A bit of a departure from my usual fare. I wrote this for a puzzle potluck that I hosted today, and since I had it in hand I thought I'd share it with you. It's deliberately somewhat pop-culturey, and the significance of the final answer may be somewhat obscure if you're not involved in a particular subculture. But I had fun writing it, which surprised me since I normally don't consider myself good at writing "normal" crosswords. I forgot to make a solution file, and my primary computer is in the shop, so I'm unlikely to fix that for the next week or so. Sorry.
Edited to add (10/5): The clue for 37-down is missing a word. The figure should be "$220 million" instead of just "$220".
Argh! Two late posts in a row! This is partly due to being busy, partly due to computer troubles, and partly due to flakiness. At least I know I have something lined up for next week. Also, I'm a little frustrated that I had to do two easier puzzles in a row (a Snake Charmer and a Spiral); I prefer to alternate these with harder puzzles.
Oh my goodness, I'm so sorry for the delay in posting this puzzle. Although I had sketched it out a couple weeks ago using the "outtakes" from Snake Charmer #19, I got swamped with other projects and didn't manage to format it until tonight; as it is I didn't even have time to format the solution grid. I hope this is a one-time occurrence.
Whoops, I got so caught up in solving the latest issue of P&A Magazine that I nearly forgot to post! I started this puzzle a couple weeks ago, when I first heard about the death of 10N. That was the seed for the puzzle, and I was pleased to get a few more long entries to fit in around it, but there are a lot of 5- and 6-letter words to counterbalance the long ones.
Edited to add (9/15): Two of the clues in the puzzle were lacking enumerations. I have fixed the error and uploaded a new file. Thanks to Joe for pointing this out to me.
This puzzle exemplifies some of the compromises I have to make as a constructor. I originally had a different continuation of the entries starting at 9 and 23, but couldn't get that continuation to line up with the beginning, so I tore out a third of the puzzle and started again. On the plus side, that third of a puzzle that I didn't use can serve as an excellent seed for the next Snake Charmer. Also, in my effort to get more long words (8+ letters) into the grid, I wound up with lots of short words (3-5 letters) as well. In this case, I think the short words won, but I still like some of the long ones I managed to fit in.
Here's a new puzzle type for you. I'm not certain of the provenance of this type; I believe something like this has appeared in Games magazine, but I don't know who originated it. At any rate, it's a variation on the Whirlwind puzzles I have posted, which are themselves variations on the Marching Bands puzzle type. It's a little more complex than a Marching Bands, but don't let that scare you. Enjoy!
Here's a puzzle I sort of had in my back pocket. I hope you like it!
Edited to add (8/31): The instructions for this puzzle originally referred to a 13x13 grid with one black square, while the puzzle itself was 12x12. The instructions have been corrected and a new version has been posted. Thanks to Braze for pointing out the error.
Sorry for the delay on this one; I was unable to finish the puzzle I had originally planned to post today, so I whipped this one together at the last minute. It's sort of like a Mystery Hunt puzzle, in that it has a final answer, and you have to figure out part of the puzzle's mechanic for yourself. Nevertheless, I think it is approachable, if challenging.