Section Eight #1

This week I'm trying out a new puzzle type, the Section Eight. Examples of this type, which was devised by Patrick Berry, can be seen on occasion in the Wall Street Journal's Saturday puzzle offerings -- see here for the most recent example -- but I first encountered this puzzle type through Foggy Brume's P&A Magazine. There was also an interesting variation on this type in BAPHL 6, called "The Vinyl Countdown". Anyway, this is my first attempt at writing a Section Eight, and while it's a little rough in spots, including a couple of tough entries and an etymological doublet that I failed to catch in time to fix, I hope you'll enjoy it.

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Spiral #16

It's Saturday, which means it's time for another puzzle. Here, have a Spiral.

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Mini-March #2

Another fun-sized Marching Bands, coming right up.

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Snake Charmer #9

I anticipate being pretty busy tomorrow (with BAPHL 6, among other things) so I'm posting this puzzle a day early.

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Whirlwind #2

Today's puzzle is brought to you by the letter...me! Wait, I am a letter? I is a letter, but I am going off on a silly tangent. Enjoy the puzzle, before I lose all comprehensibility.

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Snake Charmer #8

I think I've built up another buffer that should last me a month or two. Good thing, because I've had a lot of other puzzle-related projects clamoring for my attention.

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Mini-March #1

Since I've been in a rut trying to write some of the "hard" puzzles (e.g., Marching Bands, Some Assembly Required, variety cryptics) in the past few weeks, I decided to try writing Marching Bands puzzles with a smaller grid. The same rules still apply, but the grid is 11x11 rather than 13x13. Mini-March: now with 28% fewer letters!*

*As compared to regular Marching Bands

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Spiral #15

Last month, I mentioned doing a last-minute rewrite of Spiral #14. Well, as it turned out, I was able to turn it into two separate puzzles, each better (in my opinion) than the original. Sometimes these things work out to my advantage.

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Secret Societies

Taking a break from the variety grid puzzles to give you another taste of cryptology.

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Snake Charmer #7

You want a puzzle? Have a puzzle. I made it myself!

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