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Puzzle 663: Anagram Crossword 9. There’s no fooling you.


Last Friday’s freestyle solution

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It’s my first post since April Fools’ Day. I didn’t do anything too wacky, wild, or crazy, but I felt like I had to do something to mix things up at least. And mix things up I literally did. I admit that it doesn’t take me as long to write the clues for these grids, because the point of the puzzle is more the anagramming than the clue-to-answer thing that’s the case with standard crosswords. I thought briefly about creating a variant of these crosswords in which you have to anagram one word in each clue to make sense of it, then anagram the answer to put in the grid. That would be really nasty of me, and I’m not so sure it wouldn’t be a little unfair in some spots. Maybe I’ll have that as an option the next time I do one of these — you can solve the regular one, or you can solve the one with an anagram in the clues as well. Don’t mind me, I’m just thinking out loud.


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


Last Friday’s Star Shifts solution

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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 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.


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 445: Anagram Crossword 5. Time for a lot of rearrangement.


Last Friday’s freestyle solution

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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.22


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I haven’t done one of these in a long while. So I figured it was time to mix it up (heh heh) a bit and throw in one of these. I hope it doesn’t upset (heh heh, again) you that I’m throwing in a variety puzzle today. The twist (OK TIM, STOP WITH THE ANAGRAM PUNS) here is that the clues point to not their corresponding entries, but the anagrams of the entries. Unlike my first four, I decided to see if I could make one of these like my other freestyle grids — 72 words or less. Now, of course, the point of this grid isn’t the sparkly fill but the puzzle of anagramming. Hopefully it’ll take you all a little while to wrestle with this thing.


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Puzzle 73: Anagram Crossword 4. Add letters and stir.

Last Friday’s freestyle solution

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In case you missed my first three Anagram Crosswords, they can all be found right here. The hardest part of constructing these was building up the database. That’s still going on. After that, constructing it is the same as constructing any other crossword for me, but with a much narrower word list… except, when cluing, sometimes I catch myself thinking of a clue for the actual entry instead of the anagram for that entry. (Don’t worry, I checked them all… there aren’t any “regular” clues here.)

I’ll be back with another freestyle crossword puzzle, of course, on Tuesday. The answer to  Freestyle 46 will appear there too. But I hope this will tide you over until then.

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Puzzle 53: Anagram Crossword 3. It’s a mixed-up, muddled-up, shook-up grid.

Last Friday’s meta puzzle solution and explanation

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The Anagram Crossword has been the most popular of the variety puzzles I’ve posted on this site. Here are the first one and the second one in case you’ve missed them. Hey, give the people what they want, right? It’s been fun and a lot of time cultivating the word list I use to make these grids, and I’m going to keep adding to the list for future puzzles like this.

I’ll be back with another freestyle crossword puzzle, of course, on Tuesday. The answer to  Freestyle 32 will appear there too. But I hope this will tide you over until then.

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Puzzle 33: Anagram Crossword 2. All mixed up with somewhere to go.

Last Friday’s Word Worms solution

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Since there was some good positive feedback about my first Anagram Crossword (try it if you’ve missed it!), I decided to bring back the concept for another go-around. Since that last one, I’ve added quite a bit of words to the anagram wordlist, so I worked with a more expanded vocabulary that certainly made it easier for me to construct. I constructed this puzzle to have a little better flow than the last one (the 5×3 corners in the upper right and lower left are a little closed off, but that’s it) to make it less likely that solvers would get stuck.

You’ll see that I included a couple of longer — 11-letter, to be exact — entries here. Honestly, it was an excuse to throw in a longer anagram that amused me more than mildly (not because it’s apt — at least I don’t think it’s apt — just that it was funny that the anagrams worked out). I also threw in a few more “tricky” clues than in the last one, but I still think I’ve kept it fair and eminently solvable.

I’ll be back with another freestyle crossword puzzle, of course, on Tuesday. The answer to  Freestyle Puzzle 19 will appear there too. But I hope this will tide you over until then.

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Puzzle 25: Anagram Crossword. Order… I need order in this grid!

Last Friday’s Split Decisions Two Ways solution

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This is the rare puzzle that gets both the “crosswords” and “variety puzzles” category! Now, I’m not one to tell you how to do your puzzle, but the colleague to whom I gave this puzzle said, “Wow, this is definitely gonna be a pencil puzzle.” The object of this puzzle is to solve it like a regular crossword, except the corresponding entry in the grid will be the anagram of the answer to the clue. (No, I didn’t keep this one under 72 words.)

Don’t be surprised or frustrated if you find some clues more difficult than others… there is a definite reason to the degree of difficulty of particular clues as opposed to others. I’m not going to give away quite what it is, but see if you can discern what I was thinking during the cluing process.

I’ll be back with another crossword puzzle, of course, on Tuesday. The answer to  Freestyle Puzzle 15 will appear there too. But I hope this will tide you over until then.

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