Hi all! The original version of this puzzle didn’t have the poem below as instructions, but my tester was unable to solve that version. I’m pretty confident that now it’s safely in the easy-medium camp. Send your meta-answer, if you wish, to janglernpl at [Oasis member's first name and last initial, reversed] dot com. No prize, just bragging rights.
To solve this meta, if you choose,
First locate six distinctive clues.
Their answers, changed in certain ways,
Will lead you to a fitting phrase.
Terse Verse PUZ
Hello all! An Onion-ish theme today. Tuesday/Wednesday difficulty, but a bit more pop-culture-heavy than usual.
Themed Crossword 13 Fool Me Four Times PUZ ZIP
A 15×16 Thursday-ish difficulty one today. The last theme entry is not for the faint of heart. Thanks to Todd McClary for the title, though I don’t know if he’d have given it to me if he knew about the last entry.
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Themed Crossword: Bleating Hearts PUZ ZIP
In celebration of my 27th birthday today, I am posting a Marching Bands puzzle with 27 total Bands words (which can be referred to as the “Turning 27″, nyuk nyuk). If you are unfamiliar with how Marching Bands puzzles, hop on over to this post from Eric Berlin’s blog: http://blog.puzzlenation.com/2012/08/21/a-look-at-variety-crosswords-march/ for a detailed explanation as well as a sample puzzle
Marching Bands #1: Turning 27 PDF
Written by request. The instructions are purposefully oblique. May be too easy or too hard; I don’t have much experience with variety non-crosswords, and I’m glad to get more opportunities to try and branch out.
Cryptic Word Search PDF
Today’s puzzle is a themeless; I will be headed to Portland, Oregon on Wednesday for the awesome annual National Puzzlers’ League convention, but I wanted to get another puzzle up before then. Enjoy!
Themeless #2 PUZ ZIP
Not sure why I have so much puzzle-making energy at the moment, but no sense letting it go to waste!
Themed Crossword 11 Palace’s Restaurant PUZ ZIP
Greetings all! Today’s puzzle is a block-style cryptic crossword.
Block Cryptic #2 PUZ ZIP
Hello all! The next puzzle will probably be a block-style cryptic, but while I work on the clues for that, here’s an 11×13 mini-themed puzzle a la Matt Gaffney’s daily (I’m still amazed he makes enough puzzles to post one every weekday), but with tougher clues.
Representative Government PUZ ZIP
Welp, it’s official, tomorrow my book will be in print! Many thanks to Mike Sylvia, who provided the theme for the puzzle on page 51 (at least, I think it’s on page 51, I don’t have a copy of the book handy; in any case, it’s the puzzle where 3-Down is a Muppet’s first name). You can pick up a copy from Barnes & Noble or Amazon online, or purchase it from a local bookstore, should you so desire. It consists of 42 10×10 crosswords, usually with a pair of main thematic entries, and jam-packed with extra pop-music entries and clues throughout. This post’s puzzle features one of the spare themes I didn’t end up using for the book; it’s a pretty good representation of what you can expect from the book, so if you like this puzzle, you’ll probably like the book.
Hope you like the puzzle! (Edit: Gosh dang it, 12-Across is incorrect…I knew it in the back of my mind, too)
Avenue Heard PUZ ZIP