SQP118 – Themeless #35

Hello, crossfolks!

It’s themeless week at Square Pursuit. I prioritized getting a couple of entries I really wanted to see into this grid and it resulted in a somewhat different feel than many of my puzzles. I’m going a bit gentler here, especially since last week’s cryptic was so challenging. I’m very interested to see how the seasonal variety cryptic lands next week.

Thanks to Brooke for test-solving! Get excited for her blog puzzle next week, people — certified banger.

Thanks for coming by and trying the puzzles. Next week is variety cryptic week and it’s going to be accompanied by a survey about the site! I’m looking into ways to adjust what I’m doing here and maybe even expand things a bit.

Take care and enjoy!

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SQP117 – Cryptic #15

Hello, cryptic solvers!

Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad to be here with October’s blocked cryptic puzzle. No theme here, just some challenging clues and plenty of laughs (or so I hope). If you find yourself totally stuck and not enjoying things, may I recommend revealing an answer or two? It’s something that I did a lot when learning to solve the British puzzles I love so much. It would be great to normalize that sort of thing as it opened the door to a lot of joy for me.

Many thanks to k0rmad for test solving, and to Ali for lending me his letter Y.

See you next week with the October themeless, which is not at all cryptic, but should be fun (or so I also hope).

Take care and enjoy the puzzle!

solve online / puz / pdf / answers & explanations

SQP116 – Quiptic #14

Hello, cryptic friends!

I’ve got a tricky one coming on Wednesday so why not start the week of with a quiptic? As usual, it’s one device per clue, and that device is freely given in the version with “helpers.” This one has two less common devices in it (especially from me). I hope it’s fun for newcomers and grizzled veterans alike!

Thanks, as always, to Will for test-solving!

Take care and enjoy the puzzle! Back with a tougher blocked cryptic the day after tomorrow.

plain: solve online / puz / pdf

helpers: solve online / puz / pdf

solution & explanations

SQP115 – Pick and Peck

Greetings, Crossfolks!

In honor I’ve my favorite time of year, I made you something breezy and seasonal — nothing tough or cryptic. Next week we’ll be back in the cryptic mode with a gentle quiptic and a blocked challenger. I hope you’re in a safe place to get outside and enjoy this special time, that is if it’s indeed autumn where you are and you’re not solving too many crossword puzzles to do so.

Thanks to Brooke for the test solve!

That’s it from me. Take care, enjoy and see you next week with those cryptics!

solve online / puz / pdf / solution

SQP114 – Quiptic #13

Hello, cryptic friends!

It’s the fifth Wednesday of September so I’m here with a quiptic for you. As usual, the helpers version tells you which device is being used in each clue (there’s only one per). Here’s hoping it’s fun for newcomers and seasoned solvers alike. Thanks, as always, to Will Eisenberg for the test solve.

October should be fun around here! I’ve got a timely themed crossword next week and a cryptic challenger the following Wednesday. There should be more quiptics peppered in throughout the fall as well.

Take care and enjoy the quiptic!

plain: solve online / puz / pdf

helpers: solve online / puz / pdf

solution and explanations

SQP113 – Variety Cryptic #12: “Deal With It!”

Hello, cryptic fans!

It’s variety cryptic day! I’m really excited to share a new one with you, and hope you enjoy it. This is a touch harder than last month’s puzzle, but should still be pretty accessible, all things considered.

Thanks so much to Hayley Gold and Nate Cardin for the thoughtful test solving!

Thanks for stopping by! Take care and enjoy the puzzle. I’ll see you next week with a Quiptic!

solve online / pdf / solution & explanation

SQP112 – Themeless #34

Hello, Crossfolks!

Thanks for stopping by! No cryptic business this week, just a tough themeless puzzle. It’s been a while since I’ve dropped a stumper on the blog, and this is definitely on the hard end for Square Pursuit. I hope you like it! If you’re looking for a gentler challenge, I recommend my WSJ puzzle from yesterday.

Thanks to Brooke for the test solve! I think most folks know this, but she was the one who refined and popularized the sort of layout you see here.

Things will be easier for the rest of the month. There’s a variety cryptic on the gentle side coming next Wednesday and a snappy Quiptic aimed at newer solves the Wednesday after.

solve online / puz / pdf / solution

SQP111 – Quiptic #12

Welcome, Cryptic Solvers!

Thanks for stopping by. Today’s quiptic, as usual, features one device per clue, and the version with helpers tells you which device is being used. I hope it’s fun for new solvers and veterans alike! Thanks to Will Eisenberg for the test solve.

Take care and enjoy the puzzle! I’ve got a themeless challenger coming in 6 days, a gentler variety cryptic in 13, and a quiptic in 20!

plain: solve online / puz / pdf

helpers: solve online / puz / pdf

solution and explanations

SQP110 – Cryptic #5782

Happy New Year, cryptic fans!

Thanks for stopping by one day early this week. I’ve got a holiday challenger for you in the cryptic spot for September. There’s a wide range of difficulty in the clues to this puzzle, but if the toughest ones leave you scratching your head, I’ve got a gentler quiptic coming in two days, as well as this fun cryptic 7xwords puzzle that dropped over the weekend. Thanks again to Malaika for having me as part of such a cool puzzle project!

Thanks so much to David Gold and k0rmad for test solving!

Take care, enjoy, and see you on Thursday with that quiptic!

solve online / puz / pdf / solution & explanations