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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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GROUND BEEF: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Nothing better than having the right title to sell the puzzle, am I right? I'm always right. Let's face it, the only reason I have to ask the question... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] I've always called grids like this one "pinwheels," but maybe there's a better term out there for them. Or one that is already in use and I just haven't... Continue reading
DEFY EXPECTATION: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Hardish side of medium, today. So let's just call it straight up hard and be done with it. Strange theme, I think, but one that should entertain. And if... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Themeless Monday for you to start your week off right. Dig in. Summer drive is underway. If you've been enjoying the puzzles lately, consider a $10 tip via PayPal... Continue reading
HIGHER DEGREE: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Woke up with Steve Winwood's "Higher Love" stuck in my head this morning. I can't decide if that's a sign of the apocalypse, or if my brain was still... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Summer's here and the time is right. For uh, dancing in the streets, I guess? Barbecues? Yes, that too. Speaking of, I grilled some ahi tuna yesterday, and it... Continue reading
HALFBACKS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Sports! Well, only tangentially. Just the title, and even barely then. I had a completely ludicrous first draft title for this baby that I'm frankly too humiliated to even bring... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] The Indie 500 crossword tournament was this past weekend. One of these years, I'm going to get down to D.C. and partake in it. Attending this year was not... Continue reading
THINK ABOUT IT: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] I'm not going to lie to you. I spent a good portion of yesterday beating my brains out trying to think of some sort of a theme that... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Dunno why this didn't publish earlier. But no matter. It's still Monday, amirite? So yeah, 70 worder today. Pretty sure y'all can spot the seed answers, and if you... Continue reading
FIDGET SPINNERS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Talk about your quasi-religious experiences. I went from asking, "what the heck are those things that all your friends are spinning, Tabitha?," to hearing the name "fidget spinners," to... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] I was at a park yesterday with a bunch of family friends and such, good times. But, like all good times, they're not constant. And so, when a moment... Continue reading
A-GAME: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] There are a number of rhetorical questions that the puzzle maker asks him or herself on a daily basis. Are there any new themes left? Is this corner with 7... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Another puzzle built from the middle out. Could one say I used middle-out compression? I guess you could, but then I'd have to change the picture to some "Silicon... Continue reading
GOING UNDERGROUND: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Share the puzzle. New one on Monday. Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] I'm sure nobody, and I mean nobody will be surprised to hear what the two starting seed answers were in today's puzzle. And since nobody would flinch, I won't... Continue reading
LA LA LAND: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] No. I haven't seen the movie. No. I don't plan on seeing the movie either. I'm sure it's great. I'll just take your word on it. Share the... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] The last couple weeks of themelesses (themeli? freestyles?) I've been going for more wide-open grids, entirely because well, if it means having to write 4 or so less clues,... Continue reading
HYBRID SPORTS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Share the puzzle. New one on Monday. Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Triple stack today. Haven't made one of these in ... oh, I'm gonna say well over a year now. At one point they were pretty eye-popping grids, but now... Continue reading
BRO HUGS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Play some Pissed Jeans while solving today's puzzle to get the full "bro hugs" experience, will ya? I know you will. They're awesome. As is the crossword. Share the... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Marathon Monday today means a couple things. One, an excuse to carbo load on pasta the Sunday before (I think I ate my weight in linguine). Two, my taxes... Continue reading
GETTING YOUR DIGS IN: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] There are a couple of BEQ superfans out there with ADHD who kind of "freak out" when the grids aren't exactly square. It's a gentle kind of... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] I've been told this one's ... out there. Hard and then some. You've been warned, so pour yourself another cuppa and get to it. Share the puzzle. Continue reading
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CATCH YOU ON THE REBOUND: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] BEQ in action (inaction?) in the clip up above about the Boston Typewriter Orchestra. Now I know why people wear makeup on camera. All of us... Continue reading
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