Category Archives: Callin’ Them Squares

A special section for the crossword-classifying “Callin’ Them Squares” feature, to make it easier on those who want to read several Saturday installments at once.

CTS #12: Splice, Twice and Slice

Last two times out, we dwelt upon the algebraic crosswords, which involved altering naturally-occuring phrases by the addition, subtraction or swapping-out of strings, and camouflage crosswords, which involved the concealment of strings. But a few aspects of said puzzles went … Continue reading

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CTS #11: The Camouflage Crossword

Back in the mid-Nineties, my roommate had one of those “Magic Eye” posters. You know the ones, right? You stare at them– and in some cases, stare and stare– until the pattern reveals itself. Only for me, it never did. … Continue reading

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Algebraic Crosswords (CTS #10)

Wordplayers are easily the most popular form of crossword after themelesses in general, and even more popular if you’re focused on the high-end publications like the Timeses and The Onion. They’re like the phylum Arthopoda of the crossword ecosystem: surely … Continue reading

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CTS: Catching Up

Geez, I turn around, and three months just blink out of existence. A lot’s gone on between now and then, including challenges on lots of other professional fronts. But it looks like I’ll soon be coming back to the world … Continue reading

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The Marian (CTS, Pt. 9)

The Marian is named not for Maid Marian or Marian Anderson, but for Marian the Librarian, the prim, priggish, proper, self-possessed, self-described spinster of The Music Man. Like her namesake, the Marian crossword claims to be all business, with no … Continue reading

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Not Dead, Only Resting

Just a couple of quick notes for “Callin’ Them Squares” readers: Sorry that an unfinished version of this week’s installment, “The Marian” was on the site for a few hours, and sorry the finished version won’t be up till the … Continue reading

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The Listmaker (CTS, Pt. 8)

The Dave Macleod at right is an angry puzzle, and @#$% you if you don’t like it.

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