Crossword Thanksgiving in October

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Thanksgiving came early this year!

Thanks to some lovely comments about Crossword Nation on the puzzle blogs recently, we welcomed a good number of new subscribers to the fold! Welcome, friends, and thank you for supporting me last week. We’re here to spread good cheer and fun. Enough said.

Over the years, crossword blogs have supported constructors in profound, unprecedented ways. I’ll specify in a future post. For now, drop in and visit these fine writers who do the heavy lifting every day:

At Crossword Nation, we honor the work of puzzle constructors. We are serious about making good, honest puzzles for our lovely subscribers and mobile solvers.

It’s Week 175: Our latest puzzle is “Attitude Adjustment” and you can read about it (spoiler warning: answers are disclosed) on Amy Reynaldo’s blog, Diary of a Crossword Fiend. Thanks, Amy, for hosting our puzzles — we’re very grateful to you!

Subscribers received our crossword on Monday night.

Not a subscriber?  Check out some sample puzzles and try us on for size!

With gratitude,

Liz

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Crossword’s Gold Star — Hayley Gold

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I hope you’ll solve my Sunday puzzle in The New York Times today titled “Number-One Friends.”   While it’s tempting to engage in puns about the theme . . . I will refrain. No spoilers here!

When you finish the puzzle, please visit Hayley Gold’s blog for a delightfully-humorous and artistic riff on the theme.  I think that Hayley —  a young and talented artist with a cruciverbal flair — is crossword’s new star!

Here’s the link to Hayley’s site, after the obligatory spoiler art:

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Click here for Hayley Gold’s site.   Thanks, Ms. Gold, for the shout-out.  We look forward to many more.

With gratitude,

Elizabeth Gorski

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Solve a Free Sunday-sized Crossword from Ben Tausig’s amazing “Curious History of the Crossword”

Ben Tausig's Crossword book In honor of Independence Day weekend, it seems fitting to celebrate independent puzzle providers. We salute Ben Tausig, the author of this amazing and intelligent book — The Curious History of the Crossword.  Are you looking for a perfect gift for that special solver in your life? This is it, ladies and gentlemen. But buyer beware … pick up an extra for yourself. If you walk out of the store with only one copy, you will end up keeping it. (Like I did.)  I would purchase this book for the gorgeous cover art alone, but there’s so much to love about this collection of 100 puzzles by the century’s top constructors. Ben’s beautiful prose will elate and inspire you.

As editor of the American Values Club crossword (avxwords.com), Ben elates subscribers on a weekly basis.  When he asked me to contribute to “The Curious History …” I was very flattered.  Ben has generously allowed us to offer one of those puzzles  –  “Plane Geometry” — for you to enjoy. 

And here’s some extra confetti icing on the Independence Weekend cake . . . after you solve the puzzle, please check out John Minarcik’s incredible animation of “Plane Geometry.”  The puzzle theme is something you might see during a summer weekend.  

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Choose a solving option:

“Plane Geometry” 21x PDF: Click Here to download and print   (Recommended: Three pages — with a large, roomy grid; easy on the eyes)

or ……

“Plane Geometry” 21x PDF: Click here to download and print (One-page squished-in version … borrow a friend’s high-powered microscope) 

or ……

To solve on your desktop in Across Lite,  you’ll need a .puz file.  For some reason, WordPress won’t allow an upload right now. Write to me and I’ll happily send you the file! My email is: EGorski333[at]gmail.com

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SPOILER ALERT:

Links to visit after you’ve solved the puzzle ….

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“Plane Geometry” Solution grid: Click Here

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Special animation of “Plane Geometry” created by John Minarcik (our good friend Popeye!)  Thank you, John!

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