Capn Rick



Hi, my name is Rick. I was born and raised in central Pennsylvania and graduated from Penn State back in the 80's. After grad school at UMass Amherst, I moved to Nahant, Massachusetts (smallest town in the state) and have been living here for the past 30+ years. I recently retired from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where I worked as a Systems Analyst and Project Manager for the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife.
My wife and I own a boat - a 26' Seaswirl Striper WA - and we fish recreationally and commercially for striped bass and bluefish in and around Boston Harbor. The fishbones avatar is also my boat logo, and "WI-FI" is short for "Wicked Fishah!" - my boat name. I'm thinking about getting a Captain's license someday and possibly running small fishing charters.
I've been doing crosswords for several years now, and I used to construct them for our (now defunct) town newsletter - "Nahant Harbor Review". The meta puzzles take crosswords to a whole new level, and I began constructing them in January 2022. So far I've been having a lot of fun with them.
Below are the metas that I've published to date:
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"It Takes Two"

· Published 15 days ago

Hint: Remember how good it felt to be reunited back in the 70s?
Hint: Six pairs of singing artists who've done a song together are "reunited" in the grid.
Hint: One of my pretesters and fellow constructors commented that "TUNA" was the obvious fill f...

Happy Haunting!

· Published 29 days ago

Hint: Gee, there's really only one Halloween-related clue in the puzzle - right there in the center.
Hint: But wait, 6 other grid entries can have their own GHOST "encounters".
Hint: Those 6 GHOST encounters form other words/phrases that can be alter...

Stay Tuned!

· Published about 2 months ago

Hint: I learned a long time ago that if you don't see anything in the grid, look elsewhere for hints to the meta.
Hint: Ever watch the Saturday morning cartoons when you were a kid?
Hint: Four "Looney Tunes" characters are hidden among the clues. T...

Echo Location

· Published 2 months ago

Hint: Think "echo" = "repeat', and look for entries that can be repeated.
Hint: Five symmetrically-placed grid entries can be "echoed".
Hint: When "echoed", the 5 entries fit other clues.
Hint: The first letters of those other clues' original answers...

Straight Outta Vegas

· Published 3 months ago

Hint: Vegas is a popular gambling mecca, but you should ignore the slots and the sports teams.
Hint: The clue and answer for 11-Down provide a couple of hints.
Hint: Sometimes the clues come in very handy when constructing (and solving) metas.
Hint: "Yo...

Read Between the Lines

· Published 3 months ago

Hint: The mystery novel was written by Agatha Christie.
Hint: Per the title, find some "lines" and read between them.
Hint: As an old sea captain, I can tie a good bowline.

Sudden Impact

· Published 3 months ago

Hint: My favorite action movies are "A Good Day to Die Hard" and "Terminator 2: Judgment Day".
Hint: Speaking of "DAY", isn't that Dirty Harry catchphrase from the movie "Sudden Impact"?
Hint: Five grid entries can be "suddenly impacted" by "DAY" to...

A Thorny Subject

· Published 5 months ago

Hint: The Gothic literary genre gets its name from Gothic architecture.
Hint: ^
Hint: 21D and 52D are hints.
Hint: An alternate title would be "A Thorne-y Subject".
Hint: 21A, 27A, and 55A pretty much spell out the answer.

The Fourth of July

· Published 5 months ago

Hint: Don't you just love it when people take things so literally - like the "Fourth of July" for instance?
Hint: Homophone: each of two or more words or symbols having the same pronunciation but different meanings or spelling, for example "why" and "...

You Can't Get There From Here

· Published 5 months ago

Hint: Boy, there sure are a lot of relatively obscure cities and towns in this grid!
Hint: And what's worse, those relatively obscure cities and towns cross each other! What's up with that???
Hint: Does anyone read Rex Parker's daily blog on the New Y...

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