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Cryptics 101: Container

This is the fifth 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 container clue.  (You can see the instructions again by clicking the "Info" button at the top right.) [ fullscreen ]

Theme-less

Thought I'd try my hand at a theme-less puzzle today! Big thanks to Steve Mossberg for the invaluable test solve, feedback, and general encouragement and good vibes! UPDATE: Oops I forgot enumerations; fixed. Instructions: Most of my puzzles have some kind of theme. For this one, I decided to make do with less-yet it seems I’ve subtracted something. Hopefully this puzzle (minus theme) doesn’t lead to a negative experience!

Where in the World #3

This puzzle relates to a specific location—can you use the themed answers to figure out where you are before the grid spells out the answer? Special shout out to Liari , who redeemed this puzzle as a channel-point redemption on my stream ! She doesn't know the location—but I expect she'll solve this puzzle in about 3 minutes! Many thanks to the Rackenfracker 's dadgumituh and jmsr525 and herzwesten for the test solves! If you solve or stream or love or hate, lemme know! (joeadultman on Twitch   and Twitter ) [ fullscreen ]

Where in the World #2

This puzzle relates to a specific location—can you use the themed answers to figure out where you are before the grid spells out the answer? Special shout out to Norah , who chose the location for this puzzle via a channel-point redemption on my stream ! Many thanks to herzwesten and the Rackenfracker 's jmsr525 and dadgumituh for the test solves! If you solve or stream or love or hate, lemme know! (joeadultman on Twitch   and Twitter ) [ fullscreen ]

Cryptic Keepers

This puzzle—a twist on a classic trope—is a joint venture with herzwesten , my oldest and greatest partner in cryptic construction crime! If you solve or stream or love or hate, lemme know! (joeadultman on Twitch   and Twitter ) [ fullscreen ]

Where in the World? #1

This puzzle relates to a specific location—can you use the themed answers to figure out where you are before the grid spells out the answer? Thanks to Steve Mossberg of Square Pursuit and the Rackenfracker 's dadgumituh and jmsr525 for their help, not just for their invaluable help with this puzzle, but for their dedication to uplifting the cryptic community and improving things for solvers and constructors alike! If you solve or stream or love or hate, lemme know! (joeadultman on Twitch   and Twitter ) [ fullscreen ]

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 ]