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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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THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Sixty-six worder today. Have at it. Share the puzzle. New one on Thursday. Continue reading
BOARD MEETING: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] My first job out of college was an editorial assistant at Houghton Mifflin in their math education division. Second grade math specifically. Good times. That entailed mostly photocopying mountains... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] 72 worder. Probably zero surprises where I started each corner, because let's face it. Themeless puzzles are in many ways just 4 mini-puzzles staple-gunned together. Doesn't mean it's not... Continue reading
EVERYTHING'S GONNA BE ALL RIGHT: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Looks like "Drunk Crosswords" has begun shipping, so let's do this. By the way, I love getting photos of you solvers solving/mugging with/defacing/etc. the book. So... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] I've been hearing from good sources that "Drunk Crosswords" ships on Friday. So, there you have it. Our long national nightmare of waiting for the Puzzle Book Of The... Continue reading
ZIP YOUR LIP: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Here's a puzzle from the serendipitous breaks file. That 20- and 47-Across were the same length felt almost like a, dare I say, religious experience. A little bit... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] I've been going through a gorgeous book of cryptics lately: "Out of Left Field," a collection of Joshua Kosman and Henry Picciotto's lovely puzzles for The Nation. This collection... Continue reading
BACK IN SCHOOL: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Great googly moogly. Tabitha starts Kindergarten, uh, today. Damn. Now she's on the academic track until she decides sheepskin-to-be-determined-later is enough. Or, she drops out. Infriggingsane. Where'd the... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Sixty worder for today. That's probably my lower limit for themeless construction nowadays. (For those that don't know, the lower the word count, the harder it is for the... Continue reading
SURF'S UP: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] For my birthday this year Liz got tickets to see Brian Wilson perform "Pet Sounds" in its entirety. With the Boston Pops backing up his already crackerjack band. Better... Continue reading
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THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Nothing like a good gauntlet drop to inspire a puzzle maker to do his thing. Oh, might want to hold off on clicking that link just yet if you're... Continue reading
HOO BYE: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Somewhat of a throwback puzzle today by having not only four shorter theme answers, but also placing them in a pinwheel layout. And why not. My latest AV puzzle... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Chant with me: "I'm #33! I'm #33!" Hey! That's Larry Bird's number. So just call me the Bird of Crosswords. Anyway, what does "I'm 33" mean? No, it's not... Continue reading
REDHEADS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Reminder: this Saturday is Lollapuzzoola 9. New York City's only crossword tournament. All Souls Church (that's 1157 Lexington Ave. Manhattan) will host the party once again. And once again, yours... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of my first-ever published crossword, and I even have the yellowed newspaper clipping to prove it. For those who care to give it a... Continue reading
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BBQ: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Not to be confused with this puzzle, today's BBQ puzzle is completely brand spanking new. Hey, there's a thought. Next time I'm stuck for inspiration, I should take a previous... Continue reading
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GROUP THINK: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Oldie-but-goodie on BEQ.com today. This one's from The Onion, some nearly five years ago. If pressed, I'd say it's one of my favorite puzzle themes. And, if pressed, I'd... Continue reading
THIS TIME ITS PERSONAL: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Two puzzles today? Why the hell not. How about a WSJ puzzle by yours truly? Boom. Onto the next thing. My good pal Brian Cimmet bugged me... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Who's that studly member of the Bald Brotherhood lounging on that couch? Me, of course. And what's sexier than yours truly? How about an advance copy of 2016's puzzle... Continue reading
GYM BUDDIES: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Today's puzzle should be a not too tricky of a workout, at least I don't think it is. Just good ole' fashioned fun. Solve it with one of your... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Thanks to all who forwarded the articles about the woman who defaced the expensive artwork that she believed was a crossword puzzle. Here is one for those who haven't... Continue reading
MUSICAL ROUND: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Rather strange juxtaposition happening on yours truly's computer while I'm setting up today's puzzle. As you can see, the YouTube clip that is accompanying the crossword says Ratt, while... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] We took the above book out of the library for Tabitha, and well, you can probably imagine the caliber of humor contained in the book. In fact, I challenged... Continue reading
WEB OF WORDS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] I was pracitically falling asleep the other week, but I'd managed to turn to Liz (who conveniently still had her cell phone on) and told her to email... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] 2/3 The puzzle. Note scary corners. pic.twitter.com/2PiKKOhj5D— Matt Gaffney (@metabymatt) June 28, 2016 Happy Independence Day. And what a better way to celebrate the day than to post a... Continue reading