyle Puzzle 1 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? Who is that masked man? Where do babies come from? Which tie goes better with this vest?

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Puzzle 1: Freestyle 1. I’m goin’ indie, man.

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Word count: 70
Mean word length: 5.57

Welcome, one and all! I’ll save the intros; you can read all you care to know (and some stuff you don’t care to know) about me and about my puzzles on the links up there in the upper right (right there? no, higher… little bit to the right… no, you’re too high now… yup, you found ’em).

I’m hoping for my personality to come out in my puzzles, and what better way to do that in my first one on this site than with this 15-letter spanner? I just couldn’t wait to put that one in the puzzle from the moment I realized it was 15 letters long. The seeds were that one (35-Across) and 64-Across… not to say there weren’t some other happy entries that came along in the process. And no… the adjacency of 30-Across and 33-Across was not planned; I didn’t even realize it until well after the whole thing was completed and I clued that area.

I honestly didn’t need all four corner black squares in building the puzzle; I only really needed the ones in the NE and SW, and then decided that it didn’t look quite right without the other pair. I consider crossword building an art in and of itself; that kinda gives it that nice “framed” look. My favorite thing that I learned from making this puzzle (I hope to have at least one of these things I can share with you in every puzzle) was the factoid I used for the clue at 26-Across. Nonhuman animals think of the darnedest things.

As always, I’d like to know, folks… comment is welcome! Come say hello! What did you like? What could I do better? What’s your favorite breakfast cereal? Why did God invent hashtags?

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