It appears I've landed myself a gig. Campus Crosswords is a constructors syndicate producing puzzles specifically for student newspapers. I'll be working alongside four young hotshots to pump out five alternatives to bestcrosswords.com every week. If your university paper runs a shitty crossword or none at all, drop us a line at campus[dot]crosswords[at]gmail[dot]com and we'll work something out. You wouldn't auto-fill the rest of your content, so why settle for computer generated rubbish in your crossword?
The debut puzzles will be running in the Harvard Crimson this week and hopefully in more papers next week. For the time being, they are only available in the print version, but you can solve Wednesday's puzzle by yours truly right here. It's about a Tuesday-NYT difficulty.
Mini Themeless #5, on the other hand, is a bitch and a half. I've been solving all of the old 2010 Post Puzzlers lately, and the sadistic cluing inspired me to let rip with the obfuscation for this one. I'm particularly fond of 1-Across and 41-Down. 12x12 last week, 13x13 this week; almost there.
More words, crossed and otherwise, next Tuesday
Puzzles: Mini Themeless #5 and Campus Crosswords puzzle for Jan 25
Download the PDF and PUZ files here, or solve or download the Across Lite puzzle and/or software from the Java app below.