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PUZZLE: Unthemely #91

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Sheesh, it’s been a long time since I worked on a crossword puzzle. To give you an idea of how long this themeless grid has been sitting on my desktop, the original seed entry at 1-Across was the hip, trending term POKESTOP. The seed, along with a majority of the grid’s top half, was replaced due to a partial dupe discovered after the first fill attempt.

Michael Sharp’s crossword-themed podcast  On the Grid, which has apparently and unfortunately petered out after a single episode (ETA: Lena Webb reports, in the comments, that a new On the Grid episode will soon be posted.), included a discussion on terms with an E- (for electronic) prefix, such as EMAIL, EZINE, EFILE, and ECIG. Michael asked guests which of these terms are still in common use and which are passe, and should therefore be removed from crossword fill consideration. I thought about that discussion when cluing 44-Across. The entry has a few approaches and the one I chose seems to have rapidly declining relevance among younger generations.

On the topic of blogs and podcasts, I’ve added Dan Katz’s blog Puzzlevaria to my links list. Dan’s posts focus on long-form puzzle periodicals and events such as P&A Magazine and MIT Mystery Hunt. The blogosphere boasts numerous analysis and review sites for crossword puzzles, and I’m glad that a similar site has now been created for hunt puzzles.

Finally, I want to plug a new puzzle book by friend and occasional LaaP commenter Roger Barkan. Colossal Cave Collection, published by Grandmaster Puzzles, is a book of Cave puzzles. Jeffrey Schwartz describes this abstract logic puzzle type as “Paint by Numbers on steroids.” The page linked above includes a free donwloadable sampler. I’m still getting my sea legs with this puzzle type but I did manage to solve the first puzzle using a hint, indexed in the back of the book, and a fair amount of erasing.

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6 thoughts on “PUZZLE: Unthemely #91

  1. Aw, thanks for the mention! Finished a Caves puzzle won’t result in a picture of something familiar, of course, but I find that some of the techniques I learned when I first started solving Paint by Numbers puzzles do apply somewhat to Caves puzzles.

  2. Good choice not to use “Online version of an Egyptian god” at 57A; which is not much worse than some of the uglier of those I’ve seen (EMAG, ETEXT, I’m looking at you).

    Thanks for the plug!

  3. We’ve got episode 2 of On The Grid recorded and almost ready to go. I do the sound editing in addition to co-hosting, so it’s stuck with me for now. I’m so happy to hear it came to mind!

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