Meta: Building 7 (#105)

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Hey everyone, and welcome to Week 105!

So, it’s been a while. Last semester, I finished my master’s degree in geography. Fun times. Life has been kind of hectic, and the blog has taken a hit because of it. One of my resolutions this year is to write more puzzles, as in 2017 I only wrote about 15 crosswords for this site and zero USC Puzzle Hunts. Puzzling means too much to me for me to have it sit to the side, and I hope to bring you more puzzles in the upcoming year that have that same nonsense I like in puzzles. I hope you’re ready for them.

This Thursday, I fly to MIT for my annual trek to solve puzzles at the Mystery Hunt. And, I figure it’d be a shame to go into the Hunt without a meta puzzle on the site. So, with that in mind, let’s have a meta.

Invoking the help of an MIT alumnus, for this twenty-first meta, I’m looking for a possible seventh theme answer that could be clued as “Popular candy bar (Boston)”. When you think you have it, email me at cking.gow@gmail.com with your answer by January 20th.

If you’re going to be in Boston this next weekend, feel free to find me!

Happy 2018 everyone!

Chris

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I Love Halloween! (#104)

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Hey everyone, and welcome to Week 104! I’ve now published a numerical puzzle once a week for two years. And since this blog is three years one month old, I’ll say 2/3 ain’t too bad.

School is hard, but this Halloween theme is too good to pass up. I’m stunned there are still Halloween and Christmas themes left, so I’m glad I snatched one up.

I really promise I’ll have the Eclipse answers soon. Really I do.

Today’s puzzle is 16×16, a first for me, and I believe the first time I’ve ever had a 2×2 black box in the grid. Turns out, even by even is slightly tricky. There’s no guess why newspapers are 15×15.

Enjoy the puzzle! Feel free to tell me how okay it was on Twitter. I could use the followers.

Happy Halloween! Onwards to Thanksgiving!

Chris

Letters and Numbers (#102)

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Hey everyone, and welcome to Week 102! Today’s puzzle is a quote puzzle, which I believe is the first of its kind for me. The quote itself is one I’ve known for most my life, as it was the final quote seen in the film that is shown above. I’m so excited that the quote was able to be broken down symmetrically, and the 17×15 puzzle today was able to contain it. The clues are a little more erudite than usual, which I kind of planned to match the theme material. I hope you enjoy!

Also, I should have the answer key for the Eclipse puzzle set ready by this upcoming Sunday, so if you’re still working on it, you have some more time! If you want any hints, feel free to email me!

Thanks everyone! Enjoy the puzzle!

Chris

Labor Day (#101)

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Hey everyone, and welcome to Week 101! This puzzle is coming to you while I’m at Myrtle Beach for Labor Day weekend.

This week’s puzzle has a lot going on. I think it’s pretty damn funny. Hope you think so as well. If you don’t, you can get your money back.

Be sure to check out the Eclipse puzzles that were #100 here on the blog! You still have time to finish them!

Also, I want to thank friend-of-the-show Ben Smith for the glowing review he wrote about me for Crossword Fiend, which can be found [here].

Thanks everyone! Enjoy the puzzle!

Chris

ETA: The problem in the clue for 6D has been fixed. I actually noticed this mistake last Friday, but couldn’t do anything about it. I am in fact at Myrtle Beach for Labor Day weekend, and the campground I’m at does not feature wifi at the campsites. So, I’ve been unable to make the update. I finally was able to travel to a spot that did have wifi, and now the problem has been updated.

Total Eclipse (#100 and Variety Edition #3)

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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?

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And that is your question to answer for the next three weeks. Head over to http://uscpuzzlehunt.com/totaleclipse/ 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)gmail.com, 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!

Chris