updated April 2, 2010
Dark admission here: I LIKE CROSSWORDS. One of the high points of my
week is the Sunday NY Times Crossword. But one of my favorite kinds of
crossword puzzle is the that mutant, misbegotten offspring of the word junkie's
art, the cryptic. Creating cryptics is an exercise in pain and pleasure. The
part is constructing the puzzle, making all those damn words fit. The pleasure
in constructing the clues. For a while now I've been building cryptic puzzles
and putting them here on the Hillwoman website.
Why? Because I can, and
because maybe some sick mind or minds out there derive some fun from trying to solve
them. And because someone might just stumble on this new one and wish they'dgotten a crack at the old ones, I'm now archiving them on the site so they can
found at any time.
Don't know what cryptics are, or how to solve them? Down at the bottom
of this page
is a primer on this peculiar art as I practice it. And most of the puzzles offer
a couple bonus clues
This time around we're back to yet another bent cryptic, one I'm calling
The archived puzzles (so far) are:
Scary Stuff -from late Fall '08
Practical Foolishness -from Spring 08
Yule Regret This -Xmas '07
Summer Fun -the summer 2007 puzzle
Riddance 2006 -a puzzle to begin 2007
We All Fall
looking toward winter's approach
Spring '06 -a spring
Flurry '05 -the
fall/winter '05 puzzle
-a puzzle for the first frost.
Greetings! The New Year '05 puzzle.
X Marks the Spot -a puzzle about voting
(with a bonus puzzle attached!)
Spring -a puzzle about plants and
Talking Turkey - puzzle fit for stuffing.
Spring '05 -to thaw out the old brain.
One rule I try to follow is that I give you the answer at least twice. Yes, twice. Does
make it easier? Well, maybe. Each clue is a sort of puzzle in and of itself.
the clue and you have the answer. Plus I tell you how many letters in the word
words. For example: Cleaning cloth comes back as a
fish. (3) The answer is, of
course, RAG. The cleaning cloth (rag) comes back--read back to front--is a fish,
a GAR. Comes back, returns, reflects; clues like these mean all or part of
backward. Crazy, jumbled, twisted, shook up; clues like these mean I'm handing
an anagram. Like: Fido thinks he is crazy god.(3)
Fido (a dog) thinks he is an anagram
of god, which is dog. 'Sounds like' or 'we hear' suggests a homonym. For
Wet weather! We hear it may rule over us! (4)
The word is RAIN and the homonym
is REIGN. Shortly, or in brief, or such a clue means a contraction or
abbreviation, such as
A short bit of California is found in Canada and Ocala.
(2) The answer is CA, and those
two letters are found in Canada and Ocala.
Anyway, GOOD LUCK!
and a warning--I may start generating Sudoku at some point!
You are visitor number:
you crazy fool!
Comments? Stumped? Want to crow that you solved the puzzle?
What the hell,
let me know! Just