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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 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.