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So, two things: 1. I'm in for one rough spring semester. 2. While I'm trying to come up with new themes, I hope to put out some themeless crosswords in between. The thing about themelesses, however, is that you need to use as few black squares as possible. And doing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at RYAN'S PUZZLES
PDF version (solution is on the second page) Across Lite version Back when I did most of my constructing on paper, I would start with a word or two, and then try to work out from there which empty boxes needed consonants and which needed vowels. Say for example that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2018 at RYAN'S PUZZLES
ELLA Fitzgerald - "Miss OTIS Regrets". I see what you did there Mr. Quigley.
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PDF version Across Lite version This puzzle is an overhaul on a theme I did for New Year's 2017. The theme answers are the same as they were then; only the "filling" has changed. So, you know, spoiler alert, if you want to see what the 2017 grid looked like.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2018 at RYAN'S PUZZLES
Some comments about today's crossword (SPOILERS! Contains information about the solution): This puzzle is dedicated to a very close friend of mine whose birthday is today. If you look closely at the answer, you’ll notice that the letters that run diagonally across the puzzle, from top left to bottom right,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2017 at RYAN'S PUZZLES
Some afterthoughts about this puzzle: I don't think I did a horrible job, but it was pretty much impossible to come up with tricky clues for some of the words, and looking back, I probably could have changed the grid fill to have some more "playful" vocabulary. If it's alright,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at RYAN'S PUZZLES
I could write volumes on the subject of hard crosswords, and I'll save most of my spiel for tomorrow. For today, let me just say this: Crosswords should be hard not because of their answers but because of their clues. A casual crossword solver won't be able to finish a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at RYAN'S PUZZLES
I like the idea of imparting a little bit of trivia into these puzzles, like with today's 11-Across, which is where I started constructing this puzzle. I was reading an old article about these types of trees and I thought to myself, "I bet that'd be a hard word to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at RYAN'S PUZZLES
Good morning! Here is a cute little bite-size crossword for you. I will have one posted every day this week, with each day harder than the day before it. This is mainly an excuse for me to work on my cluing. Enjoy! Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at RYAN'S PUZZLES
Hey there! Hope you all had a fantastic Easter weekend. I know I sure did. Here is this week's Monday crossword. For those of you who are not familiar with crossword jargon, "Monday" is synonymous with "easy". It's the beginning of the work week, and people need an easy crossword... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at RYAN'S PUZZLES
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