Best Puzzles of 2016

Here are the highest rated contest and non-contest puzzles of 2016, as rated by visitors to this blog. Puzzles must have received a minimum of 10 individual ratings to be considered. Puzzles that received 15 or more ratings have had the highest and lowest ratings removed from their total. Fiend links are to the commentary on this site.

Non-Contest Puzzles
Venue/
Rank
Constructor/
Title
Commentary Overall rating
(#ratings)
Blindauer
1.
Patrick Blindauer
Final Monthly Website Puzzle
5 (12)

2.
Evan Birnholz
The Word is Out
4.88 (16)

3.
Frank Longo
Vwllss Crsswrd
4.85 (13)

4.
Andrew J. Ries
Ruby Slippers
4.75 (16)

5.
Byron Walden
A Little Back-and-Forth
4.58 (50)

6.
Alex Eaton-Salners
Ending with a Boom
4.57 (14)
BEQ
7.
Brendan Emmett Quigley
Drain the Swamp
4.56 (27)

8.
Brad Wilber & Samuel A. Donaldson
Themeless
4.56 (16)

9.
Paul Coulter
On Tilt
4.54 (24)

10.
Patrick Blindauer
Use as Directed
4.5 (21)
BEQ
11.
Brendan Emmett Quigley
Themeless
4.5 (16)

Contest Puzzles
Venue/
Rank
Constructor/
Title
Commentary Overall rating
(#ratings)

1.
Matt Gaffney
Across the Board
5 (61)

2.
Pete Muller
2015 Year-End Mega-Meta
5 (10)

3.
Matt Gaffney
Business Is Booming
4.86 (59)

4.
Francis Heaney
Getting Duped
4.83 (24)

5.
Matt Gaffney
Episode 399: The Force Awakens
4.82 (34)

6.
Pete Muller
Externalities
4.7 (15)

7.
Pete Muller
Prime Directive
4.68 (14)

8.
Matt Gaffney
Frequency Modulation
4.66 (34)

9.
Matt Gaffney
Titanic Effort
4.65 (34)

10.
Pete Muller
How Cryptic!
4.65 (23)

11.
Patrick Berry
Backdrops
4.61 (28)