Frequent commenter Tuning Spork (not his real name) just posted a new puzzle called “Roundabout” to the Island of Lost Puzzles. This 19×19 puzzle makes good use of several technical advantages that the .jpz crossword file format offers:
- Rebus entries are not limited to 4 letters.
- Square numbering can deviate from what .puz files can handle (there’s a number in the central square despite there being no black square above or to the left of it).
- Diagonal clues are labeled as, for example, 110NE and 65NE, and included in the clue list. (In Across Lite, diagonal clues are wedged into the Notepad.)
- Customized message to solvers in lieu of a generic “happy pencil” message.
You’ll need Puzzle Solver to open roundabout.jpz. You can download it free here.
Special thanks to Will Johnston for helping Spork to turn his vision into an actual crossword puzzle we can solve on screen but offline.
Tuning Spork has launched the first volley. Now we turn to the other creative geniuses in the crossword business: What can you do with the .jpz format that .puz never allowed you to do? What new ways can you bend our brains? How will you surprise and delight us with never-before-seen twists on the crossword concept?