Lady! Ladi! Ladé!

The autumn is rich will puzzle hunts: DASH, Puzzle Boat, Mark Halpin’s Labor Day set, Cryptic Puzzle Hunt, and now REDDOT (link below). Battle that SAD by digging into a plethora of really solid puzzles.

Here’s a creative challenge. A recent Twitter puzzle presented these 5 phrases and asked you to come up with another that followed the same pattern:

  • William, Harry
  • Lady! Ladi! Ladé!
  • Flood’s Going Over My Head
  • NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt, Jr., from 1999 to 2007
  • The Road Also Known as Michigan Highway 102

The gimmick is: each describes a song with a number in it and the number of words in the clue equals the number mentioned in the song. (Two Princes, Three Times A Lady, Five Feet High and Rising. Driver 8, 8 Mile.)

Your challenge: come up with another phrase that can fit in this set and submit it here. I’ll post my 3 favorites in the next Dispatch.

How to Make a Crossword Puzzle - The New York Times

In the final part of this series, the New York Times crossword editors reveal their process for evaluating and editing a puzzle submission.

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This Beautiful Wooden Cabinet Hides the Most Fiendishly Complicated Puzzle I’ve Ever Seen
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This hunt out of Singapore premiered last year and was very impressive. It’s back again for another year. Puzzles drop on Friday October 5.

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