Thursday, April 8, 2021

#22: Evaneference (Themeless #9)


Holy fucking shit, Evanescence are playing Donkey Konga for the Nintendo GameCube!

difficulty: very hard (Saturday)

Been a while since one of these themelesses came out. This one is kind of a spiritual successor to Themeless 6 in that there's a bunch of long propers scattered throughout the grid, but it's a tad easier than that one. Still really hard, particularly if you don't remember the '90s, or if you're unaware of the hottest New Yorker since Lucas "Uses Venmo" Chi. (Don't click those links until after you've solved the puzzle, LOL.)

Thank you to Norah Sharpe and Brendan Quigley for playtesting this bad boy. (Yes, THAT Brendan Quigley. I know, how cool, right?) Applet under the cut; enjoy.

Friday, April 2, 2021

#21: 21


difficulty: medium-hard (Thursday?)

No April Fools puzzle for 4/1,* but hey, it's 4/3/21, and look, it's puzzle #21, and it's titled 21, and the theme has something to do with the numbers 2 and 1, and there are two (2) dupes in one (1) of the entries. All of which was completely intentional, f'sure, f'sure. Anyway, this theme wouldn't fly in any major outlet, but it's very cute, IMHO. And it's a pangram! Anyway, hope y'all digit (number joke). Applet under the cut.

*Although, with last week's Something Different and the most recent Monday Mini, this site has had plenty of April Foolery for 2021.