Saturday, June 25, 2022

themeless no. 16 ½ (feat. will eisenberg)


boy are y'all in for a treat: i'm pleased to announce will eisenberg's crosstina debut! how did this come to pass, you might ask? well, the story is quite simple: i demanded it. be the change you wish to see in the world!

screenshot of me demanding that will let me clue his puzzles for him
if you aren't sure who is who in this conversation, i can't help you

we wound up doing TWO grids together and now you, dear reader, have the distinct pleasure of solving the world's first Half-Baked™ Hot Crosstina Buns™. 

will's notes:
[ed. note: all will did when asked for a comment was stare into the middle distance and start laughing. he's still going, he hasn't stopped—it's been days. i think i broke him?]

thanks to alex for test-solving! applets below the jump, pdfs and fullscreen links here. bon appetit!

Saturday, June 18, 2022

themeless no. 16


this puzzle isn't themeless— it's more of a mood than anything. it's the puzzle equivalent of someone being like "hey are you okay" and you being like "yeah everything's good...but if someone hugged me i might start crying". let's call it a vibe check. if you solve this and are like "hmm, seems like she has a lot on her mind"—reader, i do! don't hug me!

it's been a little quiet around here—i've been popping up elsewhere, though, if you know where to look! i can't wait for some exciting other things to come to fruition soon to tell you about. i think that's all i've got for now. hug your dogs for me (this does NOT mean hug your cats if you don't have a dog).

kate tested this, so any complaints should go to her, actually.


Thursday, June 2, 2022

one-in-a-minion: a crosstina, kate, & meatdaddy joint


step 2: come back and solve this puzzle

we hope you hate it :) 
(feel free to avert your eyes)

some early reviews: "never seen a puzzle with a final boss before" - will eisenberg

Sunday, May 22, 2022

themeless no. 15

i would have put out a puzzle two weeks ago but, well, i was very busy with my print debut (imagine there are, just, infinite emojis here) (and by busy i mean 'i popped some g-rade and made a lot of people do my puzzle at proverbial gunpoint'). after that, my brain broke* and i threatened to walk off into the woods and never be heard from again. but i'm here now! i’m so here, i promise i'm here. crosstina will always be my priority— my child with whom i am well pleased.

not much else to say here! i hope this puzzle finds you well. i hope the weather is getting nicer where you are. get some sun, if you can. open a window, catch a nice breeze, and enjoy this with a generous pour of passionfruit gatorade on the rocks. that's an order. happy solving, xoxo.

*i spent a week trying to make a more challenging puzzle and then i was like 'why am i doing this to myself? this isn't fun. this won't be fun for anyone else, either, if i torture myself to make it'. so here's this puzzle instead. it makes me happy.

thank you to kate and quiara and brooke for their various kindnesses and assistance that kept me from actually walking off into the woods because it was a very genuine threat.


Thursday, April 21, 2022

themeless no. 14

i thought we'd be here sooner this week, honestly. i had a complete grid last saturday but it was ugly. i spent monday and tuesday making three more grids...that i wasn't happy with. a few more iterations and mild crises later, here this is! i tried to make this one a little smoother sailing than #13, but we'll see how it plays.

this puzzle is brought to you by a 32 oz. jamaica, engaging in mutually assured destruction with crossfire, and mascaras with inexplicably horny names (i am here to DIS-endorse better than sex, perversion, and mile high club. in this house we love and support monsieur big, fetisheyes, and climax.) i would also like to note that i was lauded for showing 'admirable restraint' with one of these clues. it's called personal growth!

"""thank you""" to quiara for the test solve, and kate for being my 3am anxiety sounding board. if you're an avcx subscriber, you'll also be seeing a "themed" puzzle from me this weekend.

(p.s.— please let me know if you stream it!)