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$4,357
pledged of $7,777pledged of $7,777 goal
223
backers
11days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, January 28 2019 3:00 AM UTC +00:00.

About

“All the News That Fits Symmetrically”

This is a follow-up to my six previous Kickstarter projects from July to December 2013, from July 2014 to May 2015, from June 2015 to April 2016, from May 2016 to March 2017, from April 2017 to February 2018, and from May 2018 to January 2019. The puzzles will come once every two or three weeks, over the course of about a year.

Try a Sample Puzzle

Here is a sample puzzle from 2013. To try it, right-click on it and open it in a new tab, and then print it.

Sample puzzle from October 11, 2013
Sample puzzle from October 11, 2013

(For the answer grid, click here.)

The Backstory

From January 2009 to March 2013, I wrote a crossword for every issue of The Week magazine. Each puzzle was based on the events from the previous week, and I put as many news-related items into the grid as I could.

My big problem with writing for The Week was that I wrote the puzzle on Fridays, but the solvers didn’t get the magazine delivered to them until seven days later. That made the newsworthiness of the crossword less than ideal. By using email, I can send the puzzle to solvers the second it’s finished. Back this project and you can be part of the forefront for how crosswords are delivered to solvers in the digital age.

About the Puzzles

These puzzles will be delivered to your email inbox in two forms: Across Lite, which can be solved on your computer, and pdf, which can be printed and solved on paper. They will generally come every other week, but there will be occasional exceptions. It will finish around January 2020.

Note that unlike the superhard Fireball Crosswords, Fireball Newsflash Crosswords are aimed at a general audience. The difficulty level will be like that of a typical Tuesday or Wednesday newspaper crossword.

The Cap

Fireball Crosswords baseball cap
Fireball Crosswords baseball cap

Previous Year

If 20 puzzles aren’t enough for you, you can get the puzzles from March 2018 to January 2019. Just add $6 extra to your pledge.

About Me

I started Fireball Crosswords in 2010 as the first online-only pay-to-play direct-to-the-solver crossword. I have written or edited more than 50 puzzle books, with combined sales of over a million copies. I was the editor of the Post Puzzler, a tough themeless crossword that appeared in every Sunday Washington Post from April 2010 to March 2015. From 2002 to 2008, I was the crossword editor for The New York Sun. I am the editorial director for Puzzlewright Press, an imprint of Sterling Publishing, where I have worked for the last 21 years. I am also the creator of the iPhone app Celebrity: Get a Clue. I was a member of the American Heritage Dictionary Usage Panel from 2012 until its demise in 2018. In 2017, New York Times best-selling author A.J. Jacobs called me “a six-letter word starting with MENS and ending in CH.”

Available Books

  • New York Sun Crosswords #8
  • New York Sun Crosswords #9
  • New York Sun Crosswords #10
  • New York Sun Crosswords #11
  • New York Sun Crosswords #12
  • New York Sun Crosswords #13
  • New York Sun Crosswords #14
  • New York Sun Crosswords #15
  • New York Sun Crosswords #16
  • New York Sun Crosswords #17
  • New York Sun Crosswords #18
  • New York Sun Crosswords #19
  • New York Sun Crosswords #20
  • New York Sun Crosswords #21
  • New York Sun Crosswords #22
  • Sizzlingly Hard Fireball Crosswords
  • Blazingly Hard Fireball Crosswords
  • Infernally Hard Fireball Crosswords
  • Hellaciously Hard Fireball Crosswords
  • Diabolically Hard Fireball Crosswords
  • Scorchingly Hard Fireball Crossword
  • Wickedly Hard Fireball Crosswords
  • Devilishly Hard Fireball Crosswords

Risks and challenges

As newspapers and magazines struggle to survive in the current economy, more and more are cutting back on extras like crossword puzzles. Professional puzzle writers are losing opportunities left and right. There has to be a better way than going through magazines and newspapers to get puzzles to the solvers. By supporting this campaign, you are providing direct support to the writer, allowing me to continue to write the news puzzles that I so enjoy doing.

As for the deadlines, I wrote more than 200 crosswords for The Week without missing any. This is the seventh year I’m doing this through Kickstarter, and the first six years went very smoothly. Solvers will get the puzzles before the ink dries on the news.

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