Thursday, August 26, 2021

#30: It's No Paddington 2 (Themeless #13)


difficulty: middle-of-the-road

You know, I figured I'd take a stab at making a gentle puzzle for once. This one turned out to be pretty topical. Thanks to Norah and Frisco for testing and confirming this is less tricky than normal.

Lots of exciting stuff happening in terms of me and crosswords. I was working the help line at Lollapuzzoola last weekend (alongside the lovely Jaime Stearns), so I got to watch 300 people beg for help on Brooke Husic's beautiful Puzzle 4 in real time. On top of that, I've been busy on other indie venues - last week I did a guest puzzle on Tim Croce's blog *and* a bonus puzzle for AVCX subscribers that sort of functions as a sequel to last month's "Go the F to Sleep." And I have an Atlantic puzzle dropping this Sunday. All very cool.

Anyway, enjoy the puzzle; share it if you like it. Applet under the cut.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

#29: I Studied Philosophy for Four Years and All I Got Was This Lousy Crossword


easy... maybe

No, I'm not bitter that I didn't major in comp sci, what gave you that impression? Jack the difficulty rating on this one up to "medium" if you can't tell Plato from Play-doh. Actually, even if you took Philosophy 101, or just watched The Good Place, one of these entries might still be a headscratcher (but is totally worth reading up on after you finish, imo). Anyway, probably going to do a themeless next week because I have some hyper-current seed entries I want to burn; hope this puzzle is a nice reprieve from that. Anyway, enjoy the puzzle. Applet under the cut.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Guest Puzzle: In a Word by Robin Yu

difficulty: terse

I've taken most of July off to reap the fruits of Hot Vax Summer and/or celebrate my birthday - sorry for not saying this back on the 1st - but we'll be back to regular puzzles next week with a relatively easy themed puzzle. In the interim, we've got a guest puzzle from Robin Yu. If you're on the "Crosscord" - and why are you not, if you have a Discord account and like puzzles? - you might have seen a version of this puzzle on there, but it slipped under the radar. Undeservedly so, because it's one of my favorite puzzles of 2021 so far. (More on that a little later.) So with Robin's permission, and with some pretty minor editing, his puzzle is now getting the full audience it deserves.

Applet under the cut - enjoy.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

#28: Go the F to Sleep


This puzzle has some distinctly 18+ stuff in it.
If you're underage or squeamish about sex,
no judgment - but you might want to sit this one out.

difficulty: hard

Hello to the new solvers linked here by Crucinova! You picked a not-so-great time to come on over. For the uninitiated, Crucinova is a new crossword subscription service that launched literally a few minutes ago, and the first puzzle they've posted is a themeless by yours truly. If you, the Crucinova solver, are looking for another interesting themeless in that vein, you might want to check out one of the other themelesses on this blog before you tackle this one.

Anyway, this puzzle is a bit raunchier than the normal QVXwordz fare, enough so that I put an NSFW warning on it. I'm sure you'll agree it's very good, though. Applet under the cut; enjoy.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Guest Puzzle: Tribute Demi by Tyler Hinman & Brooke Husic

difficulty: it's brooke and tyler, what do you think?

In lieu of your weekly quote of QVX-stacy, please enjoy this offering from two colossi of crossworld: Tyler Hinman, who you may know from his Twitch streams and/or epic ACPT victory this year, and Brooke Husic, who you may know from her xwords by a. ladee site and/or Boswords championship puzzle last spring. (Oh, and Will Nediger test-solved it - just another indicant of this puzzle's pedigree.) When you're done with the puzzle, you can check out the song being referenced here.

I have a pair of puzzles coming out next month for puzzle subscription services, incidentally, so keep your eyes peeled for those. See you next week. Applet under the cut; enjoy.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

#27: 6 + 13 (Themeless #12)


difficulty: hard (Saturday)

God bless Adam Aaronson, who has made not one but two Steely Dan themed puzzles, and inspired at least two imitators - you can blame him for the sort of goofy seed entry here. You'll know it when you fill it in and go "ugh." I'll leave it to him to determine whether this qualifies as a "Grid Charlemagne."

If you're sick of my BS, good news: there'll be a Very Special Guest Puzzle on the blog next week courtesy of two crossworld luminaries, so look out for that. Speaking of two crossworld luminaries, shout-out to my test solvers this week, who made this puzzle less tortured in spots.

That's it, I guess - applet under the cut. Enjoy.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Guest Puzzle: Too Young to Die, Too Old to Eat Off the Kids' Menu (by Will Eisenberg)


difficulty: medium?

Guest puzzle this week by Will Eisenberg, a lovely guy whose interests - sports, food, classical music, etc. - could not be more diametrically opposed to mine! But the "theme" of this puzzle is a shared love of both of ours. Or a shared lust, in my case. Hrnnng.

Anyway, I took last week off because I had not one, but TWO themeless puzzles in other outlets and didn't want to detract from those. One was the American Values Club Crossword, where I did a themeless in collaboration with the Biz Quig himself; the other was the Newsday Themeless Saturday puzzle, which I did in collaboration with frequent QV collaborator Matthew Stock. Check em both out. But not before you do Will's puzzle under the cut! Hope you like it.