Psyche part that becomes a waffle brand if you add another G [3]

A Monday-level clue has to walk a very fine line: it has to be clear enough to a novice and it has to still appeal to an expert solver by being novel. This clue satisfies by providing two different hints, entertainingly linking EGO to an Eggo waffle.


  • Patrick Blindauer, Patrick’s Puzzles, 5/8/17

Seuss’s Scrooge, basically [6]

It’s an alliterative literary comparison: which Dr. Seuss character acts a lot like Dickens’s Scrooge? That’s certainly one way to lighten up a familiar clue for a GRINCH.

  • Patrick Blindauer, Patrick’s Puzzles, 5/1/17

If you don’t have one, consult a doctor immediately [5]

I’ll call this one the impossible clue: clearly a person without a PULSE wouldn’t be able to consult a doctor, as they’d be dead (and if they weren’t, they might actually not want to consult a doctor, given how we treat zombies ’round here). And yet, the clue’s quite fair (maybe you considered LIVER, HEART, or BRAIN first), and funny, too!

  • Patrick Blindauer, Patrick’s Puzzles, 4/24/17

Part of a practical joke [4]

I like the way this one nonchalantly misleads the reader; we’re not talking about one of the lines from a joke, or even the act of, saying throwing TP. We’re talking about literally being part of the joke, about being IN ON it.

  • Patrick Blindauer, Patrick’s Puzzles, 4/17/17

State capital whose name means “a good place to dig potatoes” [6]

If you’re going with a trivia question in your clue, it’d better be a good one. This, ladies and gentlemen, is a good one. For the first time in my snobbish solving, I’m realizing that TOPEKA might actually serve a real-world purpose.

  • Patrick Blindauer, Patrick’s Puzzles, 4/10/17

Leak from one’s lids [3]

Talk about an interesting way to describe a common bodily function; I don’t know that I’ll ever again be able to describe a good CRY without looking out for an emotional plumber.

  • Patrick Blindauer, Patrick’s Puzzles, 4/3/17

Charmingly old-fashioned [6]

The clue itself echoes the answer perfectly–“old-fashioned” alone can’t describe the word we’re looking for. No, we need to do this “charmingly,” and that leads us to a word that practically drips with onomatopoetic cuteness: QUAINT.

  • Patrick Blindauer, Patrick’s Puzzles, 3/27/17

Alternative to a tanning booth [7]

With Trump in office, I feel as if all Americans should be able to distinguish between a booth-imbued glow and some sort of hasty spray. Class that word up a bit, though, and you’ll get the refined answer used here: BRONZER.

  • Patrick Blindauer, Patrick’s Puzzles, 3/20/17

Like potpourri [8]

When the answer is as lively a word as AROMATIC, sometimes its best to let the clue be as plain as possible–not that potpourri is all that shabby itself!

  • Patrick Blindauer, Patrick’s Puzzles, 3/13/17