Fireball Newsweekly Crosswords 2014
Twenty current events crosswords that will be sent out about once every two weeks. Many puzzle answers will be taken from current news.
“All the News That Fits Symmetrically”
This is follow-up to a Kickstarter project that took place from July to December 2013. It went so well I decided to do it again for 2014. This year, though, the puzzles will usually come once every two weeks instead of every week.
Try a Sample Puzzle
Here is a sample puzzle from last year. To try it, right-click on it and open it in a new window, and then print it at 98% or smaller.
(For the answer grid, click here.)
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. You can try samples here: http://theweek.com/section/index/puzzles (any puzzle from March 15, 2013, or earlier is by me).
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 by the end of 2014.
Note that unlike the superhard Fireball Crosswords, Fireball Newsweekly Crosswords are aimed at a general audience. The difficulty level will be like that of a typical Tuesday or Wednesday newspaper crossword.
I started Fireball Crosswords in 2010 as the first online-only pay-to-play direct-to-the-solver crossword. I have written more than 50 puzzle books, with combined sales of over a million copies. I am the editor of the Post Puzzler, a tough themeless crossword that appears in every Sunday Washington Post. 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 17 years. I am also the creator of the iPhone app Celebrity: Get a Clue.
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 second year I’m doing this through Kickstarter, and the first year went very smoothly. Solvers will get the puzzles before the ink dries on the news.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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