Grid art

A personal look at some memorable grid patterns

Unlike most of the pages on this site, this list is completely subjective. It's a collection of grid patterns that caught my eye for one reason or another. As you explore this web site, look for "thumbnail" links that take you to more collections with interesting properties.

See Visual Puzzles for a different take on artistic grids.

Click any thumbnail to see the full view. Hover over a grid to see the author. Across Lite links are included when available.

Sat 7/18/2015
RESPROMA
DACHAAVOID
VETOESMAORIS
DECANTSOLDBATS
ANATOLIANSABOU
SALAMANCAILLIN
TESTINGSOCLOCK
CDIANA
ALADDINSENDSON
GOTRESTSTROPHE
AURICLETHEMAGI
STELLARAILERON
SALINETRACED
RINDSETTAS
NESTDYER
Does anybody really know what time it is? According to Joe Krozel, it's 1:30.   [Across Lite, PDF]
★POW Wed 3/25/2015
ATOASTDELAWARE
NUDGEDENAMORED
OPERASESTEEMED
IDESRUINOVA
ECOEENPRES
AHAENDBAY
SUVNEILEENSY
ALATONGANSHOE
UNPENASIMORB
TEDTAIWEB
SAGAPCTCRS
TVACLAWCAST
AIRPLANETHRESH
RADIATORREDNO2
KNEEDEEPIDIDSO
What, you don't think this is an accurate rendering of a nude woman descending a staircase? It's as least as good as the Duschamp painting that inspired this grid.   [Across Lite, PDF]
Tue 2/17/2015
CATBAGSGABPOM
HMOOONAACEYAO
OATXRAYRCARHO
WHOLETTHEDOGSOUT
ORAISEULT
ARLOTANNERIES
SEEKOUSTENNE
SAMOANTACT
IDUNNOCRAT
STREETAMPMHOSE
TOSSESNCOSEWER
BLOODHOUND
PIPEBREADTOAST
UKESATALLHUSKY
GENTDONEESTAIR
Bruce Haight marks the beginning of the 2015 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show with this Scottish Terrier grid.   [Across Lite, PDF]
Tue 1/6/2015Joel FaglianoNotches were removed from the sides of this grid to emphasize the double-helix suggested by the remaining black squares.   [Across Lite, PDF]
Sun 9/7/2014ALL-ENCOMPASSING
RICHETAUPETEAMS
CELLARISWARVACATE
JUNKETSAKELASTOREUP
APAAHASAREOPERLGA
FOULWATHERORSONWLLES
ALLAHZENODELTQUANT
RATSONSVUIDOCUSSES
SUEDINNERSHAH
ASPSOAPEDTETRISOTO
REARENDEDWHICHEVER
TWENWEYAWD
SEASCAPESMISTLETOE
YINORDEALBORNEOERR
EMMAMASERLASH
SCRAMSSUNFEESTASIS
ALEROAPEDUSDAIVANA
BOLLWEVILSDONTSWATIT
EVAELANLEDATOPIDA
RETINALGIRLSIRATELY
SETSTOADWEKRECITE
STEENBETSYENEMY
This one looks like a compass with or without the graphic in the center.   [Across Lite, PDF]
Thu 8/14/2014
LTDSERRPALS
SHOPALEAHOLIC
DELIBEPIERATE
GENTVALLEBEN
TAOSAIRDARE
EMUCITROENMAR
LETMEBEANOMALY
REEDDEMO
DELILAHTRAITOR
EMOOMICRONOBI
LEARGREHOED
UNDERHUSPASS
IDIDNWITTDOIT
SENDSASLANOTE
EDGYYEEONYX
Every successful grid construction has to be carefully engineered. This puzzle takes that notion literally.   [Across Lite, PDF]
Fri 8/8/2014
GANGNAMLEAPSAT
AMERICAOILRICH
SOMETHINGSFISHY
OREEDYSASTER
HOSESOSMISO
OSISONEUPSNOI
LOSERSTAILEND
ROCNGO
ALLTHATSONNETS
LEEERITUINRE
ATANSTANCAD
MINEDRUBEALIA
ONTHEWATERFRONT
DOORMATLOOKSEE
ENSUITETOPSEED
Bruce Haight has three little fishies swim upstream in this Friday puzzle with a visual theme.   [Across Lite, PDF]
Mon 3/30/2015
JOYWHOBBC
LUREIREDAYLA
BIRDSOFAFEATHER
BEYASPGOOSE
QUOPROPREPOSE
FOEICEKEN
EYREGNUSRODS
FLOCKTOGETHER
OSURAPABBES
XERPITAPLAYAT
PIEPALCSI
CECEHELIBRER
CLEARFORTAKEOFF
AIRMAILONEHOUR
ROSETTASTARKLY
He followed that up the next year with geese flying north-west.   [Across Lite, PDF]
