Did you buy Patrick Blindauer’s inaugural puzzle suite a year ago? He funded that one through Kickstarter.com supporters and it was a lot of fun… except for the part where I just plain couldn’t figure out what direction to go for the meta answer. The individual puzzles were all fun, but I crashed and burned when it came time for the endgame. (Editorial correction: No, wait, Kickstarter was two PB2 suites ago, and the “Holiday”-themed puzzles’ meta was not killer-hard. The “Summer”-themed puzzle suite Patrick ran through his site last year was killer-hard.)
Now that his puzzle-suite business has been properly kick-started, Patrick’s selling his second set of crosswords-with-a-meta-answer, “Musical Puzzlefest,” through his own website. He promises that the final answer will not be as difficult to suss out this time. (Yay!) And there are multiple prizes! “Two solvers will be awarded $100 Barnes & Noble gift cards, one solver will get a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card, and 10 runners-up will receive a copy of my latest book: Easy Breezy Crosswords,” Patrick writes.
To join the fun, head to the Shop page on Patrick’s website and order your puzzle set for $9.95. Contest puzzles will be sent out December 15, and we’ll have a full two months to wrestle with them before the contest ends. So if you’re no speed demon, fear not: there’s no prize for finishing first.