Thursday, July 2, 2020

Theatre Thursday #8


Whether you saw it in the room where it happened on Broadway, or you're satisfied watching the filmed version tomorrow, I think it's safe to say that all theater fans are pretty excited that this day has finally arrived. If you've somehow missed the big announcement, the original Broadway cast of Hamilton was filmed at the Richard Rodgers theater back when the show came out, and this film is being released tomorrow (July 3rd) on Disney+. I think Disney+ costs under $10/month and the price of a single Hamilton ticket is usually at least ten times that, so if you're interested in seeing the show without paying an arm and a leg, this is absolutely your opportunity. The film will be up indefinitely so there's no rush to watch, and that also sets you up to watch it on repeat if you find yourself a major fan. Today's puzzle is an opportunity to test your Hamilton knowledge before the big day, with plenty of other theater stuff sprinkled in too. Happy solving, enjoy the show, and get at me with your punny Hamilton-inspired food ideas. History Has It's Fries On You, anyone? 🧩

Amanda

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Wednesday midi


Because I'm about 40 years behind on television, I've been watching the Golden Girls all the way through for the very first time. As everyone else already knows, it's the best. So when I saw that I had the opportunity to put 4-Down in this puzzle and clue it the way that it's clued, well that just about made my day. Weirdly, this puzzle is sort of television themed (with a nod to crosswords themselves) and also has a lot of television-related things in the fill. I don't know who I think I am making a ballsy move like that, but here's hoping it turned out alright 😉 In addition to today's midi puzzle here, Ross and I also have today's New York Times puzzle. I hope you enjoy both!

Amanda

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Tuesday Mini


The book pictured above (the author of which is in this puzzle) was one of the most raved about books of 2019. It's a novel in the form of a letter from a Vietnamese American son to his illiterate mother and it is a thing of beauty. If you're looking for something new to pick up while staying at home, look into this one. And enjoy today's solve! 🧩

Amanda

Monday, June 29, 2020

Guest Midi by Steve Mossberg


I'm so thrilled to say that today's puzzle comes courtesy of constructor Steve Mossberg, who was kind enough to provide this lovely midi to start off your week. Steve also has his own site called Square Pursuit where he posts puzzles each week, and you may have also spotted his name in your local paper! Thanks again, Steve, for your contribution and I'm lucky to have you!

In other news, the presence of 3-Down in this puzzle is very obliquely giving me the opportunity to post a picture of one of my favorite people: the one and only Tony Bennett. Not only is he a phenomenal human being (fingers crossed that it's as true as it seems), but he is also just so, SO adorable. I had the pleasure of seeing Tony in concert at the Hollywood Bowl a couple of years ago (yes, Lady Gaga did come out for a few duets), and one of my absolute favorite things about Tony is how much he loves performing. After every single song, he opens his arms out wide like he's trying to give the entire audience a hug (see photo above), and it's just enough to make my heart explode into crooner confetti. And his version of "The Way You Look Tonight" is my absolute favorite.

Here's Steve: "When I started an indie crossword blog a few months ago, I set myself the daunting task of making sure a grid went up each week, and believe me, I still sweat it. Naturally, I'm blown away by the fact that Amanda pulls this off on a daily basis, and even more so that she kills it every time! It's an honor to get to poke my head in with a midi on her site. I hope you all enjoy the solve!"

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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Puzzle #7: Rhyme Schemes


I swear I'm not trying to terrorize you with these delicious food pictures. They are at LEAST tangentially related to things in the puzzles. (But also, how delicious do those look? They remind me of being 13 and going to a million bar and bat mitzvahs). Anyhow! Ross and I are back with another collab grid and, if I'm not mistaken, this is the first 21x21 I ever worked on way back when. How far we've come! *wipes a tear*. And keep your eyes peeled, because we'll be back in the Times again this week. Happy Sunday!

Amanda

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Saturday midi


Hello everyone. I accidentally put my whole entire personality into this 8x8 puzzle. So either you're welcome or I'm terribly sorry. Oh, that image? Yes, that is the famous #19 pastrami sandwich at Langer's Delicatessen here in Los Angeles. Some say it's the best pastrami sandwich in the country. As a self-appointed expert in Jewish delis, I will say it's certainly in my top 2. (It is the best of it's kind, but since it's not exactly a traditional pastrami sandwich, we have to leave room in the rankings for those who are acing the traditional presentation of their craft). Either way, if you ever find yourself in LA, it's worth the almost $20 it costs to have one. I know I will certainly be picking one up soon. And since this is not the content you came here for, without further ado: the Saturday midi.

Amanda

Friday, June 26, 2020

Friday minis


Welcome to the end of another week and, therefore, two more minis puzzles! I hope they're a bite-sized and opportune distraction from whatever else you have going on today. Happy solving! 🧩

Amanda