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Written on Aug, 05, 2014 by in , | 2 Comments.

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Time for a meta contest! You know the drill. Solve the grid, find the hidden meta, send it in. I’m aiming this meta to be tougher than the last two metas I threw at you, but I’m hoping it gives you far less trouble than it caused me in building it. If only I were someone who knew how to actually spell correctly the words I want you to solve. That would be awesome.

A couple other things of note in the crosswording universe:

1) Meta master Matt Gaffney is running his annual tip jar. It runs until this Saturday at midnight ET, so show him some love in PayPal form.

2) Pete Muller has his monthly music meta out today. The last one completely stymied me. We’ll see how I do here.

3) Lollapuzzoola 7 is upon you! Sign up now and come say hi to me. Or if the trip to New York City isn’t doable, you can always get the at-home version for $10.

4) I’ll be pinch-hitting for Rex Parker on tomorrow’s and Thursday’s New York Times puzzles. I’ll be sure to talk at length about such fascinating topics as the OGEE.

The answer to this contest puzzle is a video game console. Please submit your answer to me ( by 6 pm ET on Tuesday, August 12. Only one answer per entrant, please — so make sure you’ve got it right before hitting “Send.” One randomly selected winner will receive a Devil Cross t-shirt.

Enjoy! There will be a new Devil Cross puzzle on August 16.

p.s. Happy birthday, Momma!

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Written on Aug, 02, 2014 by in | Comments Off on Puzzle #16 delayed until Tuesday, August 5 (Update)

Update, 8/5/14, 7:20 a.m. ET: Puzzle #16 will go up later this afternoon, probably between 4 or 5 pm. Thanks for your patience.

Hey all,

My dearest apologies, but I’m postponing Puzzle #16 for a few days (FYI: it’s a contest puzzle). I ran into a buzz saw of a problem yesterday. I had my puzzle all ready to go, clues and everything, and just as I was getting ready to post it, I noticed that one of my marquee entries had a spelling error. I’ve found that I cannot fix it without ripping out at least half the grid, and that will take some extra time. The best part of it all? I built the initial draft of it two months ago. Two months went by with occasional tinkering here and there and I never saw the mistake until just before game time.

While delays in publication suck, it’s a much better problem to have than posting a puzzle on time that’s straight-up wrong. I’ll do my best to have it fixed and ready by this Tuesday. I don’t know exactly what time it will be up, but I’ll make sure to announce it on both Facebook and Twitter, so if you want the instant update, be sure and hit Like on the Devil Cross Facebook page or follow me on the Twitterverse.

On another note: I’ve found out that I will be at Lollapuzzoola 7 next weekend in New York City! So maybe I’ll see you there, eh?

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