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Archive for April, 2008

Puzzle #43: “Jeepers Creepers”

Posted by on 29th April 2008

Puzzle #43Jeepers Wally, is it Wednesday already?  I guess that means that it’s time for another free crossword puzzle, and we’re just the guys to give it to you.  All the usual rules apply:   You are guaranteed to get a theme with every puzzle.  You are guaranteed that there will be no roman numerals or compass directions and a bare minimum of sloths, regardless of toe-count.  You are not guaranteed any money back if you are not satisfied, but whaddayawant from a free puzzle.  As a special for downloading today, you get the “lite” version, with 20% fewer mistakes in the clues.  (We keep our costs down by omitting the professional editor and pass the savings on to you — but our tireless review panel keep us honest.)  The same review panel has reported that the challenge level of this puzzle sits solidly at “Wednesday” on the NYT difficulty scale.  However, YMMV.

Look for downloads in the usual formats: either Across Lite or a printable PNG image; and we’ll see you back here next Wednesday.

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Puzzle #42: “Circle Round”

Posted by on 22nd April 2008

Completely round is the perfect pearl the oyster manufactures.
Completely round is the steering wheel that leads to compound fractures.
Completely round is the golden fruit that hangs on the orange tree.
Yes, the circle shape is quite reknowned.
‘Tis sad to say it can be found in the low-down dirty run around
My true love gave to me.
— from “The Ballad of the Shape of Things” by Sheldon Harnick

Puzzle #42Alter your orbits and circle round, for this week’s puzzle celebrates the purest of all geometric shapes.  How so?  That would be telling, but if you enter the ring and go a few rounds with this weeks grid, you should be able to figure it out.  Our panel of experts (to whom we are always grateful) have reviewed the difficulty of this puzzle and confirmed that most clues should fall within your sphere of knowledge, thus putting it at a Wednesday level of difficulty on the classic New York Times scale.

As usual, you can download the puzzle in your choice of format:  either Across Lite or as a printable PNG image.

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Puzzle #41: “Covert Operations”

Posted by on 15th April 2008

“As always, should you or any of your IM force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Jim.”
— Mission Impossible

Puzzle #41Since it’s Wednesday again, you know what your mission is, and it’s far from impossible.  Simply download this puzzle in the format of your choice — Across Lite format or printable PNG image — and solve it at your leisure.  If you choose to accept it, you will find that it ranks roughly a “Wednesday”  level of difficulty. And, as the man said above, “good luck”.

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Shameless plug #1: KnotWize Celtic Knot Designer

Posted by on 12th April 2008

shameless-knot.pngWe apologize for the lack of a puzzle in this post, but we want to take a moment to put on our other hats as representatives of Beekeeper Labs, and point out a new page/application that we just put up over on our main siteKnotWize is  a nifty little interactive Java applet that lets you create and modify celtic knotwork designs (like the one you see here).  It’s colorful, configurable, and free to use — and the designs you create are (of course) yours to use as you like.  Make picture frames, cross-stitch designs, or just hypnotic mazes to mystify your dog, cat, or 5-year-old.

Don’t worry, though, we haven’t forgotten that this blog is supposed all about crosswords —  you’ll get your usual fix on Wednesday with no commercial interruptions.

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Puzzle #40: “Beware the Ides”

Posted by on 8th April 2008

Puzzle #40Once again we gather together, pencils in our hands, to celebrate the arrival of a new crossword.  Some come with dictionaries held before them, or with the mighty Google toolbar in hand, while others seek to rely upon their wits alone, perhaps unaided by even a simple eraser.  Yet all are welcome to join in the feast.

This week’s offering is relatively straightforward, having been rated as a “Tuesday” on the NYT difficulty scale.  It can, as always, be downloaded in a choice of formats: either as an Across Lite file or as a printable PNG image.  Pick your favorite format, and let the solving begin.

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Puzzle #39: “Um…. Er….”

Posted by on 2nd April 2008

Puzzle #39Well, here we are again with another new puzzle.  What do we have to say about it?  Um….  Er….  It’s a puzzle.  And it’s new.  It’s free, it’s themed, and we figure it runs somewhere around a Wednesday level of difficulty.  Beyond that, we’ll let you try it for yourself and draw your own conclusions.

As always, the puzzle is available in two different formats: either as an Across Lite file or as a printable PNG image.  Enjoy!

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