Do you solve differently when nobody is watching? Resort to Onelook or Google or the Anagram Server right away?
Double acrostic weekend. Wonder what caused Mike Shenk to pick the quote he uses in the Wall Street Journal puzzle this weekend. It’s seasonal, but a bit dark. The Times puzzle is behind the paywall. One good thing about the Times is that Deb Amlen usually gets some comments from the constructors of every puzzle and Hex usually have something good to say.
On the cryptic side, there’s the usual National Post puzzle by Hex, and LizR has a new Brit cryptic up. Liz borrowed an interesting grid from Nutmeg: it has a ring of threes in the middle. Usually constructors (especially British ones) cope with something like this by linking the threes with other answers; Liz made a mini-theme out of them, cluing them all in the same way. Catch the original title of her post too, hidden in the URL.
Kevin Wald has posted his MIT Mystery Hunt warm-up. This year’s hunt begins Friday at noon. Some people participate without being on campus, and some teams will be willing to accept extra hunters who are looking for a team to participate with. I think that his “Tripling Hither, Tripling Thither” is new too.
An interesting variety crossword this week too. BEQ posted a “From A to Z” where you have to figure out the missing first letter of each clue, which in turn will tell you where some other answer will go. A couple of bugs in it though. Philip Morris hasn’t been making the product in answer 23 for years, and I can think of at least two possible answers that would fit in 7d.
Finally, if you’re looking for more puzzles, Will Johnson has updated his links page for 2014. However, most of the cryptic links are to series that have stopped posting new puzzles.