We at Puzzazz believe that the entire puzzling community -- authors and solvers alike -- benefit by having a stronger ecosystem. Authors are more rewarded and solvers get better puzzles, and we are happy to partner with folks in the community who are creating great content.
One such group is the American Values Club (avxwords.com) which is creating fun, hip, cutting-edge crosswords every week. The A.V. crossword is a reincarnation of the beloved but now dead Onion A.V. Club crossword. It features work by Brendan Emmett Quigley, Aimee Lucido, Byron Walden, Zoe Wheeler, Caleb Madison, Ben Tausig, Tyler Hinman, Francis Heaney, Anna Shechtman, Matt Jones, and Deb Amlen.
We are thrilled to tell you that one of the puzzles in the Year of Puzzles will be a special crossover with the American Values crossword, which we're sure that solvers on both sides will enjoy.
To whet your appetite, here's part of an A.V.-style crossword created by editor Ben Tausig. We're not sure what happened to the rest of the puzzle, but you're looking for the 3-word phrase that goes at 17 Across.
More Useful Information
As people solve puzzles in the mini puzzlehunt, they've been learning little bits of useful information. Here's some more of what they've learned:
- We try to avoid obscure words. For example, you do not need to memorize the list of allowed 2-letter words in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.
See earlier updates for more information.
Hints to Earlier Puzzles
The palindromic puzzle's answer is also a palindrome.
It is not cheating to talk about puzzles, write about them, blog about them, even post to Twitter or Facebook about them. However, to avoid spoiling puzzles for others, please do not put the answer to any puzzle in the mini puzzlehunt in the comments. To verify an answer, visit http://www.puzzazz.com/kickstarter.