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Non-rectangular grids

This page not used any more. See /Odd for these and other odd shapes.

These grids aren't square. They aren't even rectangular. Click any grid to see the whole puzzle.

The true non-rectangular champs are the Diagramless puzzles. Click here to see them.

Shortz Era grids in order
Thu 2/2/1995
P
PGASHOUTSBACK
ERSHORNETOBOE
ROSALEXEIONME
DUOMELSRAKEIN
UNCAPSUMCIRCE
DIDOETUDES
SHADOWALEHEWN
POTSIXWEEKLOU
AGESRMNMARMOT
PAYEESROOD
HAZELNYELORCA
ADONISPROSOHM
DORSTSHIRTPUT
ABBEORIANAECO
TEARPOLLEDRKO
The first non-rectangular grid in the NYT is this collaboration by Bob and Sharon Klahn. The movie Groundhog Day had come out a couple of years before.
Thu 1/21/2010
PERSONALCOST
FIVETOONEDCCAB
AGAMEMNONSHAMU
NODSTASSPAT
CUESLEEPONURN
YTDEERERELIE
OPTICERRANT
CUTSCORNERS
NEAREROASIS
EMUTOMZEDISA
XEDSLOVENSSTL
TRISLOOKOOL
TALLSLIMEJELLO
OLLASALEXANDER
DOWNHEREGOES
Elizabeth C. Gorski dared to construct a grid with NOTHING in the corners.
Tue 11/2/2004
SHIVAPPTRECAP
AEROCLUEERUPT
GNATCANDIDATES
ARTISTICRNS
SIENATHYMEALI
GNUCOACHMEN
ASISSOAKKABOB
DELISPREENENE
DELTAIDLEGRAD
TIGERCUBLEI
ONOMAMASANGUS
ORRLASTGASP
ATTHEPOLLSCLEO
LOUISLOSTHAUT
BEGOTETASASPS
D
The 2000 U.S. Presidential Election came down to a few a few controversial Florida ballots. Patrick Merrell challenged us to interpret intent in this grid with a HANGING CHAD?
Tue 9/25/2012
N
BLOBASAPVIBE
AIDASEXEDETRE
BEERCAIROCHAR
SURGEONSPHOTO
RATSCOUT
STPATTISERGOT
IHOPPESETAHRE
LOCHNESSMONSTER
ARKINTUITISAS
SPENTYESCNOTE
ETATSDOC
CRYPTOZOOLOGY
BLOCAGLOWALOE
MEMOSIGNSIDYL
WEBSFAKEREAL
Ian Livengood's monstrous puzzle gave us a peek at Nessie's head breaking the surface of the grid.
Thu 10/30/2014
FLUIDROBE
PEARCEASONE
SINUSESWHOAMI
CPENDALESDANCERS
PYRESRCATEAT
ECOLPOTATOCRNA
WAGCINRAPMUSIC
ARIZONIANPUP
ETEVERONIQUE
ARCELAGOASKUNC
SISELOCUTELIPO
ECHOKENSOCAL
CHOCOLATECCOOKIE
ETCHERSPORTED
SAINTCENTER
MOSSOREAD
David Woolf kept us well fed with this delicious chocolate chip cookie.
Tue 1/6/2015
BOTTLEAMPSGYM
OHIOANMEATOOO
ONTOURYOGAOWN
POSTDOCWEDIDIT
HELLODISNEY
ATBARALPALA
BARNARDORATAD
IPADMINTYNUDE
TENNSCALEDRAW
DABEVEENEMY
GENIUSYALTA
REALTORFERTILE
ARMTRODGAINON
PIEETONIDOTOO
HESDATATENONS
Joel Fagliano got more scientific with this grid intended to invoke a DNA double helix.
Wed 2/14/2018
HAGSALEC
GERUNDPLENUM
BOATYARDGRANDPAS
LORIPURSUESTIRO
ANTSYMEATYNADIA
CASTERWITHOBSON
KSTREETNEVERLAND
OPRYPORTRAYERRS
URIPOPOVNYMROO
TENNISTASACROSS
EGONLILACJAWS
STATESENATORS
ITWASNTTOBE
APPETITES
SERIALS
DINGE
EEO
Mary Lou Guizzo loves us enough to give us this over-sized Valentine.
Pre-Shortz era
Sun 9/21/1975LITERAL APPROACH
LOAFPARPAMAPTPOP
AMMOAGAFABAPAYCODA
TABUREPEATERRIPSALES
SHARESTWENTYNINEACROSS
ASTROERAJOLTMAT
SHINALICAGEMBRACES
HADETULELNGDELOXA
DODOHESSHUESCUEMOTS
SHOWBOATCEESHOSSALES
CORNERSTAILROLEAFIRE
ADELAIDEEMUSINN
THEMEDIUMISTHEMESSAGE
RAPEKRASOURNOTE
COREDNEUNERNSLORELEI
RUDEBAASSNAGDIRTIEST
INTSASSBATHTEAKGATS
ECOTHOAYRFERNPHDS
REPENTERCOYARMALTA
NOLETONORESAYSO
HUNDREDTENACROSSANDTHE
ANDESOHMREPEALERORAL
HEADSUPADESULUWARM
ASKEMSSENRIMNYES
There were no true non-rectangular NYT grids before 1995. This Bill Hartman grid appeared in print with a square grid, but if you click through you'll see that an entry at the bottom sticks out LIKE A SORE THUMB.