Sun 11/27/2011YIN/YANG
DEMOSHINEHOMERRAMA
OLAVABNERENOLAOFIT
RIDEHOTANDHEAVYURGE
KHANAMELIASTEGOSAUR
SUMMERBREEZESUDSIER
ITAENDSNEEDLE
FILTHHARIAAHSSAO
UNITMOROSEYOUDUFOS
MSGCONSULSDONNATRE
ATHATEGAPRIYALHAT
NATRHYTHMSENATEELP
CTALEMONPEATENDEI
HESARONIENMASSEAXE
USAFSONGUSENETTRAC
FOBNEHIERINASKME
SHERYLSTDSSHU
COASTALOLDMANWINTER
ONTHENOSEARCHIEAWRY
OSHACAUGHTACOLDMIRA
THEMINIGOBOYLEIRON
SUREASTONSOSASSLRS
The juxtaposition of opposites in this one makes for a lovely grid.   [Across Lite, PDF]
★POW Tue 3/4/2014
DRDOOMIBMPC
JARULEBRAID
EVENEREARNS
DISCOVERINGIDA
SSEDINEETAT
AHIAWAYBLARE
BENJAMINQUELLS
EDGEDINFURCOAT
LADPRINT
GOFLYSHADRODS
EUROAMENIBET
ITASKUNKSCALA
SENSEIOLDTIMER
HACKITMISSTATE
ATEASESNLYSER
That's a kite flying up to the right.   [Across Lite, PDF]
★POW Thu 6/19/2014
OPECTHEOCSEMI
POLOTIARAPROS
TWENTYQUESTIONS
SEPTALHOTTEA
RHOSGMCGAIT
ALARTRIOSNCIS
PINTHADUPDAZE
ENTICINGLYPREX
RESOUNDEDPOTSY
NEAPSAOL
MELISSADELIRIA
ONESTARORISONS
TOOTIREDTOTHINK
ERNCANITBELAS
TMIKITTIESETO
SEASLSESTDEF
This asymmetric grid includes TWENTY QUESTIONS.   [Across Lite, PDF]
Sun 5/11/2014FOR MOTHER
TARPHOPIHAREMJONES
STEELDRUMUNITEOVOLO
PLATELETSBINETEENSY
PCTTOMBDREWBREES
MOMISAACNOHIT
OHHENUTRIAREDHEAD
NAPASGRUDGEDTERESA
GREYSOERSOWNORTH
POLEBARNAKANANWOOL
CLARABOWTOVTRESS
SSNLODEIRASHIPADS
LEUMIOENTOLLFREE
COLATAGNATALLIANCE
ATEUPNHLGARTRE
TONGUETEACARTMOM
SHIHTZUSHORTIEMAI
LARDSAUDENMEANT
PALISADESNEROORBIT
LEONIEXISTINDICATED
URGEDRULERAMERICANA
GOOSESPLAYLENSISSY
MOM is spelled out in blocks in this Mother's Day 2014 grid by Peter Collins.   [Across Lite, PDF]
Fri 7/27/2012
PEPCIDLACERATE
APASSAGETOINDIA
DISPUTEDBORDERS
USTAARIANELEE
ATONEMENTSSAMI
NERMINTSICIAN
MAPONTOCREDIT
SOLATESPHONENO
ILENESSOONEST
DOPEDDENSELET
EGISCENTERLANE
WISLEADINOMAN
ACTSINDIFFERENT
YALTACONFERENCE
SLEETINGWASTED
This amazing grid by Joe Krozel has only 17 blocks — a record.   [Across Lite, PDF]
Fri 3/11/2005
BEATSADEADHORSE
ETHNOCENTRICITY
EVENINGTHESCORE
TOAEERIESTREL
LIDADACESKIWI
ELORODELEGATED
SAFARIEDDEBARS
BENDNUMB
DORIANTOPMASTS
ANECDOTALALPHA
MEGACUBITAUER
ACABERATERNRA
GETSONESIRISHUP
ENTENTECORDIALE
STARSINONESEYES
Former champion Manny Nosowsky created this 19-block puzzle.   [Across Lite]
Sat 6/29/2013
CHAPPRIM
VOICEDSEEGER
LETTERCSTEANNE
OUTSKIPHURLING
GRIMIERADSITES
STANDTOREASON
EDGARWINTER
PAINT
HEARINGDOGS
HANGINGAROUND
LATTICEBILLERS
EVERTOREVILEYE
NOSEATSDETERGE
OCTETSRETEAM
SOSOSSRS
This grid has the lowest word count at 50.   [Across Lite, PDF]
Fri 1/21/2005
ULSTERLAPCAT
PICAROSTOPRATE
SEAMISTRUPERTS
ENTICERADEPTAT
TOTASTEDEALERS
REMOTESENSORS
DINETTESETS
VED
HERMETICISM
RAREINSTANCES
FERNANDINHALED
ACDELCOONELANE
ROISTERNORANDA
CUSTERSSNIGGER
EPHORSSTEERS
This one with 52 words set the previous record in 2005.   [Across Lite]
Thu 9/9/2010
AMIDAIDASEVEN
DAVEBREDDEICE
DRAMCAPITALELL
ULNASQUEAKWIL
COHNTUXKEPI
TWODASHESPERSE
SEESTARSRINSES
OKSPUN
PSALMSPENCASES
ACRESSLASHMARK
SRTAGNUALOE
SIRAROMASTASE
APOSTROPHEOMIT
ITOUTZESTRIVE
COMMAEROSYSER
Every square is used in this puzzle. The groups of black squares must be interpreted typographically.   [Across Lite]
Fri 12/10/2010
NARCSSALESTAGS
AMOLEPOOLTABLE
PECANALLSEWNUP
INKSTERSETA
EROSIVEINSGAR
