ok so it’s taking more than a week

i’m debating between sending puzzles to the new york times and posting them here. my schedule here will continue to be occasional but i’ll try to come back soon. also the lowercase aesthetic means nothing except for the fact that i’m writing this on my phone. i’m all good! this hiatus was bound to happen again but at least i have a crossword outlet for when i got puzzles. you ready??? you ready??? more themeless and potentially themed puzzles coming soon.

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Puzzle #8: Themeless 6

Puzzle 8: Themeless Six – *Evil Laugh*
PDF PUZ Solution

I’ve recently realized that I want to make puzzles more accessible to people my age, so I had a friend help look over this puzzle. This puzzle wasn’t designed initially for my demographic, so it most likely fails its criteria, but I’ll actually take that in mind when I construct more. That means the cluing in this puzzle today might/should skew a bit easier. That doesn’t mean I’m getting rid of harder puzzles, it just means there might be both types of puzzles.

21-Down and 39-Across are my favourite clues. My favourite entry I think is 30-Across. I have very fond memories of making fun of that movie.

Enjoy the puzzle! I’ll be back next week! Happy puzzling!

– Adam, a.k.a. The Word Nerd

Puzzle #7: Themeless 5

Puzzle 6: Themeless Five – “Cryptic Location” PDF PUZ Solution

I have an obsession with trying to put stacks in unconventional locations in grids (as you can tell from my last puzzle) and this puzzle came from having some 9s I wanted to incorporate somewhere and I was like “the middle!” so I did that.

REASON FOR THE SEEMINGLY UNRELATED TITLE: It was originally the clue to 21-Down, until (spoiler alert) I discovered that although cryptic crosswords have unchecked squares, they rarely don’t have a 1-Across (end of spoiler alert). Luckily it was also the name of a book. I think it’s inferrable enough anyway and I’m too happy with the fill around it to scrap it. It’s like my own version of the Patrick Berry “KRISS KROSS” incident of 2014. How time flies.

Enjoy the puzzle! I’ll be back next week! Happy puzzling!

– Adam, a.k.a. The Word Nerd

Puzzle #6: Themeless Four

Puzzle 6: Themeless Four – “Just Reply Already”
PDF PUZ Solution

This grid idea came from me having a stagger-stack that didn’t work in the middle of the grid and I thought the entries were too good to not use in a crossword of some sort, so I made this. Is this grid design kinda cheating? Yeah, but I’m happy with how it turned out. Some people cheat and still fail the test, y’know.

I’d like to think my clue has improved somewhat in the past few months. I think my favourite here is 2-Down. A dumb obvious pun but I’m proud of it.

Enjoy the puzzle! I’ll be back next week! Happy puzzling!

– Adam, a.k.a. The Word Nerd

Puzzle #5: Themeless Three

Puzzle 5: Themeless Three – “Childhood Prank”
PDF PUZ Solution

Last week we had 8s, now we have 9s. Next week 10s? No. But next week’s grid should be good, or at the very least, interesting. Actually nah it’ll be both.

Also, shoutout to Crossword Butler for still having my crosswords on the blogroll after all this time. Wow.

Enjoy the puzzle! I’ll be back next week! Happy puzzling!

– Adam, a.k.a. The Word Nerd

Puzzle #4: Themeless Two

Puzzle 4: Themeless Two – “Tsk Tsk”
PDF PUZ Solution

I am back! And I have puzzles that will last this blog the next few months at least! So if you’re interested in (mainly) themelesses with fresh, modern fill and a little bit of humour, buckle in. How fun! Every Monday? That’s right. (Hoo boy.) Also, thanks to Chris of arctan(x)words for shouting this place out! You all are probably here from his site so I don’t have to convince you how great his puzzles are but I still feel like I should mention how much I enjoy his puzzles. Also, check out a Sunday-sized collab we did!

This puzzle started off as essentially a purge of my seed entry list. Most of the seeds were planted on the left side of the puzzle, with the right side coming together with the happening upon multiple other miniseeds I was very happy to include. I hope you enjoy this puzzle as much as I enjoyed making it!

One last thing: I tried embedding a crossword applet into the site but the code used to do that (iFrame) doesn’t work on WordPress.com. So, in slight frustration, I decided to create a mini 3×3 puzzle called “iframe sucks (only on wordpress)”. It took me 5 minutes to make and it’s more of a joke puzzle but it has a point.

Puzzle 4.1: iframe sucks (only on wordpress)
PUZ (whoops only works in puz, sorry)

Anyway, expect some minipuzzles occasionally based on whatever I find inspiration in (but not that much inspiration) in my life.

Hope you’re as excited for this as I am. Happy puzzling, and I’ll see you next Monday!

– Adam, a.k.a. The Word Nerd