Meta: Mark My Words (#25)

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Week 25! If this was a TV show, that means we probably would have finished Season 1 about now. I guess this week is sweeps.

Since 25 ends with 5 or 0, it’s time for a meta puzzle.

For this fifth meta of the blog, I’m looking for a well-known website. When you think you have it, email me at cking.gow(at)gmail.com with your answer. I’ll accept answers all the way to noon ET on Saturday.

Notes:

1) Good luck / congratulations to all of those at ACPT this weekend. I was not able to go, but I sincerely hope that Stamford will be a destination for next year.

2) I would like to thank Matt Gaffney for including this puzzle’s URL directly into MGWCC #355. That Friday morning, I was able to respond to his email about how I was the weekly winner that week. You can read the correspondence below.

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And just like that, he was able to include this site as the INTERNET ADDRESS for that meta. When I was solving the puzzle, I first thought that Matt had somehow created a macro that would read out a website you had open at the time! I was just blown away by Chriswords making a MGWCC! Thank you Matt for including me in your puzzle, and thank you new visitors for coming to my mom-and-pop site. I hope you’ll enjoy the future puzzles this internet address has to offer.

3) Thanks to Erik Agard for the clue at 31-Across. I was finally able to redeem my free “clue exchange” gift after the big crossword he had last December.

Enjoy!

Chris

Double Cross (#24)

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Welcome everyone to Week 24! Some of you may be visiting the website for the very first time, and I’d like to give you a hearty welcome to Chriswords. There’s new puzzles every week, and I’m sure you’ll learn something along the way.

This week’s puzzle is a fun one I liked putting together. This puzzle marks my first non-15×15, and I think the theme of this puzzle will be well received by you, the puzzling community. Let me know what you think.

For you first-timers to the blog, I hope you’ll come back for next week. I run a metapuzzle every fifth week, which means next week will be a meta! And that’s partly why you are here! What a coincidence. I just hope I can solve #355 by Tuesday. That’d be embarrassing, wouldn’t it?

If this blog post seems cryptic, it’ll be better explained next week.

Solve well, and be not led astray by words intended to deceive.

Enjoy!

Chris

Themeless Five (#23)

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Welcome to the 23rd edition of Chris Words, and I hope all of you celebrated a wonderful Pi Day. As a math major, I try to spread Pi Day cheer for all to hear. I also celebrate February 71st as “E Day”, but that one doesn’t get as much international attention.

Themeless puzzle today, hope you enjoy. I’m coming off the end of a spring break, so I didn’t get around to that USCPH wrap up text. I’ve been trying to relax over the spring break, so I haven’t even really bothered looking at the emails I’ve gotten about the Hunt. Slack, I know, but it is spring break. Let’s just pretend I went to an exotic locale that didn’t have Internet. I went to my home in rural South Carolina, and it didn’t really have Internet either for about 3 days. Sometimes you’re thankful for campus wifi.

Happy Pi Day / Ides of March / St. Patrick’s Day / First Day of Spring everyone!

Chris

Pretty as a Picture (#22)

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I don’t know about you, but we’ve reach 22.

I know I promised a recap of the USC Puzzle Hunt 2015 for this post, but that’ll wait until next week. Thankfully enough, this week is Spring Break! No exciting destinations for me. I’m back home in the house I grew up in, and won’t be worrying about customs or international waters or whether or not pushes at the blackjack tables let me get me money back.

This week is all about sleeping and enjoying time off. I hope to excel at it.

Also, this puzzle was partially inspired by a message board post on the Learned League. After a trivia question about weapons in the board game clue (which I referred to in Puzzle #17), one of the fellow members of LL thanked me in a post he wrote. You can see his initial post, my response, and then his response below:

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Let’s hope that this puzzle can take you a little bit closer. I’m sure we’ll touch on the other subject soon enough.

Enjoy!

Chris

House of Cards (#21)

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Welcome to Week 21! It’s hard to believe that I’m approaching the six month anniversary for this blog. Time to go buy a present.

As a voting member of South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District, I am mighty proud of my once-Representative Frank Underwood, whose documentary was further installed on Netflix this weekend.

Anyway, enjoy the puzzle! Next week will be a new puzzle, and a recap of the project that is the USC Puzzle Hunt (I’ve probably mentioned it on this site before).

Chris