When I made this grid, it was a simpler time. Like, not even a month ago. Now we’re basically living in a disaster movie. Hope this puzzle brings you a little welcome distraction during a tough time!
That being said, thanks must be given to Finn, Kevin, Brian, Ryan, and the constructors who made Couchword such a smashing success on Saturday. To say it’s been the bright spot of the last two weeks would be an understatement. Love you guys!
Tough as Nails Themeless #8 – Across Lite
In these trying times, perhaps soothe your anxiety with a hard puzzle? Maybe?
I’m hypercompetitive, as you all know. I placed fourth at ACPT last year, and even though I know that the absence of a couple of key players had something to do with that, it’s REALLY hard not to dream of the podium now that I’ve come so close. It almost hurts physically to think of missing ACPT for the first time in 19 years, but on the other hand my husband has asthma and does not do well with respiratory illnesses. I am keeping a close eye on the COVID-19 situation and will make a late-in-the-game decision on whether to come or not.
Cross your fingers, guys. This sucks. But enjoy the puzzle!
Tough as Nails Themeless #7 – Across Lite
Trying PuzzleMe out finally! I’m a bit of a tech DODO (DOLT, DOPE, OAF, etc.), so here’s hoping it worked.
I seeded the puzzle around 17A and 62A, which is just a sign that I think about [very broad topic that would be a bit of a spoiler if I said what it was] almost as much as I think about food and lifting weights. Enjoy!
Tough as Nails Themeless #6 – Across Lite
This puzzle might make you want to eat some carbs. Just sayin’. I seeded it around 5D, because yummy yummy.
I’m hoping by the time the next puzzle goes up in 2 weeks that I’ll have figured out a) how to get PuzzleMe onto the page, and b) MailChimp, so you guys can subscribe who’ve asked for it. Take my word for it that I’m spending nearly every free minute at the moment just making the puzzles (those for the site and ones that pay), and don’t have a lot to spare for even rudimentary site functionality.
Anyway, enjoy the puzzle! Zero calories and only virtual carbs!
Tough as Nails Themeless #5 – Across Lite
Puzzle the Fourth! This one reflects a bit of my Asian-American heritage (wait a minute…so did #2 and #3) and you’ll likely learn at least one new word in the process. Deal with it 😉
Tough As Nails Themeless #4 – Across Lite
Because one puzzle from me in a day isn’t enough, here’s another! It shouldn’t be hard for you guys to figure out what my seed entry was.
Happy New Year, everybody!
Tough As Nails Themeless #3 – Across Lite
It’s been a long time coming: My New York Times solo constructing debut! Read all about it on the Wordplay blog, but solve it first obvi!