We're starting off 2014 with a variety puzzle, the ole' standard A To Z form. These are fun to make and I will be publishing a few of them in the soon-to-be-launched Word Play magazine. It's all word variety puzzles, without any standard crosswords, lovingly edited by Eric Berlin and Ian Livengood. All the modern-day titans of puzzle-making are represented in the first issue. Should be a blast. Anwyay I was hoping it would have hit newstands already so I could have announced the title while running this puzzle, but alas, the launch date was pushed back to February. No matter. I'll remind you in a couple of weeks.
Oh, so today's marks the electrifying conclusion to the 2013 year-end BEQ drive. Thanks to all who were able to tip, the outpouring of support meant an awful lot to your humble puzzle maker. Remider: this site shall always remain free and you should feel no obligation to give ever. I repeat, Always. Free. Period. But, tipping is the right thing to do. So, if you haven't given yet, but would still like the two bonus Sunday-sized puzzles, this is your last chance. A $10 tip gets you one themed and one themeless, both 21x. Perfect to do in between the Chiefs/Colts and Saints/Eagles games on Saturday (assuming you're Dan Feyer-fast). Oh yeah, one randomly selected donor will receive a years subscription to the AVCX club. Yeah? Yeah. Make it happen.
While we're on the topic of the AVCX, my latest puzzle for them (a bonus puz co-authored by the recently married Francis Heaney) is up. It's exactly what you'd expect a puzzle co-written by Francis would look like. Get to it. While yr. there, check out the puz by my bros Patrick Blindauer and Ben Zimmer. Good stuff.
Happy New Year everybody. Let's make it a good one. Share the puzzle. New one on Monday.