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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] 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
FIREWORKS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Fourth of July puzzle a shade early? Maybe. Maybe it's just that you're going to see fireworks while kissing solving this puzzle. Am I right? Of course I'm right. I'm... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] For a birthday present this year, Liz took me to see you-know-how perform 18-Across in its entirety. (No spoilers, so don't sweat it.) Still, that's a pretty wild piece... Continue reading
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