RANAMOKNETAMA
ENEMORITAT
JOHNNYONENOTE
BORATESTASERED
LEERHTS
ITSABEMIRED
POTSASARULE
PRESCHOOLRENES
ERIECANALKNICK
DEADSPOTSSECTS
You can tell this is an Elizabeth C. Gorski grid just by looking at it.   [Across Lite]
Thu 4/5/2012
MASSIFNARYJET
AGASSIODIEOLE
GAMEOFCHESSCAP
THOLESKYE
FAQSHOWERSCENE
LEUMICHHAYES
ARIOSECKENS
BYLOTERADIME
TRIBOAVALON
ADDINRDELKIN
PRESELECTEDSLA
ROSHEARED
OVIRACINGFLAGS
NEGESTEARAMIS
SSNFESSROBOTS
This Gorski grid has a checkerboard at the center.   [Across Lite, PDF]
Fri 3/27/2015
BIGMACREPEALS
ENRICOOPENSUP
ALAMORTLEADSTO
TABERNACLECHOIR
STSNEBOHORSE
MIALINPUTTS
ENTITESISS
UTAHSTATE
ISAATMSSHH
TASESOASHOI
IPODSGRIMASP
LATTERDAYSAINTS
STOOLIESTINKAT
IONBEAMENCAGE
TWEEDLEDEARER
Lots of UTAHs in this one.   [Across Lite, PDF]
Fri 8/24/2012
GARAGESALES
TACITAPPROVAL
EIGHTTRACKTAPES
PERYEARASININE
PRUENE
SOLARASSPUTNIK
DESERTCLIMATE
OCTAGONAL
PARTITIONSOFF
MOTTOESPASSELS
ALTROM
PYRITESITSTRUE
SPIDERSOLITAIRE
STORMTHEGATES
ELPASOTEXAS
Here's a big number 8.   [Across Lite, PDF]
Fri 12/2/2005
ATWTATIPMANES
DRESSREHEARSALS
MISAPPROPRIATES
INTROSPAMBICS
TIEISEEEPCOT
TRULYSADANRA
URNSNEONREAIM
NOODLESNORELCO
ITMAYSPAROPTS
TOEITERCACAO
LLANOOLAFSAW
SUEDPITALOTSA
HETEROSEXUALITY
INTELLIGENCEMEN
VEERSNEROSERE
No two black squares touch, not even at the corners.   [Across Lite]
Thu 5/17/2012
USEDCARTALIBAN
GONEAPEWRITEME
ARTUROSOTOOLES
NEWMATHIINSIST
DIVORCE
ASSHEEGOSURFS
NOTELLONEBASE
RESPECT
TELSTARSLEETS
ASSISTONERNST
TROUBLE
MERIDENTRAVAIL
EXECUTEMINICAM
SPEAKERESOBESO
HOTNESSGENESIS
Consecutive letters of the theme answers are appropriately disconnected.   [Across Lite, PDF]
Sun 5/29/2011YOU'LL GET THROUGH THIS
QUAKERSRINGBELLSSFPD
ENVELOPIRAEINOILTRUE
DEADASANAILPOWERLOCK
SLAYDIVAENCE
SCHSETCALCOTIS
AREEARNERORURAL
BOAPREYERATOUSNA
ESTACDCOUTGAMESSTEM
RTESLSTCROSTINESEXY
SIDEATALOSSESTDRPTS
ANILMAXIMAS
WINAPRIZEPRISMWANE
HOLDTHEOPEN
BOPSNADAATISSUEEPIC
ALOTAVERTJOETNTSEGA
CLOYVANCEJEDITISAHS
KALEALOHAMENURBI
HOTELMANEDGETON
DORMONEDAMOORG
RHEAROBSASEA
ABCDOZAWATRAPSPIDERS
FOURSEDANHAIRHARDHIT
TYRESEEYAALLYEMERSON
By contrast, black squares divide this grid into 16 seemingly-independent sections.   [Across Lite, PDF]
Thu 4/29/2010
DODOSMSTDEBUG
ERECTISAERASE
EACHANSWERHASAN
ORNOTKEYAGE
JAMESIIWADDLES
ESPWORRY
SWOOPZENMASTER
TASSOODDTOOTH
SNEAKINTOENTRY
GECKOHEM
VALERIEAPPEASE
EREBEDTOAST
NUMBEROFLETTERS
UBOATUTAHENNA
SANDSTDSSEDAN
This grid looks odd. It should. Every answer has an odd length.   [Across Lite]
Thu 7/8/2010
ADIDASRCAS
NUMERALSJUAREZ
IMPERIALUNBENT
SPUMANTEGELATI
EREIREFSECOL
REDGRAVECOVE
NOVELSADES
BONSAILEHRER
LIDOMARACA
EGOSTESTINGS
SAMEDANLRENU
SPERRYFEELWARM
OPTIONREVIEWER
FLENSEOPENLATE
ERGSNESTED
Not to be outdone, John Farmer responded with this unusual grid. Every answer has an even length. Every word of every clue is even as well.   [Across Lite]
Tue 2/23/2010
APERTURESSABOT
VALENTINECLIME
ILLATEASEALFIE
SPAMUPDRAFTS
VASEYIN
ETALIAEEENMAT
MESSCALLSGLACE
MPAASEATSERIN
YENTACHAPLAINS
SEANOTTEENAGE
GNUCEDE
ALOUETTEMUIR
LEOIXALLUDESTO
AMPLELIONESSES
SASESLANDFORMS
Joanne Sullivan's debut grid included a visual geology lesson.   [Across Lite]
Mon 7/9/2007
MAMMALYESMAAM
ERITREAARREARS
SEASTARCATNAPS
IONSHOAD
ALANISATFETC
