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Beating a Dead Horse

Now it’s really been awhile. My last post was pre-[crazy thing that happened]. Like you all, I’ve been flummoxed, flabbergasted, and—from time to time—veritably incapacitated since [that crazy thing happened]. Puzzle world hero Francis Heaney was quick to jump to action with his great Puzzles for Progress packet, so you should check that out.

But I thought that maybe—for all you dopes out there who are beginning to feel nostalgic for the determined anger that pervaded the yeasty T***p Tower protest on November 9—just maybe I have a puzzle for you…

Solve online, on Across Lite, or print & solve.

I’m [Ass] Back [Words] from the Muertos

It’s been a while. Some might say I was on hiatus. Some might say I had better things to do. Some might say I hate you and I hate your puzzles. Some might respectfully disagree. Alwaystheless, here’re’re three libational offerings for the Day of the Dead (i.e., the lazy man’s ‘Ween).

Unitarian libation—Solve online, on Across Lite, or print & solve.
Bicondary libation—Solve online, on Across Lite, or print & solve.
Terd one—Solve online, on Across Lite, or print & solve.

What the Word?!?!

Hawdy! I’m back with my April puzzle. It’s fresh and censored just for you and yours. Solve online, on Across Lite, or print & solve.

Also, if you feel gypped because there was no April Oaf’s puzzle, then quit the braying: I published one with the Unemployed Philosophers Guild for their Crossword Mug here. (If you don’t own a compatible mug, just print out this li’l guy.)

Also, there’s a new Muling List. Sign up so I never have to catch you visiting this site ever again! (I hate you.) (If you don’t get a confirmation email, you’re probably fine…I’ll see that you tried and confirm myself.)

Also, I’m twice (and sometimes thrice) as productive as this site may indicate. Are you into film? Do my MUBI Notebook puzzles. There’s a new one out quite soon.

Here’s a Blu[c]e Spruce[steen]:

Sum Things Different

This week, a smaller 11×11 of the type they call ‘Something Different’ puzzles—Trip Payne is the master of these. If I remember correctly there’s an especially good one in this book, but I’m sure there are many other great out-there Paynes out there.

According to Ben Tausig’s American Values Club Crossword service: “According to Trip, ‘Something Different crosswords allow made-up entries that can be clued in any way. For example, the clue “Flowery poem about one 1980s fad” might lead to ODE ON A RUBIK’S CUBE; the clue “Like margarine” might lead to OLEOESQUE. Most Something Differents will include some real words as well, particularly among the shorter entries; these will be clued normally and are good places to start. Expect anything and keep your mind open!'”

In this case, I couched a regular, cutesy theme in a Som Diff.

Test out your chops online, on Across Lite, or print & solve.

Hhhhhhhhhhhhhhappy New Year

Sorry for that H-bomb. Yule thank me later. Test out your thermonuclear chops online, on Across Lite, or print & solve. Also, I should give a shout out to Michael Shteyman for his markedly similar 1/14/02 New York Times puzzle (with an identical midsection): this is just one of those times when a silly idea occurs twice in isolation. Although, unlike Leibniz, I’ve lived for 14 years in a post–Shteyman puzzle world. [insert The Butterfly Effect reference]

Remember—if you happen to be a cinema sort—to keep a Kino-Eye out for my next Kinophile Crossword on MUBI’s Notebook.

Burro’cane puzzles

A break from beeswax as usual this week with two early [Archimedean] spiral crosswords of mine, or as the late Floridian Merl Reagle calls them, hurricane puzzles. For instructions on solving I quote the words of Will Shortz, who introduced these puzzles to the U.S.: “When completed, this grid will contain two series of words—one reading inward from No. 1 to No. 100, the other outward from No. 100 back to No. 1. Every space will be used exactly twice. Work from both sets of clues to complete the puzzle.”

Spiral 1: print & solve
Spiral 2: print & solve