Realized tonight I hadn't made a blog puz in awhile so ... why not! Enjoy, pals :)
SIMUL-PUZ ALERT! Alex had the idea that we could post this collab at both his place and mine, I assume in a competition to see who gets fewer solves and therefore has to be fed to the Crosscord vultures.
That was a joke, but what’s not a joke is how much great stuff Alex is putting out into the world on a regular basis! Check out his Patreon for acrostics twice a month, and his Malibu Triathlon page, where you can donate to support Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and he’ll send you a puzzle pack.
This puzzle is part of Alex's Marx Brothers series of themes. I think we did a good job embracing that silliness (though not really on purpose; we just happen to be clowns). Enjoy!
(PS: I have a brand-new, rad and ridiculous midi puzzle with Will over at Half-Baked Puzzles; give it a shot!)
Hells yes I love this puzzle! Enjoy xo
Recently I had the happy experience of being seized by a bit of inspiration (majorly spoilery link) and churning out a grid in a haze. Then I sat frozen for a few days, waiting for the cluing bug to bite, until one early morning, insomnia did the trick.
Making a puzzle felt nice, because I've struggled to find the motivation for it recently after deciding to stop submitting to the New York Times. That decision wasn't about the Puzzles team—it was a response to the paper's intransigent aggression toward trans people—but it wasn't NOT on my mind that I was 0 for 16 in NYT crossword submissions, and to be honest, the rejections were getting harder to take, not easier. Partially because it was becoming painfully clear that my voice wasn't welcome, but maybe even more so because, now that I make my living in crosswords, the negative reinforcement started to manifest as doubt about my ability to do my job. It felt bad!
At any rate, refocusing my energy without the usual goal to focus on has felt a little like wandering in the woods, and whenever that sort of thing happens with me, I find it good to rip the bandaid off with a fugue-state puzzle like this one. So I hope it makes for a fun solve!
Many thanks are due to wise test solver extraordinaire, excellent crossword citizen, and all-around good guy Alex Boisvert, who continues to quietly turn out solid, funny puzzle after solid, funny puzzle (not to mention a slew of essential construction and collaboration tools) over at Crossword Nexus. Alex's new Patreon offering promises to be the solution to your suspension-of-NYT-acrostic woes, so head over and sign up!
Puzzle after the jump.
IMPORTANT EDIT TO THIS POST: THIS GRID CONTAINS A VERY OBVIOUS, BLATANT, PROMINENT, EMBARRASSING ERROR THAT I SOMEHOW DID NOT SEE DURING THE ENTIRE PROCESS OF MAKING THIS PUZZLE. I'M SO SORRY
Just here to squirt WD-40 into the hinges and make sure this clunker doesn't rust over from disuse! First blog crossword in awhile, hopefully won't be so long again before the next one. This might be on the tough side. IDK if it's any good!!! Godspeed!!!!
spoilery: link to the objects mentioned in 20d because they are perfect
I am mostly doing this to encourage others to do the same! Look back over your puzzles and get reminded of stuff you're proud of making! Giggle when you remember how someone rolled their eyes so hard at a pun you made that you were afraid you'd never see their pupils again! And please, share your findings with us, the clue-loving public. (Relatedly, for a marvelously wide-ranging list of clues from 2022, check out Frisco's list here! It includes clues of various types from all over the map and by lots of different constructors.)
Here's my list, based on an admittedly hasty trip through my archives; answers are in white font, so select to view.
Category 1: I'm punnin'
See one's way out? : POPEMOBILE
Must-have piece for an apparel launch? : TSHIRT CANNON
Office mate? : WORK SPOUSE
Arch observer of the classics : DANTE
Parted company? : EXES
Indication of high bone density? : X RATING
They might get upset by feminist activism : GENDER NORMS
Periodic backups? : LINERS
Intimacy complex? : POLYCULE
Look, Ma, a cellist! : YOYO
Get ova here! : UTERI
Small gas giant? : QATAR
Category 2: I'm trollin'
Renaissance man who put Descartes before Deshorse ... or something : RENE
Meas. that dates back to when we had one utensil for every piece of furniture (see also chairfork) (citation needed) : TBSP
Midwestern state where *yawns* *falls asleep* : IOWA
Philip who died still mad that he hadn't won the Nobel Prize in Literature for a lifetime of reassuring lecherous pedants of their righteousness : ROTH
"Sooo, are we going to do this, ___...?" : ORR
Animals that are part zebra (the butt part) : OKAPIS
Fuck it; it's the capital of Norway : OSLO
Category 3: I'm explainin' Greek mythology
Woman whose son had to behead a Gorgon to stop a lifetime of her being hounded by men : DANAE
Island where Ariadne enabled Theseus to defeat the Minotaur and Theseus took all the credit : CRETE
Ancient city home to Cassandra, the prophetess no one believed (relatable) : TROY
Holiday season! A time to be forced into head-on confrontation with your social anxiety AND your family issues. Thank goodness for puzzles :prayerhandsemojithatweeblyrefusestodisplay: