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Puzzle 750: Wordominoes 12. When are you going to come around?


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Variety is the spice of life. Round and round we go with another edition of Wordominoes!


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Puzzle 697: Wordominoes 11. It’s three, three, three ways to form words!


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I’m back with the world’s only puzzle format with triply checked letters that has a portmanteau name that refers to dominoes! (Let me know if it isn’t, and I will edit this statement suitably.) 10 x 10 seems like the right size for a grid, but, maybe if I’m in a certain mood, I’ll make a giant 16×16. I know my eraser would get a workout constructing that one. I’m on a time crunch right now with everything going on about our moving adventure, but everything should settle down in a few weeks (until our house-building adventure begins in earnest, anyway) when we get settled in our apartment. (It should not affect my output at all, though, so don’t worry about that.) Man, am I looking forward to that day.


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Puzzle 649: Wordominoes 10. I’m in a pretty cagey mood.


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If I could make a whole book of these Wordominoes, and I had the time to do this, I definitely would. As I say, I think, on every one of these posts (check out the past posts if you’re unfamiliar with these), I have so much fun constructing these. I don’t really like to toot my own horn, but I am rather proud of coming up with this puzzle form. If you’re a crossword constructor, or an aspiring one, I am gently urging you to construct one of these. I’m very curious about a few things here — curious what you would all come up with, curious what you think of the construction process, curious what your process would even be. Heck, I’m curious what the solving process would be myself, without knowing the solution beforehand. I have to dial my clue difficulty down a bit here — I’d estimate somewhere around hard Wednesday/easy Thursday New York Times level — because part of the puzzle is orienting the words and finding out which row and which column belongs where. I can’t make it unfair, you know.


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Puzzle 579: Wordominoes 9. Give it a whirl!


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I’ve said it more than once before, and I’ll say it again. These are really fun to construct. They organically develop from a seed entry (cage #2 in this case) more naturally than a regular crossword because there’s nowhere for answers to hide — there are no black squares and each letter, in each square, is a part of three answers. It’s a veritable tapestry made of letters.

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


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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 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 315: Wordominoes 4. The word gets around…

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Good to mix it up every now and again, no? And it has been very now and again these days, if that makes any sense. If you’ve missed any of my previous Wordominoes grids — and I don’t blame you if you have, the last one was quite a long time ago (like, 2½ years ago), here are the previous three for your solving pleasure. This idea was basically borne of my desire to somehow pull off a three-dimensional crossword in a two-dimensional space. The three dimensions, in this case, are across, down, and around.

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Puzzle 55: Wordominoes 3. Time to employ some circular logic.

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The triply-checked grid strikes again! In case you missed it, my first two Wordominoes puzzles are here and here. Each letter in this grid goes in an answer across, down, and around. As with a regular crossword, I started with the longest answer (16 letters, in this case), and also just like a regular crossword (but unlike my first two of these grids), I didn’t finish with the same cage configuration that I started with. It’s a little harder to change around the lines after you’ve constructed much of this kind of puzzle, but it worked out very smoothly for me this time and I didn’t have to tear out much of the grid at all. (For the record, it was in the upper right.)

I’ll be back with another freestyle crossword puzzle, of course, on Tuesday. The answer to Freestyle 33 will appear there too. But I hope this will tide you over until then.

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