Who are two of my favourite puzzlers on Puzzling.SE?

Complete the crossword below to find out. A complete answer will provide the names of two of my favourite puzzlers on Puzzling.SE as well as the completed crossword.

There is a twist here, but I'll leave it up to you to figure out what it is.

I have attempted to follow the conventions of New York Times crosswords when it comes to the clues, but I'm sure there are a few places where I haven't quite succeeded, so please keep an open mind...!

For those who want to print and work on it, here is a one-page printable version.

Crossword grid

1. Bad end for a tooth?
5. Formal sanction
16. Word with "box" or "muscle"
19. Nocturnal critter
20. Like some cuisine
21. _____ the ground
22. World Cup cheer
23. Inflection
25. Untested
26. Extinct bird
27. Eyeballs or moons, e.g.
28. It has bark but no bite
30. Frivolous escapade
32. Graveside music
34. Stern direction
37. Daytime TV choice
41. All in ______ work
42. Ghostbusters Ph.D. Spengler
44. Nighttime annoyance
45. Along with storge and philia, kin of 35 Down
48. Island on the Croatian coast of the Adriatic Sea
49. Provoke to anger
51. Part of GPS coords.
52. Add a little colour to
53. Prefix meaning "personal, private"
55. California wines
56. Family reunion attendee
58. Petro-Canada competitor
59. Type of 7-line poem
61. With gravity
63. Means of manual propulsion
64. Burn soother
65. Penned
66. In a languid manner
68. Food store
71. One of only two types of egg-laying mammals
74. Beasts of burden
75. ______ of rubbish; a falsehood
76. One of only 5 on Earth
77. Skip out on someone
79. Prefix with kind or made
80. State of disbelief?
82. Narcissus pseudonarcissus, e.g.
86. Where the sun rises in Cancún
88. Setting with knights and castles
89. Forcibly remove
91. Lean and tough
92. Ladies' fingers
93. Sis, bro, or cuz
94. Close to the bullseye
96. Protocol for server storage (abbr.)
97. (He) knows, according to Jaques
98. Tools for the links
101. Half the title of a Kasabian song
102. Greek muse
104. Ingredient in Chinese soup
107. You'll find several in intensive care units
108. Inventor of dynamite
109. Indigenous animals
111. "____ of wine, a cigarette, and then it's time to go" - Leonard Cohen
113. Jacob's twin
114. Started, as a fire
115. Potential PETA cry
119. Vena cava, e.g.
125. Fuss and bother
126. Draw up
127. It's just across the strait from Morocco
128. ____'clock: coffee break time
129. Ratio word
130. ________ trend: eschews the latest fad
131. Miss in Mex.

1. Play part
2. Baby sound
3. Type of ex gratia payment
4. Verve
5. Court officials
6. Off-road transport, for short
7. However, poetically
8. Common computer configuration file type
9. Library section, briefly
10. Cake shop employees
11. Greek sea
12. _____ and feather
13. Rage
14. Potential salary in sales (abbr.)
15. Poetic present
16. Metaphors, e.g.
17. Soothing plant
18. Stern, on land
24. Extremely large
29. Daughter of Hyperion
31. Sharp mountain ridge
32. Bathsheba's lover
33. _______ taw a puddy tat!
34. Chastise
35. See 45 Across
36. Outfit for Octavian?
38. Cornmeal porridge
39. Agent of divine communication
40. Piranha boss in Nintendo's Mario games
43. Wilder ending?
46. Marked down
47. 2010 Indian rom-com: I hate luv _______
50. Stutterer's dissent
54. WWII landing site: _____ Beach
56. Stereotypical Puzzling.SE user
57. Blacksmith's medium
60. ____ up: drunk, slangily
62. Gemini, e.g.
66. Street kid
67. "I'm _____ walker, but I never walk back." - Abraham Lincoln
68. Walk-on roles
69. Home of Nome
70. Many a member of Puzzling.SE
71. Level of hierarchy
72. Middling grades
73. Hospital illnesses (abbr.)
76. Not me or you
77. Kevin and Francis
78. Rears, to a sailor
80. Pungent
81. With "chow", a delicious dish
82. Matt in Dogma
83. Ones who correct misconceptions
84. Livid
85. Certain disinfectant
87. Eschew takeout
90. One of my favourite Puzzling.SE puzzlers
95. On edge
99. Almost at
100. Serpentine sound
103. Uses a spit
105. Gospel, soul, blues, or funk (abbr.)
106. Its capital is Lhasa
109. Part of an envelope
110. Assistant
112. Pro
113. Nights before
116. Spanish gold
117. Fairy
118. MMA org.
120. Leftover morsel
121. Exclamation of awe
122. Printer resolution
123. Tolkien creature
124. Mauna ____


Did you have any "wrong" guesses when completing the puzzle, especially around the area of 90D? Perhaps you should explore those more. Compare your answers with other solvers. Did they get the same results?

