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Puzzle 1 - Themeless #1



Hello! I'll start things off with a themeless that I quite like (full disclosure I like all my puzzles). It's got a pretty layout, which is something that isn't all that important in the grand scheme of things, but does add a little extra flair imo. I'll say it's about...4/5 for difficulty. Have fun!

Schedule wise, I can't swing one puzzle a week, but every other week feels sparse. So for now I'm going to do 3 a month - one on the 8th, 18th, and 28th of each month (I like the number 8). Subject to change of course, and my personal goal is to do this for a year and see where it's at then. They will probably be mostly themeless puzzles, because there's a zillion places to sell themed puzzles but hardly any themeless.

A little bit about me, Wheel-of-Fortune style: I live in Spokane, WA with my lovely wife and 2 young boys (one just turned 3, other is 10 months). We have a little fixer-upper Victorian that we did a lot more fixer-upping on before the kids arrived. I do data analysis for a healthcare company. I like kids movies, peaty scotch, pretty much every sport, and anything to do with the University of Washington (go Dawgs!).

There are a couple things I don't know how to do but want to. First is to embed a solveable puzzle in the post. I've tried and can't figure it out. Second is to make the PDFs look a little nicer and not like I just hit "export to PDF" from Crossword Compiler. If you know how to do either of these please let me know!

Thanks for swinging by and I hope you come back on the 18th! Say hi in the comments!


  1. Brian,

    This was a very fun debut puzzle! Thanks for sharing it! I really enjoyed your cluing style. 35-Across was a really fun clue/entry pair, I thought.

    As far as a PDF is concerned: one easy way to make presentable puzzle PDFs is to just print to PDF within Across Lite (or whatever application you use to open PUZ files).

    Looking forward to the next puzzle,

  2. Thanks for the kind words Neville! Glad you liked it, and I'll give printing from Across Lite a shot.

  3. Agreed, fabulous cluing! To make PDFs, I use the puz-to-pdf converter at And re: embedding a puzzle in the post - get in touch with Amuse Labs, whose PuzzleMe platform is used on my site and a bunch of others.


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