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Written on Dec, 24, 2016 by in , , | Comments Off on Dec. 25, 2016 Washington Post crossword: “Gift Boxes”

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PDF available on Sunday, Dec. 25 at the Post’s website.


Hi, friends. There’s been a bit of a technical snag with the server that normally hosts the electronic files of my Washington Post crossword, so I’ve been granted permission to temporarily host the Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 puzzles here. This post has the .puz file for the Christmas Day puzzle, “Gift Boxes.” I’ll post the Jan. 1 puzzle next week. If you prefer to print out and solve the PDF, you can get that at the link above starting tomorrow.

Please note this is just a temporary solution; I’ll be moving the files back to the normal server after Jan. 1, where you can access the .puz file at Diary of a Crossword Fiend.

Thanks, and enjoy the puzzle!

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Written on Apr, 01, 2016 by in | 1 Comment.

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Devil Cross is back from the dead for a day! Life is keeping me pretty busy at the Washington Post, and I’m enjoying it, but I’ve been meaning to break my hiatus here for a while. I’ve got some information about accessing the Post puzzles at the end of the post which you may or may not know already, but I figure it can’t hurt to put it down here.

And this weekend is the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament! I will be there, so make sure you come say hi to me.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this puzzle, and it’s a meta too! I’m proud of how it turned out; it’s a tough one and I worked especially hard on it over the past week.

The answer to this metapuzzle is a “Game of Thrones” character. If you don’t watch the show or haven’t read the books, this handy Wiki list might help you figure out the answer. E-mail me your answer at for a chance to win a fun prize!





















Okay, happy April, and all that. Now that that’s out of the way, this link and this link will explain everything.

As for the Washington Post: since I last posted in December, I’ve been having a good time there, but there’ve been some updates for getting a hold of my Post Magazine puzzles:

  1. The puzzles are still available for free for solving on your browser on the Post’s website here. But if you prefer Across Lite, you can get .puz files at Diary of a Crossword Fiend via the Today’s Puzzle page. New puzzles are posted on Saturdays at 6 pm ET. For both formats, only the last four weeks’ worth of puzzles are available at a time, so make sure you solve them before they disappear.
  2. If you are a browser solver (as in, online but not in Across Lite): at some point in the near future, the Post will be switching over to an HTML5 setup, and with that will come some new features for solving. First, you’ll get a bright new shiny PDF. It will look like the puzzle as it appears in the print magazine. Second, there will supposedly be a way to enter multiple letters into a single box for rebus puzzles. I’ve been inching to create some of these. I don’t know exactly when this HTML5 changeover will happen, but I’m told it’s in testing now; hopefully it won’t be too long.
  3. For all solvers: I blog about my Post puzzles here. It provides not only the solution to each puzzle, but a little bit of my thought process on the themes, answers, clues, etc. For another blog take, Jenni Levy has been doing some fine write-ups over at Crossword Fiend.

That’s all for now. Hope to see you at the ACPT!

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