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Brendan Quigley
Cambridge, MA
I'm a professional puzzlemaker.
Interests: nfl, nba, indie rock, crossword puzzles, drinking, contract bridge
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REPEAT THE ENDING: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Any time you have the opportunity to link to a Chavez song you just have to do it. Right? Right. Share the puzzle. New one on Monday. Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Is it really a themeless puzzle if it has a mini theme? Is really a themeless puzzle if it has two mini-themes? You tell me. One of them was... Continue reading
CHILLIN' CHILLIN': [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Slight spoiler here, so if you want to have a clean solve, you can read this bit later. Or never. It's up to you. Anyway, I was working on... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] 68 worder today. Decided to build it around two 14s which don't quite fit the length of a grid, and so, are answers that don't make too many appearances... Continue reading
CAN I GET BACK TO YOU?: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Inside baseball here: I made this one back during the Great Flurry of Puzzle Writing (December 2016 edition). And a first draft of this puzzle... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] 2017? 2017. Let's do this. You might be asking what are my resolutions are. Let's see: make homemade pasta, and uh ... tame the dad bod. Wish me good... Continue reading
DRAIN THE SWAMP: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] I had yesterday's New York Times puzzle. Get it here: [ACROSS LITE] [PDF] How about a look back at some of my noteworthy themed puzzles from the year?... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Happy Boxing Day. Now, for those of you who have never heard my mellifluous voice before, clearly hasn't heard any of my bands. But fear not. I did an... Continue reading
SILENT KNIGHT: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] I know I say this for every holiday, but Christmas crept up on me this year. I don't know how that happens. It's not like Christmas ads don't start... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Extra wide open grid today. For some reason people who never do crosswords assume that lower word counts mean the puzzle maker's job is easier. Au contraire. Making the... Continue reading
CRYPTIC THURSDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] There was a time when I thought I'd try and write more block cryptic puzzles for the site. And like all well-intentioned good habits like, say, working out more... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] 72 worder today. Lesser construction constraints makes for more fun stuff in the grid. Less crap holding it together. In short: another winner for you. Enjoy. I've been humbled... Continue reading
SWAPPING SIDES: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Woke up crazy hungry this morning. Don't know if that's a sign that I'm not eating enough, or getting a cold, or what, but let's just say I'll take... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Big thanks to BEQ.com fan Glen Ryan for the seed answer in this puzzle. Give the people what they want, I always say, and if I'm given a boss... Continue reading
HEARING AIDES: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Now hear this: My end of the tip drive appeal begins today. Here's the skinny. The site is always free, period. If somebody is collecting your money to do... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Looking for some gift ideas for the puzzler in your life? Let's do this. Let's start with 2016's Puzzle Book Of The Year. I know, I know, I'm going... Continue reading
BLACK FRIDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Today's puzzle is probably on the harder side of medium, just sayin'. But hey, "Black Friday" puzzle on Thanksgiving? Why not? Seems like the holidays are creeping forward in... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Shout out to Andy Kravis for bringing today's seed answer to my attention. The gauntlet drop was to put it at 1-Across, but hey, it just didn't quite work... Continue reading
DOGGING IT: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] I have been getting a lot of (cute) grief from Tabitha about "when are we going to get a pet?" Who doesn't love pets? It's practically a rite of... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Interesting combo in today's offering. First up is the two 14s anchoring the grid. They're the red-headed stepchildren of themelesses since they just don't quite fit in the grid.... Continue reading
DJ SET: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] BEQ and music and puzzles? You bet. Little bit of sports in there? Natch. The only thing missing is beer. Oops, too late for a revision. Share the puzzle.... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Nine hundred. Wow. How'd that happen? Still, there's no stopping the BEQ train until we reach 900,000 puzzles. Or I die. Whichever one comes first. But even then, should... Continue reading
CANDIDATE'S DREAM: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Who says crosswords and politics don't mix? Everybody says this puzzle is the ne plus ultra of presidential race puzzles. Some argue it's the greatest puzzle of all time.... Continue reading
THEMLESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Here's an episode of Who Wore It Better? Today's Themeless Monday grid comes to you from the New York Times. This past Saturday, Crossword Jesus himself Patrick Berry droppped... Continue reading
SPOOKED: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Halloween comes early at chez BEQ this year. We'll be knocking on doors on Sunday night. Tabitha told me that she hoped she would get two Reese's Peanut Butter Cups... Continue reading