COLASPBSDROOP
COLIAIDCOSELL
ENEOCTOPUSROE
NIGGLEMOPTINA
TERRAJEDSINES
SOOTINSINGLE
WORNTHEY
ROADTAXBARTABS
PRAIRIEARRIERE
MARMOTSIAMSAM
Peter Collins created this scary OCTOPUS with eight ARMs.   [Across Lite]
Sun 7/25/2004CUED IN
FAQAPPALLEDITCRUD
ECUOCEANICEURORARE
ITIWHERETHERESAQUILL
NICKNOLTEARIDAXL
TOKEOEILIMEANITBBL
SNEESRASMARTASAQUIP
RNSSLITENTRUSTS
EBBETSSNOREDHIE
PEANUTSSWEDISHERI
ERSPOINTQUAKEFOREST
EEKINSERTCREWELLEE
STEADYQUIRKIGETAEES
STSORDAINSRATTAIL
TANEXMATESHASTA
IRRITATEISNTEVE
QUARTZANDALLDHLEQUI
SECAIRRAGESORERUPP
EXCORESPROMENADE
HOWTHEQUESTWASWONVAC
AJARLETTANTEINGETA
GOYAIDEOTWEENSREC
I like the graceful curve running down the middle of this one...   [Across Lite]
Fri 12/10/2004
ASSOCIATEDPRESS
THEBACHELORETTE
FIRSTHANDREPORT
ARIESSONAR
UKESATBAYTINA
LESSCREDITAGT
TRIESHARDERNEE
SAINTOLAF
DAGSECONDCLASS
RUESVELTEACTI
ORTSASTORTEEN
PEEPSATTIC
LOVEANDMARRIAGE
ELECTRICTOASTER
TENSEATMOSPHERE
and the two hooks about to latch here.   [Across Lite]
Sat 2/14/2004
FLIESATHALFMAST
LOSTONESBALANCE
ADLAIESTEVENSON
TEASETSLISTENS
WENHOLEE
POPULACE
AMERICANSPANISH
RESIDENTIALAREA
CROSSREACTIVITY
PASSESAS
FANGLIKE
IFORONEANILIDE
ALBERTALLIGATOR
TEETERTOTTERING
SALESASSISTANTS
A grid that looks like a post-modern masterpiece. It has only 17 Across clues!   [Across Lite]
Fri 5/20/2011
GIGISCHWAUMBO
AMINOREADSALA
ROADCONGASDAK
TUNECARONCAKE
HTTPEKINGOMEN
SEARETNA
OPENPANDORASBOX
READONESFORTUNE
INTERNALAUDITOR
UNTOSETT
MERCUNCAPUEYS
ARTENOOILTROT
MILDCOMMAIFWE
IKEAENIACOLIN
EASYRENTENYET
Another artistic one.   [Across Lite, PDF]
Fri 10/28/2011
SOCIALDARWINISM
ARUNFORTHEMONEY
FORGIVEMEFATHER
EZRTEASETSENO
RCASBEAN
ONESTARHOTELS
TALEBEARERS
GORANGERS
BRAINTEASER
TRANSGENDERED
BRAMKTEL
AAHANTIGUNACA
ACMECORPORATION
LEASTRESISTANCE
SYSTEMSANALYSTS
This one's nice.   [Across Lite, PDF]
Sat 3/18/1995
MOONOVERPARADOR
ALTERONESCOURSE
HEARTOFDARKNESS
AGRODOYLETWIT
LSUFOREMANSEE
BLOCIGET
ANALYSECEMENTS
BUNDTEXIST
ANAGRAMPESTLES
SAMELOIS
CDRPATROLSBBC
PRIMTHEEIROLL
LOVELEADSTHEWAY
UPAROUNDTHEBEND
SALESRESISTANCE
This one is pretty too.   [Across Lite]
Thu 4/12/2012
NSAHAMELBARBQ
ATLOLIVEABORT
AOLRANEEDUBAI
CLARABARTONESP
PINETARIDEA
DIMEDESMOND
LABCOATESSENCE
ACERREAL
THROATSLEXICAL
SEISMICEXEC
SILOAERATOR
SPABLOODDONORS
KABULTRIOSNEV
ISUZUENNUIGAP
SATIERESTSADD
The plus sign here turns out to be a red cross.   [Across Lite, PDF]
Fri 9/7/2007
STOPSINQUIVIVE
HOPINTOUNMORAL
IREPEATACUTELY
ANNEEAFRSELES
TOSSBRUTEDARE
SUEFRIZZLENIE
UTAHJAZZELUDES
MONEYBAGS
RECORDMENISCUS
EPADECAGONRKO
NILEDOTERBARN
ETONSAHNCONAN
GORETEXTWINKIE
EMIRATELARGENT
DECOYEDENCODES
This lovely grid pattern is popular, appearing 9 times in my database. Here's the most recent.   [Across Lite]
Sat 8/19/2006
KOPUNCHGIGOLOS
IRONOREEVIDENT
PITCREWTENDSTO
SNLDEEJAYSAHL
BOUTDRUGBEL
ACCRASSRSURGE
YOKELSTIEONEON
POWERPACK
GOFIGURETHEMGS
AVIDMILOSPARE
TEXCANSTREX
ERINSIXTUSTAP
MANAGEDALLRISE
EGGROLLPLAINER
NESCAFEEATDIRT
This one has 9 occurrences too, all from the same constructor: Bob Peoples.   [Across Lite]
Sun 7/1/2007DIAMOND JUBILEE
ASPIRATORSSTIMULANT
ELIMINATEDOPERASERIA
FIELDTRIPSPARKRANGER
PDASOSSEDLUG
SATBYAFTSNBASTAR
OTTERCAIROLGAAHSO
MRERAINMANSARAISON
SERBDIKMOLDIEREINE
KARATSADENOONTARGET
