Meta: Heads of State (#70)



Hey everyone, and welcome to Week 70! This week’s cover photo is dedicated to the Indie 500, and I hope you’ll come say hello during the event. However, do plan to catch me early. Due to flights, you probably won’t be able to catch me after the event is over. But, I plan on being there early to help out organizing committee move tables or whatever. Indie people have to stick together, amirite?

But hey, since this week’s puzzle ends with a 5 or 0, it’s time for a meta.

For this fourteenth meta of the blog titled “Heads of State”, I’m looking for the appropriate US State. When you think you have it, email me at cking.gow(at) with your answer. I’ll accept answers all the way to midnight ET Saturday, June 4th. That’s right, I’m accepting answers even after the Indie 500, in case someone learns about this meta’s existence at the event itself. Hi there, newcomer/returner! I do hope you stick around for more fun!

Oh, and since the Indie 500’s theme is prom, I have a question to ask for the group:

Over/Under – Number of tuxedos worn to the Indie 500 (not including any worn by the organizers) = 4

Feel free to submit your guess along with your meta answer.

Thanks everyone, and I hope to see you in DC this weekend! I’ll be the one wearing a Gamecock hat.



One Day Puzzle Delay

Didn’t get to clue the puzzle for the Sunday noon deadline. This Friday and Saturday has been booked pretty full as I’ve been participating in BioBlitz, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. The grid is filled, just not the clues. Expect a puzzle noon Monday.

And in a roundup of various links:
-Time’s running out to register for The Indie 500. It’s going to be great.
-I’m getting closer to my 100th post at Five Course Trivia. If food is your bread and butter, feel free to check it out.
-Congrats to friend-of-the-show Erik Agard for his 200th puzzle (but what he doesn’t realize is that he had a couple of “half” puzzles back in the day, so he might already be at 201 or 202).
-I’m currently working on getting a fourth interview for the X-word Files series. Wish me luck!

New puzzle tomorrow!


Themeless Fourteen (#68)



Hey everyone, and welcome back to Week 68! The last few weeks have been crazy for me, with finals wrapping up, and the transition to my new apartment. But I am now settled in my new place, and I plan to produce new puzzles all summer long!

I return to the blog with a themeless, and I hope you enjoy it. Lots of fun phrases, some making their puzzle debuts, plenty of tricky cluing, but still just enough of “Chris King wrote this puzzle” flair for all.

Also, everyone should go ahead and register for the Indie 500! I’ve already registered, and I hope I’ll see you there as well in a few weeks. It’s going to be great, and they’re going to have pie! I’m sure we all thought it was fun when Eric Maddy, Amy Reynaldo, and joon pahk all raced to finish the final puzzle first, but it might have been more fun if it was a pie eating contest! Thus, another note goes to the organizing committee, and we are one step closer to the baddest ass tournament of all time.

Enjoy the puzzle, and do feel free to share it. No pressure.

Thanks, and see you next week!