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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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SPLIT DECISION?: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] I could publish a list of things I will never be able to do, but frankly, when you're as good as I am at, well, um, a few things... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] 62 worder today, and well, it's got a lot openness I had to contend with while constructing it. Close examination will notice how I saved my bacon a little... Continue reading
INFESTATION: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Slight spoiler today, which starts just after the bold face. But before we get to that, reminder: Summer's mini-drive is on. Fear not, I'm NOT building up a paywall. This... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Programming announcement: The Summer Tip Drive begins today. BEQ.com shall always be free and solvers are under no obligations to pay money for this site. Making crosswords is my... Continue reading
NOTHING DOING: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] I remember the days when I started dating Liz. This was some ten years ago: I was in a band and she was wrapping up work on her PhD.... Continue reading
POOL PARTY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Special shout out to Amy Reynaldo and Jesse Lansner for both sending me a photo of this boss establishment in D.C. Road trip anyone? Sign me up, oh, I... Continue reading
BODY LANGUAGE: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Like I always say: when you're stuck for a theme, take somebody else's joke. But hey, we attribute here on BEQ.com, so it's not an outright lift. Anyway, if... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Stacked answers? Why the heck not. A stack with the marquee answers outside of said stack? Why the heck not indeed. Since these puzzles tend to fall in the... Continue reading
THEMELESS THURSDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Not a programming error. Two themless puzzles this week. Frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! Anyway, 64 worder, extra chunky. Hope you like it. Lest you get confused, that number in... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Punchy 66 word offering for today. Started in the middle and then proceeded around the grid in a counterclockwise fashion. Favorite clue in the bunch? 45-Across. And there you... Continue reading
TEE TIMES: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] I can count on my hand the number of games of golf I've played: zero. I guess I didn't need a hand to do the counting. But still, I... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Fans of my site who also happen to be fans of cryptics should go on over to Joon Pahk's blog and solve the latest by, well, the two gentlemen... Continue reading
DIS-ENTANGLE: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Two puzzles today. One from BEQ and one from my daughter Tabitha. I mean, would you look at that thing? How amazing is that. Grid? Make that "some sort abstract... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] To the mail bag. Jack Martin of Medford, MA writes: There was a certain amount of kvetching today [Friday] on the NYT Wordplay blog by non-"West Wing" fans: how... Continue reading
UNDER CARDS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] One of the challenges of puzzlemaking is coming up with another title when you've already got the perfect title ... as an answer in the puzzle. I guess this... Continue reading
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THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Strange pattern today, I'm not really entirely sure what lead to the 4x6 down chunk intersecting the other long answers going across. I mean, it's no surprise where I... Continue reading
NAIR-DO-WELL: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] The latest and greatest puzzle that I've been grappling with is a real doozy. Our hot water heater just shuts itself off at inopportune times. And then hours later, it... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] After a string of 60-something grids, we're back to the 72 worder this week. I sort of appropriated the grid from this past Saturday's New York Times. I always... Continue reading
I'M WITH THE BANNED: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Title first for this one came first and then I got the set that makes up today's puzzle. Actually that's not true. The title was a theme... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Who had a crossword beer summit last Friday? That's right this guy, and Messrs. Byron Walden and Joon Pahk. Good times. Byron was in town for some math related... Continue reading
HOPPING MAD: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Picture of Kobe "hopping" and "mad" to go along with today's puzzle? Sure, why not? I guess I'll miss him as sports is always more fun with villains. But... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Another 68 worder today. For those who either already make puzzles, or have been reading my writeups lately, know that this one was built from the middle out. I... Continue reading
MARCHING BANDS: [ JPZ][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Crossword Solver] [Adobe Reader] SOLUTION: [PDF] Variety puzzle programming today. It's a Marching Bands, obviously. And hey, what a better time to announce that enrollment for year two in my biweekly MB series begins... Continue reading
PUNNY BUSINESS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] So, Howard Barkin won the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament this weekend. Yeah, that's not a typo. I didn't believe it myself when I read about it on Twitter. But... Continue reading
TALKING CROSSWORDS: [ JPZ][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Crossword Solver] [Adobe Reader] Talking crosswords? All the time. Sometimes to the horror of my wife whose eye often glaze over mid-conversation. Anyway, PROGRAMMING NOTE: You'll notice there is no Across Lite file today.... Continue reading