Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Clever Clue of the Month


March 2017
Clue: Scatter in record stores?................ELLA
Constructor: Clive Probert; Editor: Mike Shank
Wall Street Journal, Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Friday, March 31, 2017

Clever Clue Nominees

Please vote for the best clue from March (either by email or comments below). The Clever Clue of the Month will be announced on Tuesday.

Scatter in record stores?...............ELLA
Makeup of certain shakes................CEDAR
Actor who sucked in his most famous film
role....................................LUGOSI
When its second syllable is drawn out,
“Are you out of your mind?!”............HELLO
Our top story?..........................ATTIC
Protectors sent packing?................PEANUTS

Friday, March 3, 2017

Clever Clue of the Month


February 2017
Clue: Rule broken by deities?.........IBEFOREE
Constructor: Julian Lim; Editor: Rich Norris
LA Times, Saturday, February 25, 2017


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Clever Clue Nominees

Please vote for the best clue from February (either by email or comments below). The Clever Clue of the Month will be announced on Friday.

Where you might catch a large-mouthed 
bass....................................OPERA
Idle laughter source?...................ERIC
What a loser brings up?.................THEREAR
Hit record?.............................SHINER
Tish cule is ridded with them...........TYPOS
Rule broken by deities?.................IBEFOREE

Monday, February 27, 2017

Puzzle containing the best clue nominees

In two weeks the 2016 Orca Award winners will be announced. The Orca Awards is the annual tribute to the best crossword puzzles of the year. One of the categories is the Bob Klahn Award for Best Clue. Sam Donaldson has created a puzzle incorporating all ten best clue nominees. Click this link for a PDF of the puzzle.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Youngest Crossword Constructor

A 13 year-old has just broken the record for youngest NYT crossword constructor. After eight rejections, Daniel Larsen created a puzzle that met Will Shortz's standards and was published last Tuesday. 


The seventh-grader's puzzle had a very fun theme: things Elmer Fudd might say: TWEEHOUSE (tree house), SWATMACHINE (slot machine), WHISKEYMOVE (risky move), WOWEDMOUTHS (loud mouths), and QUACKOFDAWN (crack of dawn). I also enjoyed the clever clue: Man's nickname that's just wonderful? MARV.

For more on this story and insight into Will Shortz's crossword selection process click on this article.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Clever Clue of the Month


January 2017
Clue: They're going places?..............TOILETS
Constructor/Editor: Elizabeth C Gorski
Crossword Nation, Tuesday, January 31, 2017