I’m going to take a L’il moment here to say what a pleasure it is to be working with Michael on all things puzzle related. His enthusiasm? Boundless. His expectations? High. His puzzles? Rad. Please do enjoy this one, and give the man a high five. Literally. Send us L’il High Fives.
With all the submissions pouring in, I forgot I had a L’il High Five of my own kicking around! I can’t remember if this is my only LH5 to use black squares, but they there are– 6 of them. Enjoy filling in the rest of the squares!
Although the puzzle is titled #8, don’t be fooled! It was just #8 at the time and I am lazy.
Also of great importance, Michael started putting the apostrophe in “L’il” and that’s probably how it should have been all along. Lih-uhl.
I’m sure everybody has favorite constructors, and I’m no exception. Wait, actually, just sitting here thinking about it, it’s impossible for me to pick a single favorite constructor. Everyone’s puzzles have their own personalities and recognizable voices, and the more you do a particular constructor’s puzzles, this can actually help you out while solving. For instance, if it looks like your answer is turning out to be BROKEN CONDOM and you’re doing a Peter Broda puzzle, you’re probably right. That answer was featured in the very first one of Peter’s puzzles that I did. Obviously I started doing them all the time. Wanna try one out? Well you’re in luck because Peter just posted a fresh themeless yesterday!
After that, I highly recommend going back in the archives. You’ll also find Vowelless puzzles in there, which I think are super fun.
Guys, it makes me so happy when I get little puzzles in the e-box! Don’t you want me to be happy? You know what to do!
This puzzle from Erik Agard is great. Remember those little gel caps you could drop into water to unleash animal-shaped sponges? Remember how awesome those were? Yeah well welcome to this puzzle.
THANK YOU to everyone who has submitted LH5/9s! This is a lot of fun.
Hey, Michael told me there was a sports show on tonight. Was there? Did you see it?
I’m proud and pleased to share this LH5 constructed by my LPZ8 Pairs Division partner, Brayden Burroughs. Like an excellent boyfriend, he has taken the plunge to join me in the deep end of the crossword pool. It’s one thing to spend weekends doing a crapton of puzzles with me, but to give construction a shot and suffer my side-eyes, hrrmms, and nopes? That’s devotion, and I’m a lucky lady.
We’ve got little puzzles tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday, so be sure to stay tuned for this veritable shower of crossword confetti.
Gather your family around a pile of brunch and plop this dollop of sweet whipped cream on top of your Belgian waffle because it’s Sunday and Erik Agard has prepared this stunning Lil High Nine for us to enjoy. Remember folks, Sundays are 9×9.
Erik’s is doing a Twitter cleanse right now and says that he is focusing instead on puzzles and food. Figure out how to slap him nine, wish him well and bon appétit.
What’s new in Michael’s world? Well, he hates ORGEAT and I love that he hates it. Orgeat is so sweet that it needs that bitterness to create a balanced flavor profile. I bet he’s going to side-eye every Mai Tai from now on.
That’s all the news. Enjoy the puzzle!