I recently started constructing crossword puzzles (ladies).
After completing my first grid, I sent it off to a few expert friends whose puzzles are regularly published in America's leading newspapers.
I was gratified by the warm reception it got -- apparently it's pretty respectable for a rookie effort -- and yet the consensus was that, for various technical reasons, it's not newspaper-worthy.
Still, it is blogworthy, assuming I can get the approval of the editor of this blog. (Done.) So I thought I'd share it with you, my literally tens of readers. It's not an easy puzzle, but you might get a kick out of it. Feel free to email me for help (email@example.com).
I've made the black squares gray to save you some toner. Or if you prefer not to kill a tree, I can send you a .puz file so you can solve it on your computer with the elegant crossword software Across Lite, available free online.
Without further ado here's my first crossword entitled, appropriately enough, Primary Colors:
And speaking of crosswords, the second annual Chicago crossword tournament takes place tomorrow afternoon at Marbles the Brain Store on Grand Avenue. More information here.
Edit: Don't open (or scroll down to) the comments below if you want to solve the puzzle, as certain answers are mentioned there.