Back with a variety cryptic this month, and it's a contest! This cryptic is titled "Hockey Game," and it's inspired by the "medley"-style cryptics that I primarily associate with the great Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon. If you're interested in some of Hex's medleys, here's one from 1983 and another from 2006. These kinds of variety cryptics tend to play pretty tough, so get ready for a real workout! Solving instructions are included on the PDF above, and you can submit the answer to the central unclued entry by Monday, March 1st for a chance to win a two-month Aries subscription (or extension of your subscription, if you're already a subscriber). Two winners will be selected at random - one current subscriber and one non-subscriber - and I'll post the solution along with announcing the winners on Thursday, March 4th.
It was fun to conceptualize a puzzle around hockey, which I love but aside from Bobby Orr gets pretty short shrift in puzzles. I get it - it's a niche sport and so I tend not to reference hockey all that much in my work. And if you're not a hockey fan, don't worry - there's no obscure hockey knowledge required to solve this puzzle. As always, hope you enjoy!