METHSRAEEREOSNYS
TESTATEWHOSONF
ASASIRARMEHSARTI
FORGETITGOBADSPURNS
ELMOEARLOBEETSNACL
WOODSTYEINVADESCOO
NUDEEMELEHRSASKME
GRENADEDETSSTOMP
SIPGOHSKYMEL
GRASSSKIRTGROUNDBEEF
NOVELETTESSILHOUETTE
POSSESSESUNENDORSED
Sports themes have inspired some unusual grids. Here's a baseball diamond...   [Across Lite]
Sun 3/19/2006ALWAYS FELT THIS WAY
PWATCHOPENSEAHOTP
SAHARAERRATUMOLAV
ISOMERNOTRAREOSTE
ZOOMSMOVEITREHEAT
ENTITLEESTEICANSO
ASAAMOCO
SPERMBANKARAESPO
CACAOSNAPOPENZHOU
ALOTOFASOFLEGREST
GENERICBOFFNEARTO
REVISALLEGOREF
PPCSEIGHTBALLAIRP
KIAEMITALTOIDS
NEPALISABEISEENOW
ICERINKFLAPHAVETO
FERNUNCLETOMNEVIN
ESSOTOOSPICERACK
GETITENS
POINTBFOODDATSUNS
INDOORFEVERSHANOI
COLDEDUCATEYELLED
KNEEAERATEDETOILE
PERSKEEPERSPANTSP
this one is a pool table...   [Across Lite]
Sun 3/27/2011GET READY TO ROLL
BUSYREPASTSSSR
ALPESTARSPOTPTA
GADSUSSENATENAG
SNOOPGYSERPBERS
CREAMWARETART
AITARAILMOOD
TROMPINTROSSCAT
UNREPAMOIASU
BASALAMSTELSBOT
TEARUPNEOGENE
CHEWGASLITLODGE
RAGAOLEICHAY
TIGGERTHOUATIT
NOTABADIDEABOU
FIONAALEROBBGUN
AVGLIMECORDIAL
TESTTAMIRESORT
ADOASAHIEVIE
ATARIUNIQUEBETS
SATPREPOUTSAT
HUPKNOWNASCECIL
EPASONYCARNE
NERFKEEPONUMINN
LEISONEBSESO
AJAXALLABOARD
PLAYALIEDOLAFII
RIDCALLSIGNMOOR
EVETHETIMESBUNK
ZEDSHYSTEROLES
and here we have a bowling alley.   [Across Lite, PDF]
Mon 10/6/2008
ONEGLESDOLLARHBOZONE
POTROASTEUGENEEARLOBES
THEUNITEDSTATESOFAMERICA
NORRIPOSTEBB
SSTINGODWETRUSTAMS
EAUESCTEAACTYOWAAH
GREATSEALWISEBALDEAGLE
GAMMARAYSEVELSTEELDOOR
ONEALXEDYELLAERDOONE
This grid stretches the other direction to represent an American dollar bill.   [Across Lite]
Sun 10/18/2009AHEAD OF THE CURVE
MANETALIENATEDNOIRE
OCEANPATRONAGEOSKAR
THESOLOMONRGUGGENHEIM
HERETICSANTAANA
SETMUSEUMSTR
HIFISSOPRANOSRAFFLE
ONINPIANOTUNERDARTS
TENPOSTMDVIIBARS
TVAITSABARIGTENSE
AILCAYBEGUILEIRK
MTMATSCHAGALLOGLES
AAASIPDAPHNEONELAP
LBJSOASRESGMAORR
ELOONCUEVIRALYEA
SERBSEMITRAILEREDDY
WANKANDINSKYTRW
SPOUSECESSNASSEURAT
EARHARTDEEDIDO
ASKANATALIEWOODIGOR
THOUSPIRALSHAPETHRU
OAFSTAXPREPARERETES
This beautiful puzzle suggests the shape of its theme — the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.   [Across Lite]
Sun 9/1/2013PERSONS OF NOTE
DENZEL1JOGGEDLOUF
ORIOLESSAMURAIBLANC
ONLEAVEPLANETSLATTE
DSLSICHORNECHIMEIN
TASTEDEPELIASASET
HISTORYRETORTS
MACANEYALEMHO
VARIANTJABTAMAEAR
HITITFATIMOFFSTADIA
ARCYOGABAZAARFLIRT
NTHSEEKSACEDTACO
DUBAIREEFEREVANBUR
ROOMERAWAREVELOCITY
USXDOWNQEDARETHAO
BOTSOYACLELAS
PHENOMSHOUSTON
GASLITFEEAREANTED
OCTAGONSWANNEGGKOA
DEATHAALARGEMOANING
ELMO5TSARISTARGONNE
LAPSLINDATGEORGE2
The $ sign in the middle of this grid provides a clue to unusual gimmick in this grid.   [Across Lite, PDF]
★POW Wed 2/12/2014
SHEESHNEPALI
SHARPEIINDIANA
TURNINGTHETRICK
PTAHOIDIA
TKOSNELLPOS
CLICTOTIEOVID
AEROROASTNEVE
TRIMMINGTHETREE
EEKAYE
MACDELOLESST
IDOLIZEMALACHI
SILICONAGEDOUT
TELLINGTHETRUTH
SUITETHANERIE
XESSHUNTMSN
How about some letter puzzles. TTT are the initials for the three theme answers.   [Across Lite, PDF]
Thu 1/1/2004
BETAMAINEARAB
ONERARDORDEMO
SYMBOLFORSULFUR
CAPONREESE
ERABESTIRRED
FARERAGEE
ERATOHOTNUMBER
ACTUPNEEDY
THEMESONGSTAIN
ARIAHAUTE
REFASTENSOPT
ALINERHINE
CONTRACTIONOFIS
EPEEHOARDRUNS
SESSAGREESLOE
