Cryptic: At Sixes and Sevens

Hi friends,

I’ve got a small variety cryptic for you today. Lately I’ve been enjoying some long-distance cryptic crossword solving with friends; we’ll both print out the puzzle and work it together while chatting. This can be a lot of fun, especially if you’re still getting used to cryptics. Maybe try that with this puzzle?

At Sixes and Sevens | Solution

Additionally, here are some recent puzzles of mine you might enjoy, especially if cryptics aren’t your thing:

  • The Universal syndicate crossword from Thursday, December 3, 2020 | PDF | PUZ
  • The New York Times crossword from Thursday, November 26, 2020 | Paywall
  • The MD-DC-VA Section of the Mathematical Association of America Fall 2020 newsletter | Full issue | PDF | Solution
  • Christopher Newport University Fall 2020 Voyages | Full issue | Interview | PDF | Solution


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Cryptic: Centerpiece

Inspired by all sorts of things (saying more might spoil the fun), I’ve put together a small barred cryptic crossword for your enjoyment. Because it’s barred, it is available in PDF only, but the grid is so tiny and simple that you should have no problem solving the puzzle on a piece of scrap paper.

Cryptic experts are invited to try using just the across clues … or just the down clues!

Centerpiece | Solution


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Another Quick Note


A new charity puzzle project, Grids for Good, launched tonight in support of COVID-19 relief and anti-hate groups. I encourage you to check out their site to learn more about how you can receive a set of 42 puzzles in exchange for a $10 donation to a worthy charity of your choice. Please strongly consider giving if you are able, and read the FAQ if you are not.

I’ve written a variety cryptic crossword exclusively for Grids for Good; if you enjoyed my Cryptic Triptych last year, then I think you’ll like this puzzle. I have not solved all of the other puzzles in the set yet, but based on those I have and the constructor names, this set is sure to delight for hours.


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