This web browser is not supported. Use Chrome, Edge, Safari, or Firefox for best results.

Thumbnails

6 puzzles by Jennifer Nutt
with Jim Horne comments

TotalDebutLatestCollabs
64/17/200710/23/20191
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
0312000
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.58000
Jennifer Nutt
Wed 10/23/2019
JAVAPUPALSPAM
OPENAPOLOSLATE
YETIPORESHARES
MOUNTVESUVIUS
ARIANAESPNSPY
FORTUNEPUTT
OVERSRABIDUSES
RENOFAVORSNEAL
EDENISITIRANGE
SALETHEBOLD
SECSERBINURES
PLINYTHEELDER
RETIEEAREDGAZA
INEPTADAGEEKES
GADSDYSONRANK
Wed 10/3/2018
THEMGROGYACHT
IOTAEAVEAGREE
DAHLTHENEREIDS
EXILEDRENDSGT
OSLOSOLACES
GAPKNEWKILOS
UNIXEXAMINE
SNARFIDAEXPAT
AUSTEREAONE
BRYCESXSWSON
LEASHEDTOTE
AHISTEMUNRIPE
CASSIOPEIAIDOL
EVITAOMARCOPS
SENDSTONYKNEE

Cassiopeia is one of the easiest constellations to spot if you live in the northern hemisphere, and it's visible year round. Look for the bright stars near Polaris forming a big W. It will immediately evoke an image of a beautiful Ethiopian queen chained to a throne. Or, at least it did to ancient Greeks. The fate of Cassiopeia's daughter was even harsher. Andromeda was tied naked to a sea-side rock, to be devoured by a sea monster. Good times, back then.

Yes, Jeff does obsess over grid work. That's what you want from a constructor. I appreciate outstanding word-crossing skill too but, he's right that, for early-week puzzles, a delightful theme will atone for a few duds in execution. This is a near-perfect theme, combining astronomy and mythology. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone came out 21 years ago, but Greek myths are even older. Mark my words, they will withstand the test of time.

Did THE NEREIDS feel like a cheat to you? The definite article was necessary for grid symmetry, but it made it harder to suss out the word.

GUS Van Sant mostly directed smaller films like My Own Private Idaho, but his Good Will Hunting was a hit. MARX, sadly, gets a non-Groucho clue. "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" is, indeed, from EVITA. Do those lyrics make any sense to you? Listen carefully the next time you hear that song and ask yourself what, if anything, they might mean.

Mon 10/16/2017
ASCOTHUSHFIB
GLOBEPALEOIDO
RADIATORCAPLEO
AWEUPPERMEAN
WINDSORCASTLE
BONGOHID
PARLORCARDERBY
OLDESHYERGALE
VISASINDOORCAT
GRESWEET
LIQUORCABINET
AGUEMOXIERAT
ILEKILLERWHALE
ROEENTEREMCEE
SONNESSTOKEN
Mon 5/25/2015
HANGIMPSBIGOT
ALARMAREANODE
VIDEOCLIPBUYIN
OBIVOTETYRANT
CIRCULARFILE
OLDRKOQUO
GIVETRAINBUFF
TORECRAMSRIOT
MOONSHINESOPS
INNTENSKI
SOCIALPOLISH
REMARKNORANEO
ECOLIINAILEDIT
SHOVERUNTSIZE
TOTEDELSEPEEL
Mon 8/16/2010
GAMMASPEEDSPA
AMOURNIECETAN
LOOSECANNONOUT
ASTIAFTIDOLS
CASUALFRIDAY
ASPIREALOP
MAYANDEMOEMU
BURNONESBRIDGES
ILEALPSRIOTS
DISHNASSER
CAPUCHINMONK
EXUDEOOPEROS
LILTVDETECTIVE
LASECOLEATTIC
OLEARESTWEEDY
Tue 4/17/2007
ARABICMSGAMAS
NINETYAPERILL
SCAREDYCATEDIE
ECCEEONBADGE
LITTLEANGELANT
OTSLEERY
DEFENDRELEASER
EVITEFEDDRUID
NESTLERSSIENNA
HEINELIN
OCTEVENINGSTAR
CHAIRTEMMULE
COINGRAPEJELLY
URLSPITSALLIE
RESTAPOALLENS