Every clue in this one starts with the letter S.   [Across Lite]
Fri 6/17/1994
HERONCAGER
CAYENNEALAMODE
OLDLACERESUMED
MARYUDDERSALE
ANOPELLETSNIN
GELEININT
SHEREDISGOWNS
HENNANOONE
APSISLADASHEN
SEEOBILEU
DAYSLEEVESNBA
EMMAASTINADAM
AMBLERSDELIRIA
FOOTAGEEMINENT
LATERSYNOD
Each clue starts with an H here...   [Across Lite]
Fri 11/10/1995
KOSABODEMBA
RATEMORAYJOEL
UTESICAMEARGO
PERSONALPRONOUN
ARNEBPENNE
BLTHUH
TROLLERENTWINE
SURVIVEACHATES
PERIGEEPLANETS
ARSSEL
ASSETMALAY
SYMBOLFORIODINE
CRIBALGERETNA
AITSSARTOSUES
PAHTWEENPET
and an I here...   [Across Lite]
Wed 3/12/2008
ATMPROMOSTACT
BOACOGENTAVOW
CARSTARTERPELE
ESMERAEROE
POETMUDGUARD
RIPSSWANSONG
INCAHODDEAD
AGOGHEDDAEMMY
MOTOEONRAIL
CASHESINORCA
SPELLOUTAKIN
ARNANCASST
LETSCLAMPSHAPE
AGEEHIREONDEN
DORAODISTSDAD
and C here.   [Across Lite]
Fri 5/23/2014
CAROUSESPERF
OVERSTATEOVAL
LATEAUTUMNSEGA
AIRGUNSBODEREK
NLEASTDEGAUSS
DIANAPIZARRO
ENTOGUZZLES
RGSDAZZLEDMPS
TIZZIESWERE
FOOZLERMIXER
HENNAEDVISINE
MONTEROSENECAN
OMNIAUNTIEMAME
PEENTOLDTALES
ERLEBOTANIST
This David Steinberg grid looks like a Z and is full of Zs.   [Across Lite, PDF]
Mon 9/9/2002
BOCATSARJUT
ADAPTATTICONO
WILLATEMPONIN
LEMONLAWTREATY
MGTITCHY
LABORLEADER
AILIRREGULAR
MAPMALAISEOXO
PROPAGATENIT
LINCOLNLOGS
TIETOALB
SITARSLAVALAMP
PGAETHELMONDE
EELDIANAANKLE
DRYCMONGAIN
Every clue in this one starts with L and the black squares make a dozen more Ls.   [Across Lite]
Wed 5/4/2011
ADDSAPARTLORE
DEANCABERODOR
ZITITILDAVETS
FPHONELINEA
PORTWINES
AMIESBANHORAS
MARTSASIINOIL
IDASBLINDGOBI
SANALLEGROSOD
SMIDGERWRITHE
IRESANTP
YESMASTER
BLOWYATESIOWA
BIBIOSTEOEXIT
QUITUTURNDOZE
Five dangling unchecked squares are each cradled by a U made out of blocks in this U-TURN theme.   [Across Lite, PDF]
Thu 5/5/2011
SDAKHARDEMPTY
HOMEGAMESLIRAS
IMONAROLLSMOKE
MERGERSREEFER
RAYODO
KIWICAROBSAT
ASIFOXIDEABAR
HALFNIGERMOMA
NAMENOACTMVPS
CAYIMMADYEAH
CSIOLD
BARACKSWEATER
USOFASWINGVOTE
DIVERPILESINTO
STEWSALLYSEES
Blocks in the next day's grid spell out "Jr" in this puzzle celebrating four famous Juniors.   [Across Lite, PDF]
Sat 6/21/2008
CDTADDRELKS
LOWEAREWEREAP
ANONPREENGAZA
SOMEPEOPLEDOW
PRIMARYELECTION
NYCONOAON
CAULKSSNRIGEL
HITITCLARA
IRENECUBRERAN
DENAPUATT
FIRSTIMPRESSION
UNIMISSTHECUT
TULLPLATAALTE
OSLOELLISTEDS
NESTLEANSOT
The constructor here is Tyler Lewis Hinman, although there's no way to tell from the subtle hint in the grid.   [Across Lite]
Sun 12/5/2004FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL RECORD BOOKS
LOONALAIBIZASTOLE
ETNAMARKTWAINBOREAL
WITHOUTSAYINGTHEWORDI
DOHFSTOPSEABED
ESETEENASPSLOTTLC
REFEEDSWILLIEPOCHAL
OVAJAMAICANREBA
ADUECHERTEEMSHIMON
TURNRAFFLESEQUATOR
EMTSUNFAIRDRUBSNUS
ABHORSERTDIIIHORNE
TWOADOREMUSCLYGOIN
AFFIRMSCANTATALEON
GIJANEOOHSONSOEDNA
ETUIANTIHEROPRO
SELLERSCLINTFRESCOS
TRYMITTLEDFLEATUM
SECRETPRESSRTE
WROTEAONESENTENCEWILL
VANERNSAMMYSOSAANET
ADAMSERASENENGETS
This puzzle has a C made out of circles for Clinton. No, the other one.   [Across Lite]
Tue 10/31/2000
STAMPILSAAXLE
ERRORCULLTREX
METROPOLISRANT
SKYPINUPSAYSO
CHESSSETVEL
PEKOESSOLIDS
CARATSTEPPES
STYXWASINGIGI
PETITESPROUD
ASTROSSEENTO
TAOLESSSURE
LINEDNEHRUESS
ALIAMANOFSTEEL
SOTSIRONEARLE
TREYGERESCOLD
Here's an S for Superman...   [Across Lite]
Sun 4/11/2004WE'RE #2!
