You can get crosswords in many forms these days.
You get books full of them, or find them in the newspaper. Spiral-bound collections. Puzzle-a-day calendars.
You can download PDFs and Puz files, or solve them right on your screen. You can solve through puzzle apps like Daily POP Crosswords.
You can solve along with friends on Zoom or with The New York Times Wordplay crew in their livestreams.
Heck, there’s a coffee mug where you can fill out different crosswords that all fit the same empty, fillable grid on the outside of the mug. I have a crossword analog wall clock that’s solvable.
But this is definitely the first time I’ve seen a crossword made of snow.
This puzzle is the creation of pumpkin carver and ice rink artist Robert Greenfield, and he shared his icy enigma with solvers through his Twitter account.
You can solve it in more conventional form here.
I think the gripping nature of this artistic act of puzzly expression was best summed up by his brother on Twitter:
This is a REAL crossword puzzle with REAL questions and solutions (see the thread) constructed on a REAL ice rink done by my REAL brother who is REALLY impressive.
I’m curious if other frigid puzzle styles will follow suit. Will we see an ice rink word seek where he has to skate around the words to loop them? Perhaps a rime-crafted rebus to challenge observers with wordplay?
There are definitely possibilities here, with a natural timer built-in as well!
Forgive the unintentional pun, but this is pretty cool.
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