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Cryptic 9x9 #0

· Published about 2 months ago

My first 9x9! It's a different kind of challenge cluing these longer words and I don't think I've quite got the knack of it yet. Like my other "#0" grids, it's a bit of a practice run.
7x7

Cryptic 7x7 #4

· Published 2 months ago

I've gone back and added blog posts to all of my old puzzles, and this is the most recent. This puzzle missed the front page, which means it's had sadly few solve attempts, and zero unclued completions. Will you be first?
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Cryptic 7x7 #3

· Published 2 months ago

Sometimes, the clues just don't come easy at all. This was one of those tmes; I nearly gave up. 6A in particular gave me a bellyache, for some reason.
7x7

Cryptic 7x7 #2

◆◆ · Published 2 months ago

Sometimes, clues just seem to fall nicely into place. This was one of those times.
7x7

Cryptic 7x7 #1

◆◆ · Published 2 months ago

Some very intentional grid-filling here in order to put a lot of tuber-references into the clues. This was in (pitiful) homage to the Guardian's mighty Boatman.
5x5

Cryptic 5x5 #5

· Published 2 months ago

My first puzzle in months, and actually making it prompted me to start work on larger grids. Three of the across clues use some kind of repetition to mislead; that's, er, too repetitive, I guess.
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Cryptic 5x5 #4

· Published 6 months ago

Poor, sad, unloved Cryptic 5x5 #4! Only 3 persons attempted you, and all 3 bailed out in under a minute. Will you show this lonely-but-lovely little puzzle the attention it deserves?
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Cryptic 5x5 #3

· Published 6 months ago

This one's got the sad distinction of being "worst completion % w/o check/reveal" - as I write this, only 17% of solvers managed without hints. Can you shift the stat?
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Cryptic 5x5 #2

· Published 6 months ago

I can see what I'm aiming at with 5A, but it's clumsy stuff and I should have scrapped it. "Murder your darlings," as they say. Otherwise, hmm, I like 2D but I'm a sucker for the "repetitions that must be parsed differently" gag. To my mind this i...
7x7

Cryptic 7x7 #0

· Published 6 months ago

My first 7x7, and it nearly has a seasonal theme... I like the "quintessential flop" part of 6A, and 1D's quite fun, but 4A and 3D feel a little underdone, and, well, as for 5A, the least said the better. I can only apologise.

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