Wednesday, December 21, 2022

themeless no. 20

hi, welcome back to crosstina. it's been a while, hasn't it? a lot has happened since we were last here, and two-plus months slipped through my fingers. i've been busy and life has been life—as in, all the good and bad and beautiful and terrible things that happen in life continue to happen. i've desperately wanted to post here, and i'm sure at some point in the past two months could have found the time, but i was also locked in a really negative head-space and have been very unkind to myself. to that end, this puzzle feels remarkable in that i even finished it. anything beyond that is icing on the cake!

i want to thank everyone who's shared their time/energy/eyeballs/laughter/creativity/passion with me this year. i had no idea what 2022 had in store, and was simply along for the ride. suffice to say, i love this ride. i'm enjoying the hell out of it. it is unpredictable and challenging and exciting and i feel very lucky to be on it. i couldn't have (and wouldn't have) done it if it weren't for every person who has done one of these goofy puzzles and enjoyed it. thank you, again, for everything.

that all being said! this is my official end-of-the-year puzzle— it is themeless, and only an 'end of the year' puzzle in that i have no plans on making another one in the next week. pet your dogs for me, tell the people you love that you love them, and celebrate your holidays in a way that makes you happy. see you next year!!

(thank you to alex for the test-solve— check out his latest doodad here!)


Wednesday, October 12, 2022

themeless no. 19 (feat. erik agard)

please welcome mr. back that azz up back to crosstina! this is now our third? collab? and hopefully not our last (can i say that? i'm saying it)— every step of making this puzzle was pure joy (i'm sad it's over!). you'll just have to take our word for it that, at one point, this was a really cute grid that looked like a panda. now? well, you'll see 😈.

in erik's words:

[erik could not be reached for comment? i think the grid got hi—]


so, uh, anyways— have at it! we're currently accepting rave reviews only in the comments, but will take criticism, if you tweet it, in haiku. but please do drop a line if you stream it, etc.


Thursday, September 29, 2022

themeless no. 18.5


here, have a midi! no reason!

this post is dedicated to my mother who routinely says motherfucker but once grounded me for a month in seventh grade because she felt that i was saying 'crap' too often.

for all the crossteenies playing along on twitter, this is NOT the puzzle i have been tweeting about for the past few days. this is actually a stopgap measure that happened, by chance, to have temporarily alleviated the out-of-control nausea i was feeling about not posting here all month because i've lost control of my life. but, uh. that's a blog post for a different day. or maybe just a different blog.

this puzzle was edited by will nediger (or maybe by kate? who's to say. it's almost like i'm telling you where this puzzle got pulled from)—surprise! and then un-edited by me—wahoo!

[ FULLSCREEN (for a midi? really?) | PUZ | PDF ]

Sunday, August 28, 2022

themeless no. 18

and not a moment too soon! i had some way, way, way overdue things i needed to get off my plate, as well as the chance to construct for lollapuzzoola (congrats to EVERYONE, you’re all winners, i loved seeing photos of the weekend), but as soon as i got those done i set to work on this! i love it. it's fun (i hope)! it's a themey themeless (the theme is, idk, stuff). i hope you like it, too. 

i’ve once again eschewed test-solving, so please let me know if you find any typos.

pet some dogs for me; wear your sunblock and re-apply every two hours; don't wrap pickles in tinfoil for a picnic, it makes them taste weird! xoxo


Monday, August 1, 2022

happy national crayon collection month from crosstina & kate


(we didn't have this test solved 🤞🏽)


Thursday, July 28, 2022

themeless no. 17

happy friday! here's a puzzle. it's deep summer, so that's...all i've got. i hope it's fun. be safe, stay hydrated, wear your sunscreen (and reapply every two hours).


p.s. this wasn't test solved! no one has vetted it! you'll just have to trust me. it was made in a shroud of secrecy and we'll talk about how much anxiety that gives me some other time.

p.p.s. aforementioned anxiety makes me want to defend this incredibly uninspired grid skeleton by saying this puzzle was originally intended for something else until i said 'fuck it crosstina eats first' and made a blog puzzle instead.


Friday, July 1, 2022

happy national anti-boredom month from crosstina & kate!

how do kate and i fight the good fight against boredom this month?

it's simple, really! we write all the clues for a puzzle in a marathon session on a thursday night and then realize we did something wrong and have to strip that puzzle down to the studs and REWRITE IT on friday morning.

have a great weekend, folks! wear sunblock and be safe. we love y'all.