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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Sudden Impact

· Published 6 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 7 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.
Here's a link to the soluti...

The Fourth of July

· Published 7 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 8 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...

Tally Who?

· Published 8 months ago

Hint: The original title for this puzzle was "Tally-Ho!"- the traditional huntsman's cry when the quarry has been sighted.
Hint: After you've found all (7) of the hunted critters, look for alternate clues that fit the new words/phrases that are formed

Celebrity Hound

· Published 9 months ago

Hint: The famous person is a male actor.
Hint: There are 5 hints for the actor's first name and 5 hints for the actor's last name in the grid and the title.
Hint: When I say I hope this puzzle doesn't drive you crazy, that's also a hint.
Hint: 20-Down i...

A Farewell to R's

· Published 10 months ago

Hint: Everyone understands we're talking about the Boston accent, right?
Hint: The 7 grid entries to which you need to apply the Boston accent actually make up a familiar quote.
Hint: Notice anything about the "clues" associated with the 7 words that m...

"Hold My Beer"

· Published 10 months ago

Hint: The brewing company's slogan appears in the clues.
Hint: You've seen the "big picture" by "connecting the dots" and "drawing a beer" (i.e. pilsner glass). Now focus solely on the items that make up the drawing.
Hint: More specifically, focus on t...

Seascapes Down Under

· Published 11 months ago

Hint: Start by identifying the shorter words that appear "Down Under" the C's in the grid (what I keep referring to as "sea legs").
Hint: Look for other clues that also fit the shorter words.
Hint: The first letters of the shorter words spell the first...

Warren Piece

· Published 11 months ago

Hint: Usually solvers will want to avoid rabbit holes, but for this puzzle they should seek them out.
Hint: Once you've found all the rabbits with "holes" in their names, look for alternate clues that fit these names.
Hint: The first letters of the ans...

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