Current Puzzle

June Cocktail: French 75

The June Cocktail puzzle is now posted. If you have not joined, sign up at my Patreon page. To submit an answer, use the form on the right side of the page.

This first version of the puzzle contains no instructions. Instead, it has just a recipe for the cocktail, the grid, and the clues without enumerations. There will be a twist to the puzzle, and after a week, a new puzzle will be posted that has the recipe replaced by more detailed instructions. To appear on the No Help Leaderboard, you must solve this first version of the puzzle without help before the second version is posted. If you receive help or solve after the second version of the puzzle goes live, you will still appear on the separate alphabetical list of solvers. See the FAQ for more information about all of this.

The entire year of puzzles has a hidden final answer which will likely not be found until late in the year. If you do find it, there's a link under the current puzzle submission on the right side of the page that will let you enter the answer. You get only one chance to enter the answer for the year, so guess wisely.

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About Me

My name is Martin Reinfried, and in some circles, I am known as Negroni. I have been writing puzzles for a long time, both for work and for fun, and I have always been enamored of cryptic crosswords, especially variety cryptics. I have written several variety cryptics, some for fun, some appearing in the MIT Mystery Hunt, and some published in the National Puzzlers League's Enigma magazine. Most of the variety cryptics I have written can be accessed at I am a software engineer, and I have been a co-founder of a couple of companies, including Shinteki, where I wrote a mobile app to run puzzle-based events. I live in Telluride, CO with my wife Dennise and son Max, and I look forward to providing you with a steady stream of variety cryptic puzzles.