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Puzzle #12: Basketball Is My Favorite Sport

 I didn't mean for this themeless to be this basketball-heavy. But I have no regrets. Thanks to Brian Thomas for helping out with this one--go solve his great puzzles!  .puz PDF   Solution Mmm, lemon drizzle cake

Puzzle #11: Yin/Yang

 TGIF! It's been a long week. So, have a short puzzle. .puz PDF   Solution Mmm, blueberry chocolate chip muffins

Puzzle #10: Have You Ever Considered Piracy?

 Happy New Year! Thanks to everyone who solved a puzzle of mine last year. Hopefully there'll be many more to come. Today's is another themeless. Shoutout to Nam Jin Yoon for a really handy tool for creating PDFs of crossword puzzles. .puz   PDF Solution   Mmm, pumpkin rolls

Puzzle #9: Garden-Variety Names

 Why hello! This is not a Christmas puzzle, but due to the holiday spirit, I've made this one on the easy side--I hope everyone is able to solve it. Maybe solve with your family or a friend? If you're not able to see them in person, it's very easy to upload the .puz file to https://squares.io/ which will allow you to solve together with someone long distance.   Shoutout to Steve Mossberg , who has been doing a lot of test-solving for this blog, and has a really great puzzle blog of his own.    .puz   PDF Solution   Mmm, pear tart with almond shortcrust

Puzzle #8: IV-I (midi)

 Hi!    Let's just get to the puzzle! But first, baked goods. Oh, and an easy puzzle coming Friday, for those who enjoy puzzles on the friendlier side.   .puz PDF Solution Mmm, white bread

Puzzle #7: Tetrominoes

 Hi!   Another themeless today, built around my love of tetrominoes. Please ignore the non-tetromino blocks in the grid. Those are simply tetrominoes that grabbed a few more blocks and refused to let go. Negotiations are ongoing. There are some fun crossword streams on Twitch you should check out. It's really fun to watch and solve with friends, and it's a great way to get better at solving, too. Here are some of my favorite streamers (their schedules may vary, of course): Aaron Paulsen   Weekdays at 5pm Central Chris Piuma Daily at 10am Central Jac Weekdays at 3:30pm Central  PDF   Solution   .puz   Mmm, soda bread with cheddar and onion  

Puzzle #6: Off the Crossbar

 Hi folks! We've got a themeless puzzle today of medium-hard difficulty. The seed entry for this puzzle is one of my favorite phenomena in sports, and I hope it's interesting even to those solvers who don't love sports. I know you're out there--I see you, I hear you, and I am committed to continuing to ignore your cries to stop adding more sports to my puzzles. Much love.   .puz   PDF     Solution Update 12/13: Revised a corner to take out an objectionable entry. Thanks to Chris Piuma and Chris Adams for the feedback! Mmm.... Doubletree knockoff cookies