Total Eclipse (#100 and Variety Edition #3)


Hey everyone, and welcome to Week 100!

Today is in fact #100 for Chris Words! We finally hit the three digit mark! To be honest, today’s puzzle set was not supposed to be what I was going to publish to commemorate it. Nevertheless, I’ll save that idea and use it for #105. I wanted to write this set, and there’s literally no better time than now.

I’ve written two Variety Editions already, and this set makes the third.

To quote the cover page:

On August 21st, 2017, the United States will be graced with a solar eclipse, and the path of totality will even cross through Columbia, SC, my own slice of America. With the insanity that is seeing a ring in the sky, we need to make sure we have everything ready to go when the day has come. What should I have when the eclipse happens?


And that is your question to answer for the next three weeks. Head over to where you can find the PDF of the puzzle suite, made of 8 puzzles plus the meta. Also there is an answer checker, so that can confirm any of your answers.

If you find any errata, please email me at cking.gow(at), and I will post them in the area below.

For “Syzygy”, replace the word Matisse with Rousseau.

The answer in the answer checker for “Syzygy” has been corrected. The answer is 10 letters, and not 12 letters.

The last two packets have had 3 week deadlines, and that tradition will maintain this time. By September 8th, be sure to send me your final meta answer. While you’re contacting me, please let me know the successes/struggles you have with any puzzles. I love feedback, and I like giving hints, so there’s never a bad time to shoot me an email.

Also, there’s bonus points available for finishing this packet BEFORE the eclipse. Good luck with your speed.

I hope to be back with #101 soon enough. I will be at Lollapuzzoola this weekend wearing my Chris Words shirt, so please feel free to come say hi and tell me about your puzzling so far with this set! Really looking forward to a great weekend.

Hey, I made it to 100! Let’s see if I can make it to 200!



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