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03 July 2009 @ 04:15 pm
Bonus Friday Puzzle  
As mentioned in my last posting, I've been fascinated with vowelless crossword puzzles recently. I decided to try to make (and finally publish here) a word puzzle on one of the grid variants I use all the time for sudoku.

As in Frank Longo's book, the either/or vowel nature of Y is handled by never having an answer using this letter. All the consonants in the answers for the clues go into the grid; all vowels are discarded. Arrows are provided alongside the box numbers to help orient your entries into this cube; entries "wrap" around the faces of the cube.

Enumerations of the clues are provided as spoiler-text in the comments for those that need a little more help.

Enjoy, and have a safe 4th of July holiday!

motris motris on July 3rd, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
Enumerations for clues:

1 - (12,1)
1 - (3,2,3,5)
2 - (7)
3 - (4)
4 - (3-4)
5 - (6)
6 - (7,7)
7 - (12)
8 - (4,10)
9 - (5,2,9)
10 - (4,7)
11 - (4)
12 - (9)
13 - (8)
14 - (8)
15 - (5)
16 - (6)
scotthandelman on July 4th, 2009 01:07 am (UTC)
I have:

1. Wrestlemania V
1. War of the Roses
2. resists
3. soft
4. ten four
5. loafer
6. malware remover
7. nonrenewable
8. vice detectives
9. areas of influence
10. fast forwards
11. tots
12. steamboat
13. recreant
14. historic
15. arrow
16. evolve[/span]
motris motris on July 4th, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
10 is singular, but you've proved its somehow solvable. Great job!
scotthandelman on July 4th, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)
Yeah, 10 was a typo, oops.
Stable Strangelet cuthalion on July 4th, 2009 05:40 am (UTC)
I did get all the consonants but never figured out what the vowels for 1-left & 13 actually were.
Henry tahnan on July 4th, 2009 06:52 am (UTC)
The answer to 1-southeast turned out to be exactly what I thought it was, but I wasn't sure enough to fill it in until I had about half the crossing consonants. Anyway, much more fun than I typically find vwllss things (perhaps because the only ones I encounter are written for the NPL and involve some particularly unfamiliar words); I might have to look for the Longo book.
motris motris on July 4th, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
What I like about the Longo book is the approachability of of almost all the words and phrases. I only really disliked 13 as its a word I didn't know but I had painted myself a spot I couldn't avoid with a better word. I'm sure more practice writing word puzzles will get me better at fill and at clues, but I thought this turned out ok.
Mike Selinker selinker on July 4th, 2009 09:57 am (UTC)
All done. 1-SW took a while, but once it popped, everything else was clear. I'm pretty sure I disagree with the definition of 13, as that's a 13's action, or an action in a 13 style, but not exactly how the clue is phrased. Otherwise, gold.
motris motris on July 4th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
As is suggested for these kinds of things, I copied the dictionary definition of the verb for that word but I'd probably take your wisdom and change the clue to the noun if I had it to do again.
cyrebjr cyrebjr on July 5th, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
I think clue 14 goes the wrong way. If it could be clued left to right, there's a set of clues that at least changes which word is awkward. The words for 7, 13, and 14 would respectively be TINFOIL, ALTERNATE, and TARTISH.
motris motris on July 5th, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
Good suggestions. Not that there are conventions for cubic puzzles but you're probably right, given how 5 goes, I shouldn't have a backwards 14 clue. I had the variant for 4 in mind when constructing but hadn't got the nice 13 down you have. Still, it leaves an awkward word.

Anyway, all lessons to keep in mind when I construct something like this again. I'll obviously aim to not have unchecked letters as well.
thedan on July 4th, 2009 12:34 pm (UTC)
Loved it, especially... well, you know what I especially loved. My only complaint is that if you get as good at constructing word puzzles as you are with logic puzzles, what use are the rest of us going to be?
motris motris on July 4th, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
So I was in the shower and thought - I want a word puzzle with an entry that is blah; then thought to cross it with the other and there you go.... Glad you got to it.
Robert Hutchinson ertchin on July 5th, 2009 02:11 am (UTC)
Very nice, although I had never heard 13 before. And I was stumped on 1-SW until I realized it said "event" and not "film".
thesubro on September 28th, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)
Not my cup of tea, but worth drinking ...
Fun word stuff with very enjoyable clues. 13 was my stumper as well - got all the letters but don't know the word (as noted in other recent posts here - that is why I am not a fan of word puzzles). I found that your topics were in my trivia (and life) wheelhouse so it was solvable and enjoyable. Not a fan of the medium, but of the creator.