Written on Apr, 25, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

Hey, solvers. As I wrote last week, I had to take some time to work on Indie 500 projects — primarily our meta suite, which we’re hoping to finish up soon. Other non-puzzle-related things in my life needed attention as well (shocking, I know). So there’s no Devil Cross puzzle today. Forgiveness, please?

Not to worry, however: I’ll return with a new puzzle next Saturday, and the other puzzles in my Cross Links sidebar should carry you over till then. Plus, later this week (tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, April 28), I’ll be publishing a review of Patrick Berry’s Vicious Circle variety meta suite. Though you can still purchase the suite whenever you like, his contest for a chance to win a cash prize ends tonight, so make sure you submit your final answer before the clock strikes midnight!

That’s all for now. Again, new Devil Cross puzzle coming on May 2.


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Written on Apr, 18, 2015 by in | 4 Comments.

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My post about crossword fill and creativity on Tuesday really sparked some discussion! It drew my largest single-day view count since I began this website, thanks largely to Rex Parker for linking to it on his site and various venues. Suffice it to say, I put a high premium on fill, which may explain why I like to draw from the themeless well as often as I do — with no theme to worry about, it’s as pure an exercise in filling a grid as there is. Themed puzzles can have smooth fill too, of course, but they generally start with more constraints before the fill comes into play.

Anyway, if you’re new to Devil Cross because you clicked on one of Rex’s links, welcome! Stick around, take a load off, enjoy some puzzles, what-have-you. Today’s 70-worder features what I believe is a first for Devil Cross, at least among my regular puzzles that don’t include Something Different or variety grids. Can you guess what it is? (Solve the puzzle first, and then highlight the blank space below to find out the answer.)


It’s a pangram, a puzzle that uses every letter at least once. I didn’t set out to make one of these today. In fact, I often avoid Scrabbly letters if it means the fill will be smoother. But that’s how it turned out. And well, it’s kinda funny that I published a pangram today given that I just recently criticized a puzzle that used only eight letters in the entire grid.


Please note: there’s a good chance that I will NOT be posting a new puzzle next Saturday, April 25. I need the time to do some work for the Indie 500 Crossword Tournament, as well as some other stuff related to Life. (Oh, have you not signed up for that tournament yet? Please go do that.) However, though I may not post a puzzle, I am of course willing to run a guest puzzle in my place. So if you’ve got something that tickles your fancy, and it tickles mine too, send me a message and we’ll discuss it. It doesn’t have to be a regular crossword, either — just something you think people would enjoy. Speaking of guest puzzles, check out Erin Milligan-Milburn‘s very first crossword, posted on Erik Agard’s Glutton for Pun website. It’s a fine, fine debut, if’n I do say so.

Enjoy today’s puzzle. There will definitely be a new one on May 2.

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