Sunday, December 2, 2018

PUZZLE #41: Double Play (Variety puzzle + CONTEST)

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Hello again! After three months of silence to the day, Grids These Days is back, and with a fresh puzzle to start the new month.

This week's puzzle is a variety crossword that I'm going to call "Double Play" (it's a modified version of squeezeboxes, seen if you scroll down on the linked page). The gimmick is pretty straightforward: each square in the grid contains either one or two letters, like in the example below:



There are two versions: normal (multi-word tags are included) and harder (no tags)—choose whichever version you're feeling. Also, this is a metapuzzle! When you're finished filling in the grid, you should be able to come up with an apt pair of songs with equal-length titles.

When you have the correct answer, send it to pascopuzzles [at] gmail [dot] com. One randomly-selected solver will win this week's prize, a free subscription to The Inkubator crosswords, a fantastic woman-edited, woman-constructed project by Laura Braunstein and Tracy Bennett (or, if you already have a subscription to the Inkubator, a gift subscription for a person of your choosing OR an extension to your subscription OR talk to me and we can make something work). Send in your answers by 11:59 p.m. ET on December 14, 2018 for a chance to win. Enjoy, and best of luck!

Feels good to be back,
Paolo

(P.S. you should follow @gridsthesedays on Twitter)


Sunday, September 2, 2018

PUZZLE #40: Performance Spaces

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Quick post today— I've been spending a lot of time around creative/artsy/performance spaces lately, so this crossword seemed fitting.

Hope you enjoy the puzzle!
-Paolo



Sunday, August 19, 2018

PUZZLE #39: Moving In

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Autobiographical puzzle, since I just flew out of San Diego yesterday. Feels weird, but I'm ready to start ~collegiate~ living.

Also, congrats to Stella Zawistowski, winner of Lollapuzzoola 11, as well as her co-finalists, Glen Ryan and Sam Ezersky! Solving powerhouses, the three of them. The tournament may be over, but if you missed it, you can still solve the puzzles here.

Hope you enjoy the puzzle!
-Paolo


Sunday, August 5, 2018

PUZZLE #38: No Love Lost

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First, some sad news: McDonald's cancelled their sponsorship with me because, in their words, "why did we even spend money on brand integration with a teen's crossword blog in the first place." No matter-- sponsorship or not, I'm gonna keep making puzzles, and I defy any big-budget company to stop me.

I originally had a different puzzle slated for today, but I got inspiration yesterday that I had to follow through with. Hope you enjoy the puzzle!

-Pao

P.S. Lollapuzzoola 11 is happening in two weeks. Insanely good puzzles guaranteed, so be sure to sign up.



Sunday, July 22, 2018

PUZZLE #37: "And Now, 71 Words From Our Sponsors"

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I don't know how to announce this, so here goes: I've agreed to do introduce brand integration to Grids These Days. Running this site has been a great and rewarding project, but I'm going off to college soon, and artistic satisfaction doesn't pay tuition bills. I know it might be a weird and confusing transition, but rest assured I'm taking pains to make it as unobtrusive HOT AND FRESH DOLLAR MENU DEALS as possible. Let me know if FREE FRIES EVERY FRIDAY WITH DOWNLOAD OF THE APP it becomes MOUTH-WATERING EXTRA VALUE MEALS distracting.

-Paolo


Sunday, July 8, 2018

PUZZLE #36: Marvelous!

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Hello, solvers!

New puzzle this week! I have some [SPOILERY] links to check out after you finish:

1.) This Will Nediger puzzle, which I like to think of as this puzzle's spiritual twin. I've had this puzzle idea kicking around for a while, though, so think of it more as cool parallelism than me Timothy Parker-ing.

2.) And this video, which I consider to be one of the best movie promos of all time.

3.) This one isn't a spoiler, but check out Peter Broda's latest vowelless crossword pack, Made Without AEIOU. I've solved the first two, and they're *chef's kiss*

Enjoy!
-Paolo



Sunday, June 24, 2018

PUZZLE #35: Bank Statement

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Easier puzzle this week, with a pretty open grid. Also, this isn't theme related, but this is just to say that I'm doubling down on the opinion expressed in 9-Down.

In other puzzle news: These Glutton for Pun puzzles and this arctan(x)word puzzle are excellent, and you should check them out immediately.

Hope you enjoy!
-Paolo