Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a fabulous and safe celebration to ring in the new decade!
Grid Therapy begins 2020 with a themed puzzle entitled “Birds of a Feather.” This one was accepted and in the queue to run in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Sadly, the CHE is going to stop publishing crossword puzzles early this year, so their fantastic editor Brad Wilber had to release it back to me. Brad is a constructor’s dream to work with and I hope we see him heading another puzzle very soon.
I made a few tweaks to the fill and clues to make it a bit more in my own voice since I no longer had the constraints of a mainstream publication to be concerned with. I hope you enjoy solving it here on Grid Therapy.
I think this puzzle is about a Wednesday NYT level of difficulty. I realize I have not been consistent or in any way objective about how I am rating my puzzles difficulty-wise. So far I have been operating without test solvers to give me any feedback in that regard. If you are interested in helping me out with that, please send an email to drtrent (at) gmail.com. I’d love to have you participate. I make no money from this site, so neither would you. But I hope at least three or four of you experienced solvers might be willing to step up and volunteer to help me make this little corner of the Crossworld a little bit better.
One more thing. The Saturday, January 4th, Wall Street Journal 21×21 crossword puzzle was constructed by yours truly. Check it out this Saturday in print or online at the WSJ Puzzles site.
Happy solving and I’ll see you next Friday with another full-size puzzle. A mini-puzzle might be coming mid-week if time permits. Have a great week everyone!
I'm a husband, father, psychologist, musician, and crossword constructor living in Catonsville, MD. My puzzles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times and its syndicates, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Andrews McMeel Universal Syndicate, the American Values Club Crossword, and crossword apps such as the Redstone Crossword Puzzle App on iOS and Google Play. All of that means I've been published in every newspaper in the United States and many others around the world. And now I've been published here at Grid Therapy, which allows me the freedom to let who I am shine through. I hope you enjoy your time here on the crossword couch! I'd love to hear from you if you have comments or suggestions. If you're interested in having a custom crossword puzzle created for your event or organization, email me at drtrent (at) gmail.com.