ADAPTORAPPLIERSUSAF
RELIEVECRABTREEFIFE
YANKEEDEREKJETEROLGA
ALIENRACESELEVVHS
NICANOSPASNIPEAT
SNOAWSSMASHACORNS
IVEHEARKENSELM
MISDIDAMNESIACPIERS
ABELSSRINTHRODIN
RECYCLEDEXGIOWEAPO
SROABADIODELASLOO
AINROBINXSBASILISK
LADERAGAMARDESTE
ANGLESUPERMANPEWTER
OMNSTENCILSIND
OWLETSROASTTNTALP
REFRACTSSNTAOEER
ACHLOAFOVERCHARGE
TAOSTHEELEMENTHELIUM
ORLYCOLLAGENALLOFME
REEDHELIPORTREDEYED
and a 2...   [Across Lite]
Sun 2/13/2000GROOVY KIND OF LOVE
MASTFACESOMARERRED
ALTOAROMACARANAIVE
YOUMAKEMEFEELBRANDNEW
SECEDEREELSEEING
KIDSASSOONBOSOMS
ADOOHIOTOEINRYES
SINKTURNTOVETSBEA
KEYEDONGROANAHEMS
INONETHRILLSDEMILLE
NEUTERUNFEDREAPPLY
POORSDANTE
ABASHEDHAPPYARCHER
VERMEERNEMESESELOPE
ARECATIEUPALSATIA
TIASCANLEGATEMDCC
SETHNAMESATITISH
SHEBATSURVIVEWAG
LEARNSMAINTINGOD
FEELSLIKETHEFIRSTTIME
APSESPIPEJUNTAETAL
MISDOSPARALTERDYNE
and a heart for Valentine's Day...   [Across Lite]
Fri 7/10/2009
CFOMRS
CREVECOEUR
LAURELSDOLORES
ABERRATIONSGTO
PALESTINEHEIL
SLATHERSSTAPLE
SNOODREHIRE
DUEPRONETO
SHUTPREMARITAL
PUNRELATEENE
IMUSOVINEACTA
TOSCAEECESTOP
TRUECONFESSIONS
EMANANTROSARIO
DELETESSWENSON
and a broken heart for other days.   [Across Lite]
Thu 8/25/1994
TRAFFICBICEPS
REPLICAGROUPIE
INHABITRATRACE
PEERSSTAABUTS
OGLEIPASSSLUR
DEICRABPOTERE
DARROWSLOTTED
BINAUK
CARIBOUACROSS
ARASUBDUESPPD
PAPATONGSLORE
SLITSAAUWINES
TSELIOTSTOPGAP
AERATESTORPEDO
NASSERATFIRST
I think this one is pretty.   [Across Lite]
Sat 7/15/2006
GELLEDABLEST
AQUAVITCRIMEA
SUMMONERROSINS
JAPANESEEATSAT
ETERNITYADESTE
TERRENCEGENIES
ASBESTOS
COSTSASTON
MAITREDS
VALLEEREDSTART
IRISESAPOLOGIA
ALBERTWATERLOO
CEREALLITERATI
ONEDGEREVERES
MESSESDESERT
This one too.   [Across Lite]
Fri 1/4/2008
SCALARIVINS
EASINESSCANOE
EPICTALESUPTHE
MOVIEFONEOHOH
STEADFASTCREPE
ONESTRIPER
WHERESTHEFIRE
SHAMESHEMINS
SCARESTHEHECK
PERPETRATE
INFEREMAILLIST
KERREMBROIDER
EXALTTELESCOPY
TITERDESCENTS
VISESSHYEST
I seem to like pinwheels.   [Across Lite]
Sat 12/15/2001
STICKSWISTER
TENONEDELPASO
INSPIRITBLIMPS
FLATFISHPOKERS
LENIENCEAMELIE
EYECREAMGELETT
RIFENESS
PROMDRESSES
PROPOSAL
RIESENCLERICAL
UNDERSLOVEGAME
GNAWATEVERETTS
RATITESENATORS
ATONERRETINAE
TERESARETAKE
Every answer word in this Frank Longo grid is at least six letters long. This is the only puzzle in my database with this property.   [Across Lite]
Thu 6/19/2008
OTTOSPRANGCAD
NEONHOAGIEIRR
ERRSENFANTGTE
SEEPLEASESAUS
ESSEESAURRS
CATCHAGLIMPSEOF
ICUETTO
LEAGUEERECTOR
OUGHTSREPRESS
GRATESILIESCU
AAATMAC
SEEINGEYECONC
TOLLGATESOKIE
RESILIENTDENS
TENERIS
This Joe Krozel grid is very deceptive.   [Across Lite]
Thu 4/2/2015
CABANASRONAS
OPERETTARESALE
BLEEPOUTEASTLA
UNCAPORTRAITS
SEALIMEOHO
DIEMENON
PARRPCSERASE
ALEEEREOGLED
MUTILATESWOPAT
SPINALTAPAGO
GETEXERCISESAT
RUDIITELLTIA
EDINCOCASINS
DENGKREMEMST
SSSETE
Seven years later, Mr. Krozel teamed up with Timothy Polin to play an anagram game with these letters.   [Across Lite, PDF]
Fri 4/8/2011
NEBSTSK
ALAPCOLDALE
TERRTHEUNKEN
UVEASMILEEEN
RABIDCCSAVE
ATONESFEETBED
LONELIESTDALY
DREDTNTVICE
SIBSFACEMASKS
OSUWATERGLASS
VATASHRILED
ISTSTOWEALAR
ETOHEMANNOTE
TENNERDCWTS
SRSESOS
Black squares here spell out 1961, the year the Berlin Wall was constructed.   [Across Lite, PDF]
Thu 11/7/2002
CONDORIDEST
ONSALENOTURNS
CREAMEDSPANIEL
LONPIRATESESO
ONORCUBESISTO
SETONMAPESTOP
EREBUSNRULERS
BLEWELBA
ANGELASSINEWS
DEERSDIGEDDIE
OWNSMENLOSIZE
NEEFORGOLDFED
ISRAELIVIRGINS
STILTEDEVINCE
CEASESAPPED
This "X Marks the Spot" pirate-themed puzzle by Patrick Merrell has four unchecked compass point squares near the center...   [Across Lite]
Sat 3/7/2009
MORTARANDPESTLE
AVENGERORDERIN
COSTINGSIGNING
HIPODORIZELEA
IDOLSNIDESLOG
NANOSNCOSPINE
ELDUQUESTEINEM
WRUNIANE
ATPEACEUNLEARN
SHIEDLONSTRAT
HEEDLAUDESSTS
ARRDANIELSEAT
BECKETTRIPINTO
LIEOVERGHANIAN
ENDSONASOURNOTE
