June 13, 2010
Come and Solve It
Hey, my Sunday crossword is out! If you're a Times crossword subscriber, you can grab it here. Also up is a short interview with me about the puzzle on the Times's Wordplay blog; it's filled with spoilers about the answer and the theme gimmick, so don't read it if you plan to solve the puzzle and haven't yet. However, if either half of that caveat doesn't apply to you, well then, please read freely!
Posted by Francis at 12:23 AM
Congrats on your 6/13/10 NYTimes puzzle. I can't remember when I've done a harder or more clever one.
LOVED the puzzle! One of the most fun and satisfying I've done in a while. Ingenious.
Wonderful puzzle today! I loved finding each layer of the gimmick. It had the multiple aha moments that every great puzzle has. It more than makes up for that puzzle you posted a couple of weeks ago.:-)
Masterful work, LB. Once I clued in on the gimmick, I had to print out a clean copy since my magazine was pretty much trashed. Tough but fair and with an amazing payoff.
Interview in the NY Times. Not too shabby.
I've done many a crossword in my life and you had me for a bit - absolutely brilliant concept! Really enjoyed it and looking forward to the next one.
Indeed, a very nice puzzle; I saw the flag clues and thought, "Well, gee, that's an awfully boring theme, especially for Francis", and sure enough, the theme was much, much more interesting.
And: "Also, if Patrick Berry wrote it, probably it’s an awesome puzzle"--so true, so true.
Had kind of an adventure getting a copy (see link), but it was well worth it. Nice job!
You've taken CWPs to a whole new level! Thank you!