Monday, January 31, 2022

happy black history month from crosstina & kateschmate

the image is a no-context puzzle spoiler. just go with it.

kate and i put this puzzle together over the course of an afternoon because we were deeply inspired and wanted to get out ahead of what is sure to be a tidal wave of not-at-all cringey and weird black history month content in the crossword puzzle universe.

please enjoy! don't @ us (or do!) 

also, major thanks to crosswordnexus and the 'boisvert machine', as we're henceforth calling it.


Monday, January 17, 2022

themeless no. 9


(tshirt from @goodshirts)

happy tuesday! i wasn't going to post a puzzle this week—i don't know how i wound up posting puzzles with any sort of frequency, to tell you the truth—but here we are. i like this one; it has some fill in it i've been noodling with for more than a month, and i'm happy to finally share it with people. i hope something here makes you happy, too. have a nice week.

meat test solved this for me AFTER an evening at their latin reading group— forever indebted to them.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

themeless no. 8


in this house, we love and support al roker. this is a no-context spoiler for the puzzle, by the way. you'll know it when you see it.

not a lot to say, again. on any given day there's just really not a lot going on in my brain, truthfully; it's a real 'the lights are on but no one's home' sort of situation. i had fun with this one, though, and i hope you do too! 

kate and quiara both test solved it, and were both exceedingly nice about my persistent inability to identify an adjective. grateful for them!

Sunday, January 2, 2022

themeless no. 7: i never claimed to know anything about thermostats

it's still setting in that it's 2022 for me— how's it going for you? 2021 was a year of starts and stops; one that i can't really eulogize succinctly. so i won't! instead, i'm gonna offer you all this puzzle and say happy new year: onward and upwards! or, in the immortal words of a fortune cookie i once had, let go or be dragged. 

some constructor notes: an asymmetrical grid? on my blog? it's more likely than you think. it was playing a little more challenging than i intended (i never set out to make a hard puzzle— there's nothing fun about stumping people) so some blocking was done to ease up a few crosses. hopefully it spares a few DNFs!

my entire kingdom to kate for testing this and very gently reminding me to, like, use commas. life-changing stuff! also thanks to dob from crossweird for working some free-jazz magic. it takes a village.