Chag sameach, cryptic fans!
And we’re off! I’m so excited to be doing Eight Cryptic Nights with you. These medium-sized variety cryptics are linked as a suite with an overarching metapuzzle, and will be dropping every night at 5:00 PM ET, right around when my family and I will be lighting the menorah.
This project was a real labor of love for me, and I couldn’t have done it without the feedback of a bunch generous puzzle friends. Some checked the vibes, others checked the Hebrew, and others found jagged edges for me to smooth out. My deepest thanks go to Nate Cardin, David Gold, Hayley Gold, Rebecca Goldstein, Will Nediger, Will Eisenberg, and Brendan Emmett Quigley.
Puzzle #1 – Sov (Spin) is dreidel-themed. I hope you’ll enjoy giving it a whirl. See you tomorrow evening with the next one!
This puzzle suite is best solved on paper. If you choose to solve online, you will also need to have a look at the pdf version in order to complete the meta puzzle at the end. If you solve on paper, hang on to those completed puzzles until night eight! Hints and solutions will be available when the last puzzle drops.
*UPDATE* clue number typo is fixed in the .pdf version! Thanks for the catch, Jess!