The Chronicle of Higher Education crossword has the week off.
Once again, the Fireball crossword is a contest. The review will be posted once the contest deadline has passed.
Erik Agard is one of my favorite crossword creators. He posts puzzles on a regularish basis (more on that later) at Glutton for Pun. He is also fantastic on Crossword Twitter (which is regular twitter, but when you only talk with other solvers about the crossword) and in the comments section of this website. I’m pretty sure all of these things are what the 🔥🔥🔥 emojis were made for, because his comments, tweets, and crosswords are straight fire.
I set out to ask Erik the standard cruciverbalism questions in a quick GChat, but we got distracted talking about the Eurovision Song Contest AND I realized while we were chatting that he’s answered a lot of those standard questions (what made you start constructing, how do you get your ideas, what’s your favorite clue/fill/etc.) already in various other places, including the first episode of the On The Grid podcast (which you should totally listen to). So while you do that (don’t worry, I’ll wait for you to finish), I’ll talk about why Erik’s puzzles are worth adding to your regular puzzle rotation (you totally have one of those, right? It’s not just me?)
Okay, so now that you’ve done that:
Erik’s puzzles used to appear regularly on Wednesdays, but now have a more intermittent schedule that makes them seem to arrive just when you need them. I’d recommend either signing up for his email list or adding his page to your RSS reader (if you’re still doing that) to make sure you don’t miss a single one. All of his Glutton for Pun puzzles are free, and if those aren’t enough for you, his published collection Food for Thought Crosswords, is a great addition to your collection.
If that’s somehow not enough, he’s also one of the constructing forces behind The Indie 500 crossword tournament, which takes place IN DC on June 3 and which you should totally check out if you want to test your mettle. It’s the only crossword tournament where you get to choose your entrance music and wrestling ring name as part of signing up, and it’s a blast.
Okay, I think I’ve run on enough on why Erik and his puzzles are so awesome. Check them out – happy solving!