I've got a couple quick hits to go along with today's puzzle. Let's do this:
Yes, today's Marching Band is a smidge smaller than other puzzles of that ilk. I've been toying with the form and exploring some outlets to market said smaller puzzles. Emphasis: toying. No sales have happened, yet. Regardless, if you've done my Marching Bands puzzles before you'll know that they're chock-a-block with fun fill going every direction all at once. This one's no exception. And for the first time, I remembered to get the solution ready ahead of time. Enjoy.
- A handful of people were asking about my latest Wall Street Journal puzzle. "Panonica" over on Crossword Fiend does an excellent write-up of said puzzle. Was it random? Yes, I suppose it was. If you have to explain it, I guess the joke probably doesn't work.
- Belated tip of the hat to Trip Payne who gave me the seed entry in Monday's puzzle. I'll leave it up to the solve to figure out what the seed entry was. Go on over to his site and check out his work. He too has recently posted a Marching Bands puzzle.
And finally, it's another entry in the BEQ Fan du Jour (two in one week!). Say hey to Graham Rosby of Chicago. Like our previous Fan du Jour, Graham too was at Lollapuzzoola, when he snapped this picture. Graham seemed like a nice chap, handed me some puzzles he was working on, and we rapped a bit about some indie rock. Gotta say, I was sort of surprised that he would have flown out to New York to do Lollapuzzoola instead of staying in his hometown to see Lollapalooza which was happening on the same day. Well, we all know that given a choice to hang out with Patrick Blindauer and Brian Cimmet or see the Red Hot Chili Peppers, it's a no-brainer. Graham is, no doubt, one of us.
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