Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Belated Update

As many of you know, The Puzzle Society Crossword was folded into the Universal Crossword at the end of last year.  Since then I have been editing the Universal Crossword, which features seven daily 15x15 puzzles and one Sunday 21x21 puzzle each week and the same kinds of crosswords and constructors as appeared in The Puzzle Society Crossword.  The daily 15x15 puzzles appear online and in newspapers worldwide; at present, the Sunday 21x21 puzzle is a print-only feature.  Although there are no current plans to start up a blog similar to this one for the Universal Crossword, the puzzle is reviewed each day on Amy Reynaldo's Diary of a Crossword Fiend blog, and you can leave comments there.  Finally, if you haven't already tried solving the Universal Crossword, click here or on the icon at the top of the right-hand column—and enjoy!

Monday, December 31, 2018

Farewell . . . and New Beginnings

Yesterday's puzzle was the last in The Puzzle Society Crossword, and so this blog, like the year, is coming to an end.  I'll be posting an update here soon about what's next for me on the puzzle front, but in the meantime, thanks for solving the Puzzle Society crossword each day and stopping by the Crossword Crossing blog!  Here's to new beginnings and a happy 2019 to all!

Sunday, December 30, 2018

"Color Spectrum," by Zhouqin Burnikel

Constructor's Comments

When I first proposed this theme to David back in February, I had ONE LIFE TO LIVE for OLIVE, which fully contains OLIVE in the end.  He noticed immediately, of course.  And the title is his again.

Thank you, David, for patiently guiding me through all the Puzzle Society puzzles this year.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

"Cash Purchases," by Paul Coulter

Constructor's Comments

This started several years ago as a Sunday grid called "Heaven Cent."  It was puns on currency that no one wanted.  So it sat idle in my rejects file along with hundreds of others until David's call for submissions.  Then I reviewed them all, submitted some as is, and refreshed other theme ideas into something better.  I'm glad David liked this one and, as usual, that he was so helpful with improving it.  I hope solvers found it ". . . something completely different," as Monty Python liked to say.  SPLAT.  Oops, forgot about that giant foot.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

"Gross!" by Lynn Lempel

Constructor's Comments

I really can't think of much to say about this puzzle, it being a pretty common add-a-letter type.  However, I do hope the theme doesn't apply to your holiday season!  Here's to lots of good puzzling in 2019.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

"Triple Play," by Jim Leeds

Constructor's Comments

"Triple Play" is one of my favorite 15xs after 22 years of published puzzle construction.

Each of the five theme entries has two words.  The first word, a famous person's (name ending with a double letter), and the second word, beginning with that same letter, form recognizable but misspelled phrases.

For me, puzzle construction evolved from a skittish attempt into a passionate pursuit!

The joy of awakening to a publish date—the thought that that day, scores of folks, pen or pencil at the ready, will be poring over cogent clues, trying to solve what came from my brain, is . . . is . . . well, there's nothing quite like it.