and this one has N, E, W, and S as unchecked squares on the outer edge. It even looks a little like a compass.   [Across Lite]
Thu 11/22/2007
AWARDSREWASH
SNOWPEAINERTIA
ADULTFILMRATING
FANSOLOMONMTA
ENDOGORENRUSS
STUNTRADSILAS
TEPEESXWAPITI
REXXES
ALDINEXTHELMA
SEUSSSYDAREAS
HOSTPALOSAGES
ANTSILENTBAWE
ROMANNUMERALTEN
PRODUCTEERIEST
APOGEESPINET
There are four unchecked squares in this Oliver Hill grid as well. The two long answers are both clued "See diagram." Diagram? What diagram? Ah...   [Across Lite]
Fri 3/20/2009
CHATERDASASIF
COLATORCHUTNE
CHARACTERACTORS
POBOYTSOHOPES
ATEESSISM
ATMNTSASA
SOAKEDTOTHESKIN
ATSOMEOTHERTIME
FILLINTHEBLANKS
ENAHESGAT
MVPENTGUS
OLMOSCIROBESE
FEELINONESBONES
FIREFREERASAP
SASSCESTATERN
This super-symmetric grid by David Levinson Wilk is particularly attractive...   [Across Lite]
Fri 10/30/2009
FRANCFINGOTTA
TORAHINAOTHER
ONEMOMENTINTIME
RDACALINERPS
DOODOODOODOODOO
FILCENVIG
THESAHARADESERT
OOXTEPLERNON
DUPLEXAPARTMENT
EEKCANHER
STRAITISTHEGATE
OATSATHALTOI
SWIMSUITEDITION
ANSAEEDMNOONE
DYERSSSSERNES
and this one by the same constructor has a record twelve 15-letter answer words. You can see many more examples of syper-symmetry here.   [Across Lite]
Sat 11/14/2009
ANTESYEARSPAN
ZEBRAONMEORNO
TAINTUTESFATS
ELLAPEXMAIZE
CELLULARGARR
ENOSLETIGO
INCOMESTATEMENT
MOONOVERPARADOR
ARRIVEDERCIROMA
MANDARINORANGES
SHEBATMOLE
DELSMESSROOM
SABLEWINSFRO
KIEVMAMAIQUIT
IDEEACEDMUSEE
DEFSJOSEPEELS
Here is the first NYT puzzle with a stack of four 15-letter answers. They're all in the center so, in order to keep it all symmetric, there are 16 rows.   [Across Lite]
Fri 2/12/2010
GEOMETRICSERIES
ACTIVEINTERESTS
THEDESCENTOFMAN
STAINLESSSTEELS
TARFIR
RAJAHSLARCOWS
OZONEEASETRAP
YOUKNOWTHEDRILL
ALLAPOKYAIOLI
LEEJAKECYGNET
JARFOB
ESSENTIALORGANS
TELLSITLIKEITIS
REALESTATEAGENT
EDMONTONESKIMOS
Kevin Der tops that by having two quadruple stacks in a 15x15 grid. There's one more full-width answer dead center.   [Across Lite]
Sun 4/20/2008SPACED OUT
RESYAZLASTSPCAASP
OCTUREUSUALALANMPH
THEAMERICANCENTURYORO
SHOLOMORRAMINOANIT
RKELLYEVERYTHINGMUSTGO
SODAIDSEARESSAI
ZENFRUSTAAFLOW
THECATCHERINTHERYEALSO
EUROPEELOHENMANVAIL
AGOGAXIOMSBOASTODED
ROSSINISMOKEANDMIRRORS
DORMLIVAIRE
JUMPINTOTHEFIRENECKTIE
EROOEATITFLUTIEEAST
TITSOXIDESERRPORTIA
ECHTFIVESTARRESTAURANT
SHEDSESTATERPI
ROASTRANSPYHEEL
VANCOUVERCANUCKSPAIRUP
IBISMINEOYAYLYRICS
JAGINDEPENDENTCOUNSEL
ASHGEOMNAOMIHUTCPI
YETORLYBMOCSROHAD
In April, 2008, John Farmer fit the planets within a solar system circle!   [Across Lite]
Sun 12/28/2008GOING AROUND IN CIRCLES
RONSAWORBITSDOWEL
INARUSHBARNETTIRENE
PULASKIEVILEYEORING
ASAGIFTSEDANAPRLUG
GEOBELLYISRAELIS
GATERAEESPNEMT
ROADTREATSSUNYATSEN
ARKHATCHBANESUPRA
STEPHENNEGATIVEYIP
PASSIMMESONSELLECCA
ASHORESUNOREIDA
TATTOOERADORNVENTED
EDUNECKLACEMANACLE
MIREDFURYKAPUTHEM
PANDERSTOESPOSORENO
GSAICBMPERERIN
IMPETIGOROAMSMAT
NYUILLJETTAJUPITUS
ELTONOPINIONASARULE
POOLEWILDONEWIREMEN
TUNEDPLANETACTSET
A few months later, Patrick Berry used concentric circles to trace orbital paths for the eight planets.   [Across Lite]
Sun 6/13/2010
PAS
FATE
DERMA
KEAGUISE
SEXCHANGE
PATHOGEN
BENESOB
LACUNARUM
RACISTTRUDGE
ONALERTTIEGS
SOAMIARCHERY
ETCETCIOUS
RIOHARBOR
ANNEREUP
GDAYMATE
AVIATED
ENNA
Some of the best grid art is can be found in diagramless puzzles where the grid shape is designed to fool or delight you. This is my favorite. It's also very unusual. Diagramless puzzles never have circles or shaded squares, yet this one has both. The letters in the tuning pegs represent the notes of the four violin strings.

SPOILER ALERT: Avoid this link if you're still working your way through old diagramless puzzles, but if you'd like to see the wide range of past grid shapes, click here to see them all.   [Across Lite]

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