SQP125 – Quiptic #17

Welcome, Quipsters!

It’s time for another gentle quiptic. Newer solvers, did you know that cross-referenced clues in cryptics are usually written more compactly than in their non-cryptic cousins? For example, this puzzle has a cross-reference referring to “8.” In a non-cryptic, that would be “8-Down,” but since there’s no across entry in the grid for that number, I get to be more succinct. Remember to check the “helpers” version if you want to see which device (only one per clue) is being used. I hope this is a fun one for everybody — remember to ignore that punctuation!

Thanks to Will for the test solve!

Take care and enjoy the puzzle. I’ll see you in 48 hours with a Variety Cryptic which is, in my opinion, very much on the gentle side as well.

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solution and explanations

SQP122 – Quiptic #16

Welcome, Quipsters!

Thanks for stopping by. This is a cryptic week, so I’d thought I’d open things up with a gentle puzzle. As usual, it has one device per clue, which is revealed to anybody who wants in the “helpers” version. I hope it’s fun for everybody who’s curious! My gratitude to Will Eisenberg for test solving.

In site news, I’ve finally organized all the puzzles and made them easier to access in a drop-down menu on the left. I’ll admit I hadn’t been to Square Pursuit since the month I launched it, and yikes! You should be able to get your hands on what you’re looking for more easily now. My standard disclaimer is that I wasn’t as strong a constructor back on those early puzzles, and while they’re still fun, I can’t promise they’re as fair!

The survey for the betterment/expansion of Square Pursuit is up for one more week if you’re interested in making your voice heard and haven’t done so yet. Thanks so much to the many who have already responded.

Take care and enjoy the puzzle. I’ll be back on Wednesday with a challenging blocked cryptic.

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solution & explanations

SQP119 – Quiptic #15

Hello Quiptickers!

Nice to see you. I’m putting up a little appetizer here before the spooooky variety cryptic. As usual, it’s one device per clue, and the helpers version tells you which one to look for. Here’s hoping it’s fun for newcomers and oldcomers alike.

Thanks to Will for the test solve!

Take care and enjoy the quiptic. Back with the variety in 48 hours.

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helpers: solve online / puz / pdf

solution and 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.

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solution & explanations

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!

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solution and explanations

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!

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solution and explanations

SQP107 – Quiptic #11

Hey, cryptic fans!

Thanks for stopping by! I’m dropping a quiptic here for your enjoyment. You know the drill: one cryptic device per clue, and the helper version tells you which one to use. I hope it’s a fun challenge for newcomers and a good speed solve for seasoned folks. Thanks to Will Eisenberg for testing all these puzzles!

If you liked today’s puzzle, and are still easing into solving full-size, harder puzzles, I recommend the variety cryptic that’s coming on Wednesday. It’s a noticeable spike in difficulty, but I’ve taken pains to make this one pretty approachable for the format.

Take care, enjoy the quiptic, and see you in 48 hours with the August variety cryptic!

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solution and explanations

SQP104 – Quiptic #10

Hello, cryptic folks!

It’s quiptic time again! As usual, it’s one device per clue, and the helper version tells you which device it is! I hope this one’s fun for new solvers and speed demons alike. Thanks to folks who have been dipping their toes in, racing each other, or streaming these to spread the cryptic love to new people. It means a ton to me!

A note on helper annotations: sometimes I use the phrase “letter sequence” after a clue. That’s my way of saying to look for an acrostic or alternating letter device without telling you exactly what to do and ruining the fun!

Thanks to Will Eisenberg for the test solve!

Take care and enjoy! I’ll see you on Wednesday with a blocked cryptic which should give a stiffer challenge.

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helpers: solve online / puz / pdf

solution & explanations

SQP100 – Quiptic #9

Dear Solvers,

It’s a century, people! Thanks so much for coming by and solving my first hundred puzzles. It’s been really fun making these things and meeting so many amazing crossword folks. It’s made me a better constructor too.

Today’s puzzle is a beginners quiptic with only one wordplay device per clue. I hope it’s fun for everybody! Thanks to Will Eisenberg for the test solve.

In other cryptic news, I had a guest puzzle in The Browser yesterday. If you don’t know already, they offer a weekly blocked cryptic edited by Dan Feyer and created by a roster of some of the best American setters. They’re easier than what I typically offer here but a nice step up in difficulty from my quiptics or the New Yorker cryptic. Here’s a copy of my puzzle if you want to give it a try. If you like it, please consider subscribing. I’ve been a member since day one and love solving it every week!

Take care, enjoy the puzzle, and see you with a summery variety cryptic on Wednesday!

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solution & explanations

SQP097 – Quiptic #8

Hello cryptic folks!

I’ve got another beginner’s quiptic for you today, though I hope it’s fun and funny for everybody. You know the drill: one wordplay device per clue, and the helpers version tells you the device being used in each.

Thanks to Will Eisenberg for the test solve!

A tougher themed cryptic drops in two days. Take care and enjoy!

plain: solve online / puz / pdf

helpers: solve online / puz / pdf

solution & explanations