Eight Cryptic Nights #5 – Shin

Hello, holiday puzzlebuds!

So nice to see you on a night a little shorter than the one before it. Shin is the worst spin you can get in dreidel, and it means you actually need to put something from your own personal reserve back into the pot. That means you’ll have one less chocolate coin, jelly doughnut, or Pokémon card than you did at the beginning of the turn.

As I write this, plenty of solvers are formulating their theories about what makes the best-tasting latkes. There’s already a longstanding debate about what is best on TOP of them, applesauce or sour cream. My brother recently told me about a place in his neck of the woods that does pastrami between two of them, in a sandwich configuration, but why gild the lily, I say? Let’s keep it cool. For me applesauce and sour cream work best when applied in tandem.

Hey, stop trying to find the pastrami-latke thing on DoorDash — it’s puzzle time! I’ll see you tomorrow night.

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.

pdf / solve online

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