mini-themeless #4

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Well folks, I don’t know about this one but here it is: 5×5. My rock climbing co-worker tried it and made the very good point that there isn’t a lot of space for footholds. When you’ve got a 15×15 you can look around the whole grid and find that first answer you are absolutely sure is right.

I’ve noticed that people assume the Sunday NYTimes is the hardest puzzle because it’s the biggest, and I sound like a really jackhole when I’m like ACTUALLY IT’S MORE OF A WEDNESDAY. Size doesn’t (always) matter, and I’m not so sure I’d have an easy time with this little puzzle. Let me know what your solving experience is like; fraught or not.

And, yeah, I guess I probably have to do a 3×3 because everyone likes the tiniest Russian Nesting Doll best, amirite?

P.S. AcrossLite doesn’t seem to know what to do with this tiny grid and it prints out awkwardly for me, so the PDF might be best– if anyone even solves on paper, who knows!

mini-themeless #4

Mini-themeless #3

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Jeez –11×11, 9×9, and now 7×7. I’m getting real silly over here. Should I do a 5×5, diagramless style? Are these little puzzles obnoxious? More than a few people had trouble finishing #2, including my very own dear mother who was forced to read me The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin basically every night for years.

Shout out to my girl Beatrix P. in “Orange is the New Black”

And speaking of short stories, I like making these minis because they don’t take up as much time as 15x15s. When I was basically out of my mind and unemployed I could make a puzzle at least once per month, but now when I get home I just want to drink a 50/50 martini and enjoy someone else’s construction work. I do have a neat normal-sized puzzle that I am working on (it involves a tattoo!) and I am excited to get it done and ready to share.

Here are the solutions to #1 and #2

Mini-themeless #3