Tough as Nails Themeless #15

After my self-indulgent 74-worder, here’s a proper 68-word themeless for y’all. Enjoy!

I also tried using the .puz to PDF site someone posted to generate an ink-saving PDF. The layout is different, but it should work for you. If you prefer the old layout, print the file from Across Lite instead.

Tough as Nails Themeless #15 – Across Lite

Tough as Nails Self-Indulgent Bonus

6/27/09 🙂 Photo by Chad Johnson.

Hey, look, it’s a bonus puzzle! Can I really call it a themeless if there’s a running thread of self-indulgence through the entire thing? Be nice, it’s both my 17-Across AND my 9-Down.

Somebody posted asking me to make the PDFs ink savers. I don’t know how to do that. I usually make the PDFs from Across Lite. If you know how to make ink-saver grids from Across Lite or Crossfire, tell me and I can start doing that. Otherwise, you get what you pay for!

Also, it has 74 words. Like I said, self-indulgent. I think you’ll like it anyway. 🙂

Tough as Nails Self-Indulgent “Themeless” – Across Lite

Tough As Nails Themeless #11

This one’s a bit petite — 14×15, because when I made it I didn’t know as many tricks to get 14s into a 15x grid. (Yeah, yeah, I know I could also have made a 17x. I’m learning!)

I leaned into the trivia on this one, although not so much to the highbrow stuff I usually like to torture you all with. Enjoy!

Tough As Nails Themeless #11 – Across Lite

Tough as Nails Themeless #9

I think it’ll be pretty easy for you all to tell what my primary seed entry was. I can’t believe I got to it before Brendan did!

Your ABC (American-born Chinese) of the day at 28D. One day I would like to seed a Rows Garden with it, when I get around to learning how to make Rows Gardens.

Also, I tease my mom a wee bit in 37A. Done with love, Ma. (But you really should let me throw a few things away…)

Tough as Nails Themeless #9 – Across Lite

Tough as Nails Themeless #8

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

Tough As Nails Themeless #7

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