This is a crossword puzzle concept I came up with sometime around 2003, but never really tried aggressively publishing any, until now. I’m putting it out there to see whether anyone might like this concept to become a legit weekly puzzle here, and to gauge whether they think it might be too difficult or too easy, or just right.
The rules are simple: Either draw two of this shape —
..or print out a copy of this design (pdf, two figures on one page), and fill out the blanks as you normally would any standard crossword puzzle — except with the twist, that there are two clues for each down number and across number, because on which puzzle they belong is not specified.
The first 1-down could go on the left side, and the other 1-down naturally on the right, but first 2-down could go on the right; you never know which one it goes on until you get others to fit.
|1. Not night||1. Not basey|
|1. Garfunkel||1. Struggles to keep
|4. vehicle||2. Between ! and #|
|4. OJ judge||2. Sun deity|
|5. netflix offerings||3. foutain of|
|5. gooey slick||3. draw on thin overlay|
|7. Top Scout rank||5. Sun’s name|
|7. Cyrus’ breaky subject||5. lyr.”Sending out an”|
|10. call __ duty||6. Diamond Phillips|
|10. lyr.”it’s magic”||6. Common sweetener init.|
|11. popular -dictionary,init.||8. online chortle|
|11. surgery area||8. decay|
|12. bobsledder cousin||9. Before|
|12. dagger-eye feels||9. Boston __ Party|
|14. coffee drink||13. US civil war victor|
|14. coney snack||13. competed for speed|
|15. aural orifice||14. Hagman|
|15. black goop||14. unshaven jaw|
|17. farm allergen||16. Australia domain ext|
|17. doesn’t work||16. liquor quitter meetup|