portrait by Dave Howard
Welcome to my cryptic crossword website! My name is Ron Sweet; Iím Kegler in the
National Puzzlersí League (aka the NPL). I construct puzzles under both monikers.
December 1, 2009
I feel it is only fair to announce that, after this month, there is likely to be an interruption in my regular posting schedule.
The challenge of coming up with a new gimmick idea every month, self-imposed though it is, has become somewhat of
a burden of late; it is starting to feel like a job, and I do not want it to become that. I still enjoy constructing, and fully
intend to continue doing it, but Iím no longer going to worry about having something ready by the first of each month.
I know there are at least a few solvers for whom this is bad news, and I am sorry about that. I am grateful to have
people who enjoy my work, and I especially appreciate those who have taken the time and trouble to write
Thanks, and best wishes to all of you.
On the first of each month, I present here one bar-style and one block-style cryptic crossword, written by me
and edited by my good friend Marilyn Castle.
Whenever possible, each puzzle is offered in both interactive
and printable formats, although occasionally a puzzle wonít lend itself to interactive solving.
A solution page is provided for each puzzle (linked at the bottom of the HTML and Java versions).
If you are unfamiliar with cryptic crosswords, Theresa Cunninghamís excellent
Guide to Solving Cryptic Crosswords helps explain how they work.
You might also want to try some of the Beginner Puzzles below.
The other two links lead to puzzles for more experienced solvers.
On November 9, 2007, I was a contestant on Merv Griffinís Crosswords. For anyone interested,
courtesy of Nancy Shack, my part of the show (sans commercials) is available for viewing on YouTube:
Ron Sweet on Merv Griffinís Crosswords - Part 1
Ron Sweet on Merv Griffinís Crosswords - Part 2
Feedback is very welcome! Encouraged, even. I always appreciate hearing from solvers; it provides
confirmation that the puzzles are being solved, which for me as the constructor is the whole point.
So please feel free to comment if the mood strikes you.
You can e-mail me privately here,
or participate in a more public discussion of the puzzles at Amy Reynaldoís crosswordfiend.com blog
in the forum dedicated to Cryptic Crosswords.
Thanks for dropping by! I hope you enjoyed your visit and will return.
Mrs. Taylorís class
Mr. Zellmanís class
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