Bonus puzzles!

I’m just catching up over at the forum and discovered a birthday puzzle by regular reader Tuning Spork! You don’t have to be me or have a mid-August birthday to appreciate the puzzle.

In the two weeks since His Sporkness posted that, several others have shared their work:

  • Joon Pahk posted his first newspaper-style constructing effort, “Making a Point,” at the Island of Lost Puzzles, too.
  • Anna Gundlach‘s “Paper Cuts” has a theme that’s right up my alley.
  • Gareth Bain posted a themeless puzzle that another audience found to be impossible, but it’s doable. Somewhere in the Friday-Saturday NYT range. There were definitely some answers I had to rely on the crossings for. (Oh, wait. This one’s not a new post, it just has a recent comment so it moved up the page.)

And just posted a moment ago is Caleb Madison‘s latest puzzle for the Directors Guild of America’s magazine DGA Quarterly, “Making Connections.” It’s a fresh sort of connectivity theme.

There’s also a new puzzle that’s not at the Crossword Fiend forum—Brad Wilber posted his second freebie themeless at his blog yesterday. You know how Games magazine has both easy and hard clue sets for the Ornery crossword? Brad offers both crunchy and smooth varieties. With the tough (crunchy) clues, the puzzle took me 6:49, so it hits the Saturday zone.

I know, I know. The onslaught of Sunday crosswords is upon us, and you’re out enjoying the final days of summer. But maybe you’re like me, just lounging around the house with a summer cold and looking for some more puzzles to occupy your time. Enjoy!

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6 Responses to Bonus puzzles!

  1. anna says:

    aw, thanks!

  2. joon says:

    ooh, a new wilber! though after the beating he gave me on yesterday’s stumper, maybe i’ll hold off on that one until i’ve had time to lick my wounds.

  3. Tuning Spork says:

    Amy, you silly. I told you at Lollapuzzula3 — when I wished you a happy birthday — to “look for something in the forum tomorrow”

    You did seem a little confused at the time, though. Perhaps, when I introduced myself, you thought I’d said, “D’ya needs pork?”. A strange question, indeed, had I asked it.

    But it was after lunch, and I guess your belly was full. ;-)

  4. Amy Reynaldo says:

    Spork, it was the curry. :-)

  5. Tuning Spork says:

    Ah! You must have went to Jackson’s diner.

    Their curry will do it to us every time.

  6. Amy Reynaldo says:

    Actually, it was at a Thai place, Arunee’s. Went to Jackson Diner after the pizza social but just had Indian beer since I was full. It’s a sin to go to an Indian restaurant when you’re already full.

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