Last week I promised you a bonus – here it is! I’ve written today’s Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle. Give it a solve, will ya? (PDF, PUZ) I did a little interview with C.C. Burnikel (an awesome constructor in her own right!) over at her site, Crossword Corner, where she and a dedicated team discuss each day’s LAT puzzle. Go for the interview, stay for the cruciverbal discussion.
This puzzle may be on the lighter side compared to my usual fare on the site. I’m tentatively putting it in a new difficulty class that I’m calling straightforward; we’ll see if I’ve judged this one correctly!
One more note: my friend Parker Lewis (no, not that one) tells me that there’s a new Puzzazz app for recent versions of Apple iThings. I wish I could try it myself, but I got my iPod when I was a freshman in college, so it just plays music. (The nerve!) But if you’ve got one of those “wheel-less iPods,” an “Apple phone” or an “Internet pad,” give it a go! The free app comes with some puzzles, but the idea works like a bookstore – you can buy packs of crosswords (and other puzzles) from particular constructors, like Parker, Victor Fleming, Ian Livengood and of course the inimitable Brendan Emmett Quigley. With names like those attached to the project, I know they’ve got to be doing quality work. They’ve got both your standard crosswords as well as cryptics. Most attractive is their patented “write the letter on the screen with your finger because keyboards are so 2008″ system for solving. (They call it “TouchWrite,” but I’m kind of partial to my name.) There you have it – shameless plug for the new Puzzazz app, over and out.