Beekeeper Crosswords Themed Puzzles from Beekeeper Labs

July 2, 2009

Puzzle #103: “Trident Please”

Filed under: Uncategorized — @ 2:07 am

The joys of being a crossword constructor are a mixed bag. Slaving over a cantankerous grid trying to get just the right fill can be satisfying or frustrating depending on your mood and how soon you have to publish the danged thing. Finding a clue for OLEO that hasn’t been used 500 times already is mostly just annoying. However, sometimes you get to write a clue like “Circumnavigatory desire?” (39 across). [No, the answer isn’t OLEO. Try to keep up with me here.] There just aren’t a lot of other avocations in which you can use a word or a phrase like that one, much less be able to justify doing so. Such rewards are just bound to brighten a cruciverbalist’s day. (We’ve heard tell, however, that some people think us a bit eccentric. We’re not sure why.)

Title: Trident Please
Difficulty: Thursday
Download: Across Lite or printable PNG (w/ solution)


  1. “Circumnavigatory desire”? Why, that could only mean “EASY PASSAGE”!

    No, it doesn’t?



    Back to square one…

    Comment by Tuning Spork — July 6, 2009 @ 1:58 am

  2. Okay.

    I’ve spent about twenty minutes doing this puzzle and we need to talk.

    Comment by Tuning Spork — July 6, 2009 @ 2:06 am

  3. I tried it again and if it weren’t for the check feature I never would have completed the north-east, center-east and south-east sections. I had to use the reveal feature for 12-D to get a foothold. Never heard of her.

    I don’t understand the clue for 53-D/11-D. 37-D’s a bit of a pate-scratcher, as well.

    The rest of the puzzle was right up my alley.

    Comment by Tuning Spork — July 8, 2009 @ 1:29 am

  4. I just got it — at 5:00 am. “An 11-Down” Duh! **smacks palm painfully into forehead** That’s what I get for solving your puzzle when it’s past my bedtime. Well played.

    Comment by Tuning Spork — July 8, 2009 @ 4:16 am

  5. Well, you *did* ask for tougher challenges. I’m glad to oblige. 🙂

    I’ll freely admit that 37-D is mostly crossword-ese — we try to avoid it, but sometimes it slips in when we get ambitious with our grids. As for 12-D, she’s not a crossword stand-by, but she’s starting to show up in pop culture. Ask any “Legend of Zelda” fan and they’ll have no trouble with the “horse” connection.

    Comment by keeper — July 8, 2009 @ 2:30 pm

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