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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] Man alive, it's August already? Go figure. That can only mean one thing: Lollapuzzoola is this Saturday. Those who know the drill already, know that this is a capital... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Man alive, it's August already? Go figure. That can only mean one thing: Lollapuzzoola is this Saturday. Those who know the drill already, know that this is a capital... Continue reading
KING'S CROSS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] I've got today's New York Times puzzle today, too. Get it here: [Across Lite] [PDF]. So that's two crosswords for you. Don't say I don't hook you up. A... Continue reading
THROWBACK THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Due to circumstances beyond my control, I have to run an older puzzle on the blog today. Hey, it happens. And besides, if we're going to have a... Continue reading
BEGINNER PUZZLE: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] David Bowie alongside a BEQ puzzle? Too predictable. Okay, mid-'80s Bowie probably not as predictable. Personally? If I'm going to pull out The Thin White Duke it's "Station To... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] It's rare that we get a 66-word grid that has as much freshness as today's. Typically once we cross that 68 word count barrier, there are, shall we say,... Continue reading
TED TOO: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Anybody out there who loves cryptics should be sure to add this puzzle to your solving queue. From the master Patrick Berry, of course. And you know, You Know,... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] What can you say about a 72 word themeless? Hey, that kinda sounds like a good opening line, maybe for my inevitable autobiography? Or maybe it's a title for... Continue reading
ONE STEP FORWARD: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] When I was trying to think of what picture to run alongside a puzzle called "One Step Forward," there was one thing that simply Would. Not. Leave. My.... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Employed the unofficial "Mike Shenk Axiom" of themeless puzzle construction this go-around by starting with the second answer from the top in this crossword. Partly because it's made up... Continue reading
MIC DROP: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Really odd looking grid for today's offering, entirely forced by an weird theme with tight constraints. And yet it's got the word count of a typical themeless crossword. I... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Behold the 4x10 corners in the northwest and southeast sections. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't planning on making them that chunky. After putting the obvious seed... Continue reading
COME TOGETHER: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Another puzzle theme from the seemingly neverending list of "theme answer in search of a crossword." That's the list of ideas that haven't been completely fleshed out, but, dang... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Over the next two weeks, I'm asking kindly that if you've been enjoying the puzzles on this site to consdier a $10 tip. This is by no means a... Continue reading
HITCHING A RIDE: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Some shoegaze while you're solving? Why the heck not? Share the puzzle. New one on Monday. Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Why yes, there are two 14s in today's themeless. They're kind of the red-headed stepchildren of crossword answers, but since I'm a redhead myself, I can relate. Sure, I've... Continue reading
FILM ON LOCATION: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Behold. The latest puzzle that has completely stumped BEQ. For the last ten minutes I have struggling to untangle a Slinky that Tabitha had folded back onto itself,... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Possible spoilers below! So you know, if you are concerned about not knowing anything about your puzzles before solving them (as you should be), maybe it's best to avoid... Continue reading
TWO STATE SOLUTION: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] If you're not already a subscriber to the AV Club, really what's your excuse now? We've only been doing it for 2.5 years, and there's been some top-flight... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Color co-ordinated father/daughter outfits? Why not? It was her idea, and who am I to deny, Tabitha? Check out the boss pink wellies action in the above photo. When... Continue reading
CHANTS ENCOUNTERS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Last time reminder, if you're in the D.C. area, sign up for this Saturday's Indie 500 tournament. Six of the brightest young stars in the puzzling business are hosting... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] This week is bookended by Indy 500s it seems. Juan Pablo Montoya wins his second Indy 500 yesterday, and this Saturday maybe one of you reading this will win... Continue reading
SINGERS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Tabby has really taken to music, unsurprisingly, as her dad has been educating/torturing her with all sorts of, well, whatever I feel like listening to that day. No matter, she'll... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] In today's 68 worder, there's kind of deceptively lower word count as the whole "four quadrants with a slash down the middle" usually puts us in the 72 range.... Continue reading
THE OTHER WAY AROUND: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] There are times when my brain isn't connected to my mouth. Or if it is, thoughts get lost in translation when making their way to my lips... Continue reading