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    $\begingroup$ Think your grid is missing the number 89, unless that's somehow part of the twist. $\endgroup$
    – Bailey M
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 15:29
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    $\begingroup$ @BaileyM It should be obvious where the 89 belongs (directly below 81). It's not intentional; just a mistake on my part. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 15:38
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    $\begingroup$ I'll save you guys the trouble of solving the crossword: the answers are NeedAName and @Roland, aka the Puzzling Twins. Why? Because how could it not be us!? $\endgroup$
    – NeedAName
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 15:53
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    $\begingroup$ @GentlePurpleRain is 34A 'bat'? If so, I've completed it. $\endgroup$
    – Bailey M
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 19:47
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    $\begingroup$ Hm, I think I know it - it must be something similar to the (in)famous BOBDOLE/CLINTON crossword. $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Commented Sep 3, 2015 at 18:13

2 Answers 2


Well, now that everyone else has done 99% of the work, allow me take the glory... The second puzzler is:



There's several alternative answers you can use for the following:
81D - With "chow", a delicious dish - MEAN ("this is some mean chow")
82D - Matt in Dogma - DEMON (Matt Damon plays the part of Loki, a demonic figure)
89A - Forcibly remove - EJECT
94A - Close to the bullseye - ALMOST
101A - Half the title of a Kasabian song - NEON (from the song "Neon Noon")
107A - You'll find several in intensive care units - ENS (there's two types of nurses Registered Nurses and Enrolled Nurses, or RNs and ENs)

...I guess you couldn't fit Alconja into a four letter space anyway...

  • $\begingroup$ I figured as much, but I refused to admit the second puzzler wasn't me :( $\endgroup$
    – Bailey M
    Commented Sep 4, 2015 at 4:23
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    $\begingroup$ @BaileyM - Don't worry, we'll go make our own crossword... I note that BaileyM and Alconja have the same number of letters. $\endgroup$
    – Alconja
    Commented Sep 4, 2015 at 4:29
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    $\begingroup$ Good luck making those cross haha $\endgroup$
    – Bailey M
    Commented Sep 4, 2015 at 4:32
  • $\begingroup$ @BaileyM - Pfft. How hard could it be? 5A - inappropriate way to refer to women in the workplace (hoe/hon), 6A - a type of food (jam/yam)... practically writes itself. $\endgroup$
    – Alconja
    Commented Sep 4, 2015 at 4:39
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    $\begingroup$ @Alconja, until you try to fit them all into a crossword; then it becomes a lot more difficult. I originally intended to have several pairs of puzzlers in the puzzle, but after getting it to work for the 4-letter ones, I lowered my expectations. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 4, 2015 at 5:07

Partial Answer

It's close to a final answer... but I'm missing the twist and a final favorite puzzler...

Anyways, here's the grid:

crossword grid

ERRATA: 96-Across should be 'SAS', not 'NAS'. That makes 83-Down 'DISABUSER'. (Thanks @Kingrames)

The first favorite puzzler is xnor, who's the answer to 90-Down. As I've already mentioned, the second puzzler to this point eludes me.

  • $\begingroup$ What you've completed so far contains one error. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 20:31
  • $\begingroup$ @GentlePurpleRain oh god D: I guess I'd better find that then $\endgroup$
    – Bailey M
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 20:32
  • $\begingroup$ It's in the lower-right quadrant. Check your Down clues. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 20:32
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    $\begingroup$ here's to hoping the second puzzler is "whoever solves it." ...waitaminnute, how can there only be one error? If a letter is wrong, isn't it two errors? $\endgroup$
    – Kingrames
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 20:44
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    $\begingroup$ My guess is that there's an alternate answer for the clues near 90 Down. 89 Across being "eject", 94 Across being "almost", or something like that to make the second puzzler JLee (?). $\endgroup$
    – f''
    Commented Sep 3, 2015 at 18:22

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