Puzzle #89 – Cryptic #3 (and an announcement)

Time for another cryptic crossword. If you’re not familiar with cryptics, check out this guide to get yourself started. And if you’ve not solved one of my cryptics before, be on the lookout for plenty of anagrams as well as longer than normal and awkwardly phrased clues. I’m still working on writing super-smooth cryptics. Thanks for your patience.

Do you know someone who enjoys both crosswords and beverages of the hot variety? I bet you do. Here’s a gift idea: a mug with a crossword grid on it! Each month, they’re releasing a new set of clues that lines up with the mug’s grid at crosswordmug.com. It’s not up just yet, but I wrote the upcoming puzzle for April. No foolin’!

Announcement: My puzzles are going on a little hiatus, effective immediately. If you’d like to be updated when new puzzles return, click the “subscribe via email” button in the sidebar on the right. Alternatively, you can follow me on Facebook for a note when crosswords are back. (No other fluff from me, I promise!) It’ll be at least a few weeks before we’re back. In the mean time, I’m leaving all of the puzzles up here (including the bonus and guest puzzles), so feel free to browse the archives. And if that’s not enough for you, check out the list of indie puzzles in the sidebar. There’s some good stuff in there.

Peace, love & crosswords,

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Puzzle #88 – College Humor

It’s March Madness! If you’re like me, you’ve already blown your shot at the billion dollar bracket. (Thanks, Harvard.) But you can make up for it by solving today’s puzzle. The grand prize: all of the bragging rights. (Warren Buffett’s got nothing on me.)

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Puzzle #87 – Plenty of Pi to Go Around

Happy Pi Day, everyone! (You know, March 14 = 3/14…) I’m sure you can take this puzzle down whether you’ve got math skills or not. Mind the limp fill; you’ll figure out why it’s a little bland this time around.

Serious congratulations go out to Dan Feyer, who took his fifth(!) straight ACPT title this past weekend. Now it’s just a question of who will win the next five ACPTs. That’s how it works, right?

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