Monday, July 17, 2017

PUZZLE #135: Drop Tower 4

PUZZLE #135
DROP TOWER 4

When I had my test solver try out my previous "Drop Tower" puzzle, he suggested that I leave the Tower completely blank rather than having the first and last rows revealed. I kept that in mind, so now here's a new "Drop Tower" with two more clues than before!

Starting with an 8-letter word on top of the "tower", drop one letter and rearrange the rest to form a 7-letter word. Continue this process until only a 2-letter word remains. Since the tower is completely blank, use the randomly-ordered clues to figure out the words that go in each row.

Once the grid is completely filled in, look inside it for this week's FINAL ANSWER: a five-letter word that can be read going down and in a straight diagonal line.


CLUES
* 1989 hit for the B-52's (HINT: It's not "Love Shack")
* Country that contains Transylvania
* Famed Dolphins quarterback Dan
* Financial adviser Suze
* Friz Freling or Tex Avery, e.g.
* Egyptian sun god
* Kayak paddler

Once you think you know what the FINAL ANSWER is, send it to either redhead64@chartermi.net or itsredhead64@gmail.com (though I'm more likely to check the second one) and I'll put your name on a solvers list once I post the answers in about two weeks. You can also use those email addresses to give me some comments and feedback (or get a hint from me in exchange for a "hint star", more details for that are on the sidebar to the right) or send me the answer to last week's puzzle, if you haven't already figured it out. If you have a printer and want to solve this puzzle on paper, just head below the break for a version you can print out!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

ANSWERS: Mixed Doubles 4

It's been almost two weeks since I've posted my fourth "Mixed Doubles" puzzle, so that means it's time for me to list the people who have solved it since then:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Lynn Sweeney ***
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Mom ****
  • Debbie Benford ****
Now just head below the break for the answers!

Monday, July 10, 2017

PUZZLE #134: Crypticrostic

PUZZLE #134
CRYPTICROSTIC

Below is an Anacrostic with no spaces. Using normal Anacrostic rules, work back and forth between it and the clues to completely fill it out. However, all the clues are in cryptic crossword style, meaning that each clue has two halves: a definition of the answer and an indication of the answer's literal makeup via wordplay. Either half may come first, and finding the dividing point between them is the key to solving the clues. For a list of cryptic clue types, you can get one through this link.

Once you're done, the Anacrostic will reveal a cryptic clue that will lead you to the FINAL ANSWER: A 10-letter name.

__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63

Mr. Kingsley, electricity suits fundraising events [8]
   __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
   49 29 18 45 22 61 13 56

Comes across 70's dance music lyric that's unfinished [9]
   __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
   48 02 34 57 23 37 30 08 41

Weary old flame damages used hat [9]
   __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
   50 31 14 55 42 05 26 38 60

Bare fury spoiled the shortest month [8]
   __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
   43 58 20 53 07 17 24 40

Italian city's endless history is found in barricade [8]
   __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
   09 39 04 46 21 59 32 15

Cartoon cat's kid upended stadium [8]
   __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
   63 06 10 51 36 25 16 01

Rapper who voiced Gangstalicious in The Boondocks is most nearly fed up [3, 3]
   __ __ __ __ __ __
   28 11 35 19 54 44

Hopeful one-off has a source for gold [7]
   __ __ __ __ __ __ __
   03 52 12 27 62 33 47

If you want to request a version of this puzzle with spaces included in the Anacrostic, you can always email me and ask for one, though it'll cost you one of your four "hint stars" I've given to each solver.

Anyways, once you think you know what the FINAL ANSWER is, send it to either redhead64@chartermi.net or itsredhead64@gmail.com (though I'm more likely to check the second one) and I'll put your name on a solvers list once I post the answers in about two weeks. You can also use those email addresses to give me some comments and feedback (or get a hint from me in exchange for a "hint star", more details for that are on the sidebar to the right) or send me the answer to last week's puzzle, if you haven't already figured it out. If you have a printer and want to solve this puzzle on paper, just head below the break for a version you can print out!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

ANSWERS: Pieces of Nine: Much Harder Edition

Remember how I had eight solvers for my "Section Six 4" puzzle? Well, the puzzle following that, Grant Fikes' "Pieces of Nine: Much Harder Edition", must've lived up to its title, as that number halved. See for yourself:
  • Eric Maddy ***
  • Lynn Sweeney ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Mom ****
If you want to know the answers, just head below the break for that as well as a couple solver comments.

