SQP103 – “We’ll Have the Horned Viper, Please”

Hello, Crossworders!

It’s August, and I’d like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to something I’ve really been enjoying lately. Today’s is a gentle themed crossword. If you don’t get what’s going on initially, I hope this inspires you to check it out!

Thanks to Brooke Husic for the test solve!

Next week is cryptic week, and I’ll have a themed standard cryptic as well as a quiptic (if time allows). Thanks for stopping by. Take care and enjoy!

solve online / puz / pdf / solution

SQP102 – Bonus Demi w/ Brooke Husic

Hello Crossfolks,

What a treat — today I get to be a crossword twin with my friend and frequent collaborator Brooke Husic! Brooke has today’s Universal puzzle, and I’ve got the Universal Sunday! By the time you read this, I will have enjoyed solving hers, and I think you should too! In honor of the occasion we figured we’d make you an extra 11x demi puzzle together. This one’s a little bit trickier, but not as stiff a challenge as our respective themeless offerings. Check out Brooke’s idea at 29A, which I love! I hope you enjoy the Husic/Mossberg triptych today.

Here’s Brooke:

“I’m always happy to work together with Steve! Usually we collaborate asynchronously but with this very connected grid, it seemed like a better idea to fill together over Google Hangouts, which was very fun! I really like how this turned out and I especially love Steve’s idea for the 12A clue. I can’t wait to solve his puzzle today!”

Thanks to Will Eisenberg for the test solve!

Take care, enjoy, and see you on Wednesday with a non-cryptic tribute puzzle to a personal fave!

solve online / puz / pdf / solution

SQP101 – Variety Cryptic #10 – “Fun in the Sun”

Hello, cryptic fans!

I’ve got a summery one for you this week. It’s a variety cryptic on the lighter side of things. If you’ve been enjoying the quiptics and are considering trying a harder puzzle, this may be a reasonable step up for you. There’s enough in there to please experienced solvers too, I hope!

Thanks to Nate Cardin and Hayley Gold for the test solve!

Take care, enjoy, and see you this weekend with a surprise!

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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!

plain: solve online / puz / pdf

helpers: solve online / puz / pdf

solution & explanations

SQP099 – Themeless #32

Hello Crossfolks!

Number 99! This week, we’ve got a themeless with a classic shape. It should be reasonably challenging, but nothing too wild. I’m very happy to get the names of artists who mean a lot to me into this grid!

Thanks to Brooke Husic for the test solve, and to you for coming by. I’m so thrilled to keep having this puzzle conversation with the folks who visit the blog.

Next week is a cryptic week! There’s a variety cryptic on the way, and possibly a quiptic as well. I’ve been grateful to hear that those are working nicely for newer solvers!

Take care, enjoy, and see you in a few!

solve online / puz / pdf / solution

SQP098 – Uninspired Cryptic

Hello, cryptic fans!

I’ve got a themed puzzle for you on this fine summer day. It should be a decent challenge. I hope it’s lots of fun!

Thanks to k0rmad for the excellent test solving, as always!

We’re getting pretty close to 100 puzzles on Square Pursuit! Number 99, a non-cryptic themeless, will drop next Wednesday.

Take care, enjoy the puzzle, and see you in a week!

solve online / puz / pdf / solution & explantions

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

SQP096 – Cookout

Hello, crossword folks!

I hope everyone who wants to has been able to get some grilled goodness lately. I found myself inspired to do this puzzle while enjoying an absolute bounty of meats and other delicacies. This non-cryptic crossword is about as gentle as they come on Square Pursuit, and I hope it treats you right.

Thanks to my wonderful partner Arielle and Brooke Husic for the test solve!

Take care and enjoy. Next week is a cryptic week. See you then!

solve online / puz / pdf / solution

SQP095 – Quiptic #7

Welcome back, cryptic buds!

Just dropping off a little puzzle today in the middle of some summer vacation fun! As usual, the wordplay of almost every clue has only one step to work out, and the helpers version lets you know which device is being used. I’m hoping it’s fun for new and experienced solvers alike.

Thanks to Will Eisenberg and teamcrazymatt for the test solve this time around.

Take care and enjoy! I’ll see you next week with a themed crossword, and the week after with a blocked cryptic. I’ve got some cool puzzles coming in different venues as well this summer.

plain: solve online / puz / pdf

helpers: solve online / puz / pdf

solution & explanations

SQP094 – Variety Cryptic #9 – I Think We’re Done Here

Hello, cryptic friends!

It’s always a joy when variety day rolls around, and I hope today’s offering doesn’t disappoint! It’s easy-moderate in difficulty. International solvers, you’ve probably got this on lock, but you may need to peek at a reference at a couple points. Americans, you have no excuse (I kid, I kid).

Thanks to Nate Cardin and Hayley Gold for the test solve this time around!

Take care and enjoy the puzzle! Next week is a fifth Wednesday, and I may be taking it off or might have something cool to share. If not, see you on the 7th of July with a themed crossword!

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