Periodic Updates (#84)

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Hey everyone, and welcome to Week 84!

Today’s theme comes from well-known territory, but I think I’ve got a new twist I haven’t seen before. Kind of wonky grid, since 12/14/8/8/14/12 isn’t that common of a theme, but I do hope you enjoy it! If there is something in the theme you don’t quite get, be sure to look at the “Additional Notes” above.

Also, let’s all wish Adam Nicolle to the indie game! Looking forward to many installments from this high schooler.

Meta coming next week! Have a great week everyone!

Chris

Puzzle #84 Tomorrow

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Hey everyone!

So, busy weekend for me, partly due to the Gamecocks’ first home game and visit from the parents led to not having all the clues done by Sunday. We will have the puzzle done by noon Monday, so be sure to tune in then.

Until then, do like me and entertain yourself by watching videos of hot dog eating champ Matt Stonie put away incredible amounts of food. This dude is crazy.

Today’s cover photo comes from me searching for “Funny” on Google Images, while setting the image size at 800×300, and this appeared on the first page. I don’t see what’s funny in it either.

Enjoy your Sunday!

Chris

Themeless Seventeen (#83)

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Hey everyone, and welcome to Week 83!

Before we start, I would like to say that this week’s title contains 7 E’s and no other vowels.

Hope you enjoy today’s 13×13 puzzle! Since I don’t have much to say, here a fun side story. In my list of seed entries LA QUINTA didn’t make the puzzle. And as a geography master’s student, here a link to an article where one person tried to determine the truth about a Mitch Hedberg joke about La Quinta and Denny’s using ArcGIS.

Also, I’ve got a Sunday-sized collaboration effort in the pipeline for CW. Be excited.

Enjoy the puzzle!

Chris

Strange Things Are Happening To Me (#82)

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Hey everyone, and welcome to Week 82!

In case you hadn’t seen it, FiveThirtyEight featured an article discussing the indie crossword movement this last week. Friend-of-the-show Neville Fogarty got a line in saying “My favorite thing about indie puzzles is the timeliness”, and I couldn’t agree more.

Today’s puzzle is a tribute to the sleeper hit of the summer, and one of my favorite pieces of TV this year. Technically, I should preface it with [Spoiler alert], but I think it’s just fine the way it is. If you haven’t checked it out, I strongly recommend that you do.

Besides that, can’t think of too much else to say. Hope your Labor Day weekend is going well! And since it is Labor Day weekend, I would be remiss not to include puzzle great Mark Halpin’s Labor Day Extravaganza puzzle suite. Take a crack at them. He’s good, and they’re fun.

Chris