That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for crosswords. Welcome to my new puzzle site – I’m posting a new puzzle here every Friday. You see those two buttons at the top of the post? Click one to download the puzzle. For more on the file formats (and much much more), check out the FAQ. If you’re not a regular puzzle solver, don’t be completely thrown by the “easy” category for this puzzle; it might still be hard for you. If this is the case, I recommend using the .puz file because you can easily configure it to check your answers as you go. (That’s right – you can solve from the comfort of your computer without printing, if you like.) NB: Matt Gaffney has informed me that if you’re in Firefox, you should probably click “save” instead of “open” if you’re getting the .puz file… unless you like random ASCII characters. You can also select Across Lite as the program to open with, but that can be tricky.
This puzzle’s the first one here, so I tried to make it pretty straightforward – don’t want to scare anyone off just yet. But just because I think it’s easy doesn’t mean it is – so please take my categorization with a grain of salt. Harder puzzles are ready to run here in the coming weeks; you’ve been warned. I thought this would be a nice first puzzle; hopefully you caught on to the theme quickly. Your thoughts? Feel free to spoil anything you want in the comments. I look forward to reading what you’ve got to say so that I can write better and better puzzles. (But go easy on me – it’s not just this site’s birthday. It’s my birthday, too!) Plus, there’s a star rating system at the bottom of this post. Go ahead and judge away down there.
I hope you’ll come back each Friday for a new puzzle. In the mean time, check out some of the indie puzzles I’ve linked to in the sidebar on the right. Each of those fellows have had a hand in inspiring this site in one way or another, so give ‘em a click when you’ve got a minute to spare. And if you want a reminder to come back each week, you can follow me on Twitter or like this site on Facebook. Or you can write it on your calendar, just like I do. Click here for the puzzle’s solution – thanks, Jeanie! You’ll see the button layout at the top now has a solution button.