Written on Oct, 26, 2014 by in | 12 Comments.

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The picture above is part of a really bizarre set of Halloween postcards that I recently found from this old Buzzfeed article. I couldn’t tell if this one was a joke or an actual, unintentionally hilarious vintage postcard — I’m leaning towards the former — but either way, it’s going up here.

So, puzzle time! This one’s my first Super-Spicy themed offering. I have to give some credit to another constructor, but I don’t want to give too much away — in fact, I highly recommend that you stop reading now and go solve the puzzle first. I’ll give you one more sentence to warn you to stop reading now………finished??? Okay. I’ll just say that this puzzle is probably my most Blindaueresque one to date, and borrows a similar trick that Patrick used in a puzzle last year. Patrick, by the way, wrote this week’s meta suite for the New York Times. You probably knew that already. But if you haven’t gotten around to solving his meta challenge, you have until 6 pm ET tonight to do it and submit your answer to crossword@nytimes.com. Get on ‘er right quick!

Some final announcements:

1) There’s another indie crossword constructor in town. Chris King has a new website appropriately called Chris Words, where he publishes a new puzzle every Sunday. Unlike many indie puzzlemakers who break into the mainstream by getting a byline in a big paper like the New York Times and then building a website, Chris did it the other way by building his site first. Check out his latest puzzle here.

2) My first funding drive for Devil Cross is now complete. Thank you a million times to everyone who donated, blogged about it, spread the word, and solved the bonus puzzles. It means a lot to me.

Happy Halloween, and enjoy today’s puzzle. There will be a new one on November 8.

Update, 10/26/14 @ 2:15 pm ET: The link to the PUZ file was originally broken, but it should be fixed now.

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Written on Oct, 25, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

Update, 10/26/14 @ 1 pm: It’s almost ready, just bear with me a few minutes longer…..

Friends, I’m sorry, but I’m pushing back publication of the next Devil Cross puzzle by one day. Three things are holding me up:

1) The clues are not finished yet, and this grid took me longer than normal to build.

2) A fuse blew out at my apartment on Thursday night and took with it the working power to my outlets. And wouldn’t you know it, maintenance still hasn’t fixed it yet. YAY! Hence no internet access on a computer for now. So I’m posting this message on my smartphone, which, at three years of age, is probably due to blow out its final fuse too.

3) My choir, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, has been rehearsing a lot lately for our Big Sing concert on Sunday. What’s a Big Sing, you ask? It’s where the singers sit in the audience, and anyone in the audience can sing the music with us if they have the score and want to join in. We’re doing some chorales by both J.S. Bach and Mendelssohn, including a selection of Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion. It’s concert week, which means less constructing time for your friendly neighborhood Devil Crosser. But if you’re in the Philadelphia area on Sunday afternoon and want to check us out, hop on over to that link above. Tickets are $28 for general audience, $15 if you’re a student. Not cheap, I know, but I can get you a 15% discount on tickets if you type in my last name in the promo code box — though I don’t know if that discount applies for students. Still, if you go, come say hi to me. That’s an order.

So, while it’s hard for me to put an exact time on when the puzzle will go up, I’d say check back on Sunday, October 26 around 1 pm ET. It should hopefully be ready by then.

Thanks for your understanding.

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