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


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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 662: Freestyle 601. I’ll go with it.


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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.36


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Write what you know, they say. But can you really tell what I know from this set of clues for this grid? I have a two-year-old, so I know about viral YouTube videos. That song I referred to in a clue is burned into my brain. On the other hand, I don’t like Harry Potter at all. I happened upon that clue by random chance. I like Broadway musicals. But I don’t drink wine at all. I’m just a sea of contradictions!


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Puzzle 661: Freestyle 600. Go for the gold.


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Word count: 72
Mean word length: 5.19


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Six stacks of two long answers instead of four stacks of three. Same number of entries stacked, but spread around the grid more. This is definitely a better way to go. The upper left, the last one to fall for me, was for some reason a struggle for me more than the others, even though it might not look like the letters leading into that section were that constraining. It may have been just that there were any constraints at all, I don’t know.


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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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Puzzle 403: Wordominoes 6. Be prepared for the domino effect.


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I could write a book of these things. In fact, if I ever get enough time, I think I may. As I’ve said before, these are really interesting to construct. Why? They must be done by hand, and it works my brain approximately 150% harder having to keep in mind that each letter in the 10×10 grid appears in three answers instead of two. Hopefully it keeps your head spinning for just the right amount of time before it falls for you. Past feedback for this kind of puzzle has indicated just that kind of experience, which is what I’m aiming for… stare at the grid for a while wondering how you’re going to solve it, then make a teeny bit of headway, which drives the wedge in and leads to more and more headway until the grid is filled. If you like this one, and you missed the older ones, they can all be found here.


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Puzzle 367: Wordominoes 5. What goes around comes around.

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I love constructing these Wordominoes grids. The construction process is so interesting, mainly because every letter is triply checked — each letter is in an across answer, a down answer, and in a cage — and the process is entirely by hand. There’s no software for this. Like a normal crossword, of course, I have a seed entry (which is, in this case, in cage 1) that I build the grid around, but I have to also make sure it works in the grander scheme of the rows and columns. If these strike your fancy, and you missed the others, here are the previous four for your solving pleasure.


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Puzzle 4: Going Numberless. Because, in crosswords, location is everything.


(When I get a chance like this to plug my favorite band, I’ve got to do it, no?)

Last week’s A Capital Idea solution

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Call me crazy, but I think this just might work. Now, a regular crossword does require a bit of logic to complete, but I’ve upped the ante on the logic with this. As you’ll see, I’ve given you two (small, 9×9) grids, I’ve given you the clues… but I haven’t given you any numbers. You’ve got to figure out not only what the answers are, but also where the answers go. The point of these puzzles is to use some logic to hammer away at the interlock until all the answers fall into place. I intend for this to be a tough but fair challenge. Let me know… was this unfair? Or was it too easy? Did things fall into place? How did you do?

I downgraded the difficulty of the clues (I pretty much had to) and I didn’t include any obscure words or other crosswordese that you wouldn’t find outside of crossword puzzles. As you’ll see, I gave you two different puzzles with two different levels of difficulty, in which the clues are listed in alphabetical order two different ways: one by their answers, and the other by the clues itself.

I’ll be back with another crossword puzzle, of course, on Tuesday (this time with clue numbers!). The answer to Freestyle Puzzle 2 will appear there too. But I hope this will tide you over until then.

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