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Written on Oct, 31, 2015 by in , | 6 Comments.

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And now for something completely different.


It’s time for another “Something Different” puzzle! If you’ve never tried one before, here’s how it works: most of the answers are made-up, nonsense phrases. But you can still solve the puzzle since the short answers are often legitimate words and the crazy clues are generally straightforward enough to lead you to the correct answer. If you have the clue [Sort of like Republican presidential candidate Donald], the answer might be TRUMPISH. Just make sure to keep an open mind while you solve and, most of all, have fun with it; these are remarkably fun to write, after all.

On a more somber note, you may have heard the sad news that the crossword world lost another giant: Henry Hook recently passed away at the age of 60. I did not know him personally; I never spoke to the man in person. But I do know that he had a very, very creative imagination for puzzles. I also learned that Henry was a pioneer of the “Something Different” puzzle along with the late Merl Reagle. Obviously I owe both men a lot just for that alone. With both of these puzzle legends passing on within two months of one another — along with the fact that today’s a day for dressing up and being a little crazy anyway — today seemed like as good a day as any for a crazy crossword.

Enjoy the puzzle. Rest in peace, Henry.

(Tip of the hat to Erik Agard, whose puzzle this week has a similar shape.)

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Written on Oct, 17, 2015 by in | 8 Comments.

Important Note: Puzzles #62-68 have been removed from Devil Cross for the time being because they may become future Washington Post puzzles. My apologies for the inconvenience. Puzzles #1-61 and #69 are still available to solve.

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Photo credit: NPR

Photo credit: NPR


Oh, you thought I’d forgotten about themeless puzzles? Nope, I haven’t. But this one’s mega-sized! Because why not think big?

Have to run to a choir rehearsal, so here are some quick announcements:

  1. Kameron Austin Collins has jumped into the indie puzzle game with his new site HIGH:Low. It’s a biweekly themeless puzzle that you can sign up for here. His first one was a nice, nice puzzle. It’s Devil Cross-approved.
  2. There’s a new daily crossword blog out there, but this one is for the indies! It’s called New Grids on the Block, and they’re reviewing BuzzFeed and other puzzles with a sorta irreverent flavor. I think you’ll enjoy it.

Also, please note that my online widget for solving the crossword isn’t working right now, so you can’t solve right in the internet browser. But you can still solve in Across Lite and on the PDF as normal. Update, 10/17/15 @ 6:30 pm ET: I fixed the widget, so all methods for solving are available. YAY!

That’s all for now. Enjoy the mega-sized themeless goodness.

 

 

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