lil high five #4

I’m very pleased to share with you some jelly from Erik Agard for which you may or may not be ready:

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Solution to LHF #3

I’d also like to extend an invitation to everyone to send along your own Lil High Fives. Here are the submission guidelines:

  • Michael Parker, Rex Sharp, and Lena Webb will look over your puzzle and say the things that we feel, usually about your puzzle. Rex Sharp is the bad cop and Lena Webb is the good cop– the other guy stands by the door with his arms folded and maybe brings us Chinese food and beers like in this dream I have about being a detective.
  • $0 for 5×5 weekdays, $0 for 9×9 Sundays
  • 3-letter minimum for answers
  • Black squares are optional, but if you use them they must have 180-degree rotational symmetry. Also know that using them makes you a cheater.

There’s no publishing schedule going on with these yet so just be ready to go when it’s time to go. Send your puzzles to me at lkwebb@gmail.com.

lil high five #4

Lil High Five #2

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IRL I’m pretty bad at high fives. Don’t even try to get me to do complicated slip-slaps up high, down low, etc. It makes me want to backwards-slink away from the situation even if something awesome happened that we’re trying to celebrate. I like my skin slipped real simple. And now you can backwards-slink away because that sounded disgusting.

Personal decision: I’m not putting “Abbr.” in any LHF clues because the whole puzzle is abbreviated. You have been warned.

Here is the solution to Michael’s LHF #1. I, for one, would be all about wearing my sport skort on the court.

Lil High Five #2

A “Lil High Five” from Michael Sharp

SLAP!

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Back in June I was feeling bad about how little I’d been constructing, so I decided to construct little puzzles. I wasn’t aware of the New York Times’ own mini puzzles until last week and I’m not sure why, considering they became a feature last year. Recently some not-so-nice things have been said regarding these dinky offerings and I agree with a lot of it, albeit not so vitriolically. For me, constructing pint-sized puzzles is a great opportunity to write some extra good clues to compensate for the grid’s puniness; remember: it’s not how big it is, it’s what you do with it– and there’s just not a lot of motion in the ocean for the NYTimes’ little boats to toss about on. If you know what I mean.

Michael and I drunkenly made a puzzle construction pact at Lollapuzzoola 8 and we’ve been working together on various projects. After trying out a NYTimes mini for the first time, I shared my minithemeless #4 and nary an hour or so later I received the little treat from Michael that I’m pleased to share with you here. He’s calling them “Lil High Fives” and I think that’s just great. We will make as many as we feel like and I will post them here.

Enjoy!

A “Lil High Five” from Michael Sharp