Monday, July 3, 2017

PUZZLE #133: Mixed Doubles 4

PUZZLE #133
MIXED DOUBLES 4

If you're one of my Patrons on Patreon, you'd probably know that a Crypticrostic was originally scheduled for this week. However, after making this Mixed Doubles puzzle, I've decided to post that instead, since tomorrow is Independence Day here in America, and one of the clues involves that holiday, so I'd figured it'd be more appropriate. So look for my Crypticrostic next week on this blog, and let's get to the directions for this week's puzzle!

Each answer word in this crossword variation has two clues leading to it, using different meanings of the word. The clues are separated into Across and Down, but are otherwise ordered randomly. When you find two Across clues or two Down clues that seem to have the same answer, add up their clue numbers to determine the place in the grid where the answer should be entered. For example, if the clue for 1-Across and the clue for 16-Across both have the same answer, the answer would go in the box labeled 17 (1+16). To make things harder, tags such as "Hyph." and "2 wds." have been omitted.

There is one extra clue in both lists of Across and Down clues. This week's FINAL ANSWER is the answer to both of the extra clues, which you can get by rearranging the letters in the grid's pink squares.


ACROSS
1) Relative range of an instrument
2) 2012 Presidential drama starring Daniel Day-Lewis in his third Oscar-winning role
3) The "R" in MTV's TRL
4) Venomous viper
5) Wanda's husband in The Fairly Oddparents
6) The Treasure State's capital
7) Rambunctious tyke
8) Alt-rock band who did the theme song to The Adventures of Pete & Pete
9) Continental car company
10) Inquiry
11) Furniture spray made by S.C. Johnson
12) Someone who does sums
13) ABC drama featuring Olivia Pope
14) Carnival attraction with warped mirrors
15) Actress Bonham Carter
16) Messy kids' game show hosted by J.D. Roth
17) Cashier's cashbox
18) Solemn promise
19) The brightest star in the Little Dipper
20) Watergate or Whitewater, e.g.
21) Women's magazine, for short

DOWN
1) Unemphasized, like a syllable
2) L.A. basketball team once based in San Diego
3) Popeye's girlfriend
4) So-so
5) Martini garnish
6) PlayStation 3 game where you play as Cole MacGrath and use his electric superpowers for good or evil
7) Tool that makes drawing circles a lot easier
8) Magnetic navigational instrument
9) Bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers
10) Small producer of a big bang on July 4th
11) Not under any burden
12) Unpopped popcorn pieces
13) Annual county festival
14) Thousand-year period
15) Shred cheese
16) Small nuggets of truth
17) Backstreet Boys album containing "I Want It That Way"
18) Notorious
19) Aggravate, like an annoying voice
20) Tool for trimming toenails
21) Bulldog's bane

Once you think you know what the FINAL ANSWER is, send it to either redhead64@chartermi.net or itsredhead64@gmail.com (though I'm more likely to check the second one) and I'll put your name on a solvers list once I post the answers in about two weeks. You can also use those email addresses to give me some comments and feedback (or get a hint from me in exchange for a "hint star", more details for that are on the sidebar to the right) or send me the answer to last week's puzzle, if you haven't already figured it out. If you have a printer and want to solve this puzzle on paper, just head below the break for a version you can print out!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

ANSWERS: Section Six 4

It's been almost two weeks since I've posted "Section Six 4", and I was kinda surprised that eight people have solved it since then. Take a look:
  • Grant Fikes ****
  • Sam Levitin ****
  • Lynn Sweeney **
  • Chris Hendricks ****
  • Mom: 0 stars (she stinks at scrambling, and had no idea what she was doing throughout this puzzle)
  • Debbie Benford ****
  • Eric Maddy ****
  • Alex Milton ****
Now head below the break for the answers!