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Cryptic of the Year: Winston

Nine of this puzzle's answers debuted in a specific year—can you figure out which? Spoiler: the answer shows up when you complete the puzzle. Many thanks to The Rackenfracker 's dadgumituh and jmsr525 for their continued efforts in saving me from myself! If you solve or stream or love or hate, let me know! (joeadultman on Twitch   and Twitter ) [ fullscreen ]

Unleash the Niche: Pokémon Gen 2

Today's cryptic crossword is a collaboration with the one and only pkmnfn! It's a Pokémon-themed cryptic like none other (except for our first Pokémon cryptic), so y ou'll want some familiarity with Pokémon's first few generations (and/or access to bulbapedia ). Thanks to mentalplayground for his help in improving the puzzle—check out his many wonderful cryptics! If you solve or stream or love or hate, let us know! (joeadultman on Twitch   and Twitter ; pkmnfn often hangs out on Tuesdays on Twitch as part of The CrossNerds ) Good luck, and we'll smell ya later! [ fullscreen ]

Crossing the Pond: Long Haul

This puzzle's final answer is either a Britishism or its American counterpart—you get to pick! Many thanks to the Rackenfracker   duo of dadgumituh and jmsr525, as well as Steve Mossberg of Square Pursuit , for their expert assistance in improving this puzzle! If you solve or stream or love or hate, lemme know! (joeadultman on Twitch   and Twitter ) [ fullscreen ]

About a Bird

Here's a little puzzle about a bird!  As ever, I owe a great debt to The Rackenfracker 's duo of dadgumituh and jmsr525—and check out their open call for collaborators! I can't recommend them highly enough for upping your cryptic game. If you solve or stream or love or hate, lemme know! (joeadultman on Twitch and Twitter ) [ fullscreen ]

The Truth about Cats and Dogs

In this puzzle, we’ll finally settle the age-old debate: which is the best pet? Eternal gratitude to dadgumituh and jmsr525 from The Rackenfracker (check out their cryptics!) for their expert assistance—any remaining stumbles are studies of my own stubbornness. If you solve or stream or love or hate, lemme know! (joeadultman on Twitch and Twitter ) [ fullscreen ]

Cryptics 101: Reversal

This is the fourth of a series of small puzzles meant to introduce the conventions of cryptic crosswords to the uninitiated. It introduces and uses only a single clue type: the reversal clue.  (You can see the instructions again by clicking the "Info" button at the top right.) [ fullscreen ]

Urban Development

Today's puzzle is a bit smaller (13x13) and has a meta—and that's all I'll tell you! If you solve it (or stream it, or send it to your relative who's into this kind of thing), do let me know ( @joeadultman ). Thanks to dadgumituh and jmsr525 (of The Rackenfracker fame) for their expert eyes on this! As usual, any faults are my own. [ fullscreen ]