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:
why be coy? i got a form rejection on a themeless and am posting it unaltered from my submission. i hope you like it more than the editors did!
the title is "respectable themeless" because that was the placeholder i used while constructing it, to remind myself not to use entries that were "too far out of the mainstream" or "not appealing to a broad range of solvers." i listen to feedback! lol!
fullscreen solve: link
jpz and embedded puzzle: below
NOT A SINGLE BLOG PUZZLE IN AUGUST ?? though I did have puzzles elsewhere in the world. I've been trying to keep the "non-schmosswords crosswords" page up to date. I'm also now constructing and editing for Crossword Club, which publishes daily midi-sized puzzles that are easy but lively. The great Will Nediger is my co-editor, and in addition to the two of us, the constructor team includes Kelsey Dixon, Erica Hsiung Wojcik, and Quiara Vasquez - no skips! My favorites of my own crosswords there so far are the ones from 8/20, 8/28, and 9/1. Try out our puzzles, and send them to your parents, your friends who only do the NYT mini, etc.
I have a little trifle of a themed puzzle for you here today. I hope you enjoy!
I decided I wanted to post a deliberately difficult puzzle. It's hard to do well! (See below for documentary footage of me working on it.) Thanks to Alex for the test solve, Kelsey and will (explainer) and Will for clue inspo that they weren't warned about in advance, and Stella for her words of support. Good luck, have fun!
Taking a break from irreverent themelesses to post a special collab puzzle with my friend, and streaming solver of Crossweird fame, Dob Olino.
The title of this crossword is Turtle Island, so it should be no spoiler to say it is a puzzle that seeks to highlight Native cultures of this continent. A couple of things should be said about this. Foremost among them: we are not Native. Our knowledge, what there is of it, comes from searching things out and reading, not from stories or family lore or being part of the shared history of a people. We in no way suggest that the contents of the puzzle are complete or perfectly representative, or that anything qualifies us in particular to be the authors of it, other than our interest in doing it.
We do, however, hold ourselves responsible for ensuring that puzzle content relating to Native people(s) is not trivial or trivializing. We tried to write clues that were honoring or celebratory. We sought out information only from sources maintained by Native people and projects, whenever possible ensuring that at least two Native sources were in agreement on facts. We saw that it is fraught to rely on names that are derived from colonizer languages or translations, even though those are often used by nations in a formal sense, and endeavored specifically to highlight indigenous words and self-names in clues. Incidentally, we attempted to place nation names with rough geographical fidelity, but acknowledge that this succeeds at best partially.
We're very grateful for resources such as Partnership with Native Americans (PWNA), Native-Land.ca, the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada, and dozens of websites dedicated to specific indigenous languages or maintained by individual nations themselves.
We recognize that as a land acknowledgement, this is a small gesture, as many land acknowledgements are. But we hope that as a puzzle, this succeeds in honoring its subject. And, of course, we hope that you enjoy the solve!
Click here to solve, or download .jpz file below.