Nathan Curtis is creating Variety Puzzles
81
patrons
$132
per month
I'm Nathan Curtis, aka Tortoise. I make puzzles. I've been mashing words (and numbers, pictures, shapes, etc.) together for the amusement of others casually since 2006 or so, and more seriously since 2011. My primary areas of expertise are variety crossword types (of the sort you might see in the Sunday New York Times or the Saturday Wall Street Journal) and puzzle hunts (of the sort you might see at the MIT Mystery Hunt or DASH, or in P&A Magazine), though I also dabble in math and logic puzzles. Some of my puzzles have appeared in Will Shortz's WordPlay and the Enigma, and I have helped write and edit puzzle hunts for the National Museum of Mathematics and the Boston Area Puzzle Hunt League. To find out more, you can check out some of my puzzles over at my website, Tortoiseshell Studio.

Unfortunately, there aren't many outlets for freelance constructors to get variety puzzles published. The newspapers and magazines out there only publish so many puzzles a year, and they have hundreds of submissions (thousands if you include standard crossword puzzles) by dozens of constructors to pick from. If I want to get more puzzles out there, self-publishing is the way to go. And that's where you and Patreon come in.

I will be writing puzzles, and every two weeks or so I will release a pack of puzzles to my supporters. Each pack will contain at least two puzzles, and with a couple exceptions, I will publish no more than three puzzle packs per month. The exception to the every-other-week rule comes into play if I write a puzzle hunt, which I might break into two or more packs to be released in quick succession. I anticipate writing a puzzle hunt of this nature maybe once a year, so most of the time you can plan on weekly releases. Most of the puzzles will be variety crossword types as I mentioned before; examples include Marching Bands, Pathfinder, Some Assembly Required, and cryptic crosswords. I will also throw in the occasional logic puzzle or whatnot to mix things up, but variety crosswords are my bread and butter, and you can expect to see at least one in each puzzle pack.

Why should you support my puzzle-writing habit? For one thing, I think I'm rather good at it. I'll be the first to admit that my early puzzles were a bit rough, but I've been at it for a few years, and based on the progress I've made, I'm continuing to improve. If you like crosswords but wish they came with more of a twist, I think you'll enjoy my puzzles. And while I will continue to post puzzles for free on my website, supporters will see more puzzles, and get them sooner. Also, your support will allow me to employ test-solvers on a regular basis, smoothing out the wrinkles that were in some of my earlier puzzles. In the long run, if I can maintain a consistent output and there is sufficient support, I may move to a monthly subscription model, and perhaps even get an editor to go over my work.

That's it in a nutshell. If you like puzzles, I hope you will consider supporting my work. And thanks for taking the time to check me out!
Tiers
Mock Turtle
$1 or more per month
For $1, you get access to 1-3 puzzles per month, as well as the Under Construction live stream.
Cecil Turtle
$2 or more per month
For $2, you get all the benefits of the $1 tier, plus an additional bonus puzzle most months.
Morla, the Ancient One
$3 or more per month
For $3, you get all the benefits of the $2 tier, plus an additional bonus puzzle many months.
The Great A'Tuin
$5 or more per month
For $5, you get all the benefits of the $3 tier, plus an additional bonus puzzle many months.
Goals
$132 of $250 per month
I would like to go from 2 puzzle packs a month to 3, and to help make that happen, I plan to bring in guest constructors to write one puzzle a month. At this level, I can actually pay the guest constructors a reasonable fee!
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I'm Nathan Curtis, aka Tortoise. I make puzzles. I've been mashing words (and numbers, pictures, shapes, etc.) together for the amusement of others casually since 2006 or so, and more seriously since 2011. My primary areas of expertise are variety crossword types (of the sort you might see in the Sunday New York Times or the Saturday Wall Street Journal) and puzzle hunts (of the sort you might see at the MIT Mystery Hunt or DASH, or in P&A Magazine), though I also dabble in math and logic puzzles. Some of my puzzles have appeared in Will Shortz's WordPlay and the Enigma, and I have helped write and edit puzzle hunts for the National Museum of Mathematics and the Boston Area Puzzle Hunt League. To find out more, you can check out some of my puzzles over at my website, Tortoiseshell Studio.

Unfortunately, there aren't many outlets for freelance constructors to get variety puzzles published. The newspapers and magazines out there only publish so many puzzles a year, and they have hundreds of submissions (thousands if you include standard crossword puzzles) by dozens of constructors to pick from. If I want to get more puzzles out there, self-publishing is the way to go. And that's where you and Patreon come in.

I will be writing puzzles, and every two weeks or so I will release a pack of puzzles to my supporters. Each pack will contain at least two puzzles, and with a couple exceptions, I will publish no more than three puzzle packs per month. The exception to the every-other-week rule comes into play if I write a puzzle hunt, which I might break into two or more packs to be released in quick succession. I anticipate writing a puzzle hunt of this nature maybe once a year, so most of the time you can plan on weekly releases. Most of the puzzles will be variety crossword types as I mentioned before; examples include Marching Bands, Pathfinder, Some Assembly Required, and cryptic crosswords. I will also throw in the occasional logic puzzle or whatnot to mix things up, but variety crosswords are my bread and butter, and you can expect to see at least one in each puzzle pack.

Why should you support my puzzle-writing habit? For one thing, I think I'm rather good at it. I'll be the first to admit that my early puzzles were a bit rough, but I've been at it for a few years, and based on the progress I've made, I'm continuing to improve. If you like crosswords but wish they came with more of a twist, I think you'll enjoy my puzzles. And while I will continue to post puzzles for free on my website, supporters will see more puzzles, and get them sooner. Also, your support will allow me to employ test-solvers on a regular basis, smoothing out the wrinkles that were in some of my earlier puzzles. In the long run, if I can maintain a consistent output and there is sufficient support, I may move to a monthly subscription model, and perhaps even get an editor to go over my work.

That's it in a nutshell. If you like puzzles, I hope you will consider supporting my work. And thanks for taking the time to check me out!

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Tiers
Mock Turtle
$1 or more per month
For $1, you get access to 1-3 puzzles per month, as well as the Under Construction live stream.
Cecil Turtle
$2 or more per month
For $2, you get all the benefits of the $1 tier, plus an additional bonus puzzle most months.
Morla, the Ancient One
$3 or more per month
For $3, you get all the benefits of the $2 tier, plus an additional bonus puzzle many months.
The Great A'Tuin
$5 or more per month
For $5, you get all the benefits of the $3 tier, plus an additional bonus puzzle many months.