Saturday, September 12, 2020

puzzle #36: adam describes owl city songs

puzzle 36: adam describes owl city songs for the span of a 21x crossword

Whaaaaaat? A 21x21 puzzle? That's right, y'all.
This is definitely one of the more niche puzzles I've made. The theme of this puzzle is pretty straightforward from the title, but it's something I've been thinking about a lot recently. For those not entirely familiar with the artist's discography, this should play more like a themeless, but I hope it's funny nonetheless! I have another themeless in the works with a nearly-identical grid, so be on the lookout for that too.


If you like the puzzle, let me know! If you wanna support and leave a tip, feel free!
Hope you enjoy! New puzzle soon.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

puzzle #35: my name is fifteen (by chris piuma)

puzzle 35: my name is fifteen (guest puzzle by chris piuma)

Here's a wonderful puzzle from Chris Piuma (Twitch, Twitter) that he's graciously allowed me to publish on my site! You may know him as Wordgarbler where he does daily streams of the NYT puzzle/Spelling Bee and also solves some indie outlets (including mine!). Thank you Chris!

Words from Chris:
"Fifteens rule. Sixteens drool. Thanks for having me on!"
Words to live by. Also:

perfect segue for
the announcement:
if you want to talk
like this and have
your text lines be
fifteen letters, I
say enter into the
Crosscord Server

Enjoy the puz and tell Chris how much you like it! New puzzle soon.

Friday, September 4, 2020

puzzle #34: themeless twenty-seven (with paolo pasco)

puzzle 34: themeless twenty-seven - tag a friend (with paolo pasco)


Ooooh a collab? You're damn right it is. notsidsgrids.com and notnotsidsgrids.com** are teaming up today, folks. Super excited to post this collab with Paolo. I vibe with him and his puzzles a LOT, and I'm grateful for all the times he's test-solved a puzzle or sent crossword memes back and forth with me. This was a fun puzzle to make, and his humour and craft shine in this puzzle!
Also, for those of you who don't know already, he recently dropped a puzzle pack too. I have yet to solve the main puzzles because I am waiting until I can solve them on paper, but I recommend the $10 pack if only for the 21x puzzle alone. Just incredible, had me agape several times, an absolute joy to solve.

Some extra notes:
  • I had a puzzle out on Et Tu, Etui? a few days ago. It's a fun little wordplay one, so check it out!
  • Shout-out to Rebecca Neipris and Sid Sivakumar for shouting me out on Crossnerds a few days ago. They had a great episode and Sid's always wonderful, but I was not expecting the kind words and it made my day :) Please check it out.
Enjoy the puz!

**I swear that link worked earlier.

Saturday, August 22, 2020

puzzle #33: themeless twenty-six

puzzle 33: themeless twenty-six - commercial suffix with power

Something occurred to me the other day. I've posted more puzzles this month (including the puzzle pack) than I did during the first three (edit: four!!) years of this blog. At this point, it just feels like I'm compensating for the inevitable slow-down that will happen as comedy school starts back up in September. I won't stop posting, but it will probably be more infrequent.

Speaking of comedy: onto this puzzle! I'm really glad I got to include 5-Down, as I've been a big fan of his stuff for a while. The title of this puzzle is a reference to a viral video he was a part of a while back that you might recognize, and I recommend checking it out if you haven't. If I was able to include every single Toronto comedian that I like in a puzzle and still keep it accessible I would, however, I felt like this was a nice homage to the Toronto comedy community. (In that same vein, thank you to Toronto comic Glenys Marshall for trying this puzzle out! She's very funny and very kind.)

Enjoy the puz! New one soon.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

puzzle #32: themeless twenty-five

puzzle 32: themeless twenty-five - notice me

We got a spicy meat-a-ball today, folks. Fun fact: the triple stack in the centre was actually the last thing to come together. (That's a blatant lie.) I'm feeling pretty happy with how it turned out so I'll let this puzzle speak for itself. If you're looking for some musical accompaniment to this puzzle, I recommend the song at 42-Across and this song:



Enjoy! Feel free to tell friends or leave a tip if you like the puz. New one soon.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

puzzle #31: tasty treat

puzzle 31: tasty treat


You know what? Wasn't expecting my next puzzle to be a themed one either. 

This grid started this morning when I solved this Et Tu, Etui puzzle and it reminded me of this crossword clue from earlier this year (spoilers in article). I didn't register for Lollapuzzoola today, so I had the time to quickly construct it. This puzzle should be fairly easy; the fun is in the gimmick rather than the fill, though hopefully there's some fun stuff there, too. Consider this a post-Lolla "treat", if you will.

In other news, I had a guest puzzle on Christopher Adams' blog yesterday! Dipping my toe into the low word count game with a 60-worder. Don't usually do that sort of thing, but I'm happy with how it turned out, so check it out. Also, thank you to Chris for solving it on stream!!

New puzzle soon!

Monday, August 10, 2020

puzzle #29 & #30: fifteens dump

puzzle 29: themeless twenty-three - notnotsidsgrids.com

puzzle 30: themeless twenty-four - keeping productive
PDF PUZ Solution

Two puzzles today! A collective 142 words and 9(!!) 15-letter entries. It's a fifteens dump!! (Currently trying to work on a better name, suggestions are greatly appreciated lol.) I've been focusing recently on finding ways to use more 15-letter entries in my puzzles and these puzzles are the result of that.

Reminder that the Luckystreak Puzzle Pack will continue to be available if you donate to a BLM/COVID-19 relief charity and send proof over to luckyxwords@gmail.com. Get it if you haven't, at least for the 21x themeless.

Enjoy! New puzzles soon.