Sunday, October 29, 2023
Sunday, October 22, 2023
I hope you enjoyed last week's crushword. Like I said last week, I constructed this one a little differently than the ones I've made for the Freebie in the past; this time around, I took some inspiration from PennyPress's Double Troubles, in which the words are typically split into their digraphs and trigraphs -- common letter combinations such as -CK-, -SH-, and -ANT-. To maximize fill possibilities, I aimed to avoid uncommon clusters of letters going into one box. With this strategy, no part of the fill felt forced.
Onto this week's offerings:
This week's crossword is diagramless. For the symmetry type and 1-Across placement, highlight the text after this colon: Symmetry is rotational. 1-Across starts in row one, column seven.
Enjoy! I have a real treat (no trick) for you next Monday. Be sure to drop in. --H.A.
Sunday, October 15, 2023
Guess who's back. Back again. Guess who's back. Tell a friend.
Hallowe'en's coming up, so I made a Hallowe''en-themed logic problem. Should be fairly easy. At least my Math Ph.D. friend thought it was.
This week's crossword variant goes by several names. PennyPress calls it Double Trouble, Dell calls it Triplex, and Kappa calls it One, Two, Three. You know the one I'm talking about. I'm going to call it a crushword, since that seems to be the title that the New York Times goes with (although in their version, the boxes can have more than three letters).
I've made crushwords for the Freebie before, but this week's is one that I truly enjoyed constructing. In fact, it's half the reason I decided to pick the Freebie back up. In most of my older crushwords, some of the entries felt a bit forced. In this one, everything flowed very smoothly. Next week I may go into detail about the construction process -- what I did differently for this grid compared to the others.
But anyway, onto the puzzles. NOTE: The cover puzzle involves a color motif, but can be solved in black and white.
See you next week. --H.A.