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

Puzzle #3: Themeless One ft. Erik Agard

Puzzle 3: Themeless One ft. Erik Agard

This blog is back from the dead! However, like the actual undead, I won’t say too much.

I’ve been spending my time nowadays working on stand-up comedy and other comedic endeavours, which is why I haven’t posted in eight (!?) months. However, I have still been crosswording from here to there, and this is the result of one of those instances.

I started this puzzle off on the bottom-right corner with multiple seed entries and then worked my way upwards with crossword legend Erik Agard helping me out with that upper-left corner of the grid. (He wrote the wonderful 1-Across clue as well. This puzzle couldn’t have been done without him.) However, that was months ago. Today, I see this file on my computer and decide to finish cluing it, with Erik helping to edit the final product through a series of e-mails. The result of that is the themeless presented upon you today. I hope it’s as fun to solve as it was to construct!

Does this mean I’ll start posting more? Probably not. (Wow, I’m really selling this, aren’t I?) However, when inspiration strikes, I’ll be back. In the meantime, follow my Twitter @adam_nicolle where I post jokes and musings, etc.

Happy puzzling!

– Adam, a.k.a. The Word Nerd

Puzzle #2: This Is A Big Deal…

Puzzle 2: This Is A Big Deal…
PDF PUZ (if this doesn’t directly download, I apologize, the links are kind of messing with me)

Hey guys!

Don’t worry, I’m alive. This project was kind of a non-starter. However, I feel like it’s necessary to try to keep this thing up and running by posting puzzles every now and then. Let’s go.

This puzzle is one I actually created last year, so pardon me if there are some off answers or outdated-ish material. It was originally meant for Buzzfeed, which might explain the long cluing and more 2010s answers than one might expect. Unfortunately, it didn’t get it in due to time constraints, and now that the Buzzfeed crossword is finished, I wouldn’t’ve been able to get it in this year either. (PSST,  if you didn’t know, Buzzfeed editor Caleb Madison is working on an upcoming puzzle project called Solve the Internet, check it out.)

So, considering that was off the table, I figured here would be the best place to post it. Why did I post it today of all days? Well, that should become apparent very soon. 😉

Happy puzzling, and I’ll hopefully see you soon for the holidays!

– Adam, a.k.a. The Word Nerd

Puzzle #1: Let’s Get In The Zone

Puzzle 1: Let’s Get In The Zone

It’s our first puzzle, so let’s get into our zone.

As you probably already know, my name is Adam Nicolle, and this is my crossword site. I post on the 1st and 15th of every month. I know, I didn’t post on the 1st this month, but that’s just my luck for creating last minute scheduling changes. Nevertheless, I’m here now, and you are too, so let’s jump into it.

This is a puzzle I am very proud about. I originally sent this theme idea into Buzzfeed while they were still taking crossword submissions. Unfortunately, it could not be published because *MINOR SPOILER ALERT* their applet couldn’t handle rebus squares *END OF SPOILER ALERT*. However, I did receive good feedback on the theme. So, recently, I decided to come back to it and spruce up some of the fill and clues. (Big thanks to Erik Agard for test-solving it! He has been a big inspiration for starting this website.) I hope you have as much fun solving this puzzle as I did constructing it, because this theme comes from a very special place in my heart. 🙂

If you liked this puzzle, leave a comment down below, if you didn’t, I’m glad you tried it out in the first place. Thanks for solving and I hope to see you again October 1st!

– Adam, a.k.a. The Word Nerd