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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] PROGRAM: [Java] I took the "What Crossword Constructor For The New York Times Are You?" Quiz last week, and I was kind of shocked to see I got Peter... Continue reading
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A+: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] I have a running list of theme ideas in seach of a puzzle. Usually, when inspiration strikes, a half-formed sketch goes onto the list and later when I... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] If there was any doubt that last month was one of the highest-water marks in the illustrious career of the ole' Biz Quig, I present to you... Continue reading
HARD TO SWALLOW: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] Don'tcha just love it when a theme introduces itself to you and says, "hey there! Make me!"? It happens oh so infrequently, but let me tell... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] 64 worder today. Whew, that's really wide-open. Hope you like it. No bonus points for figuring out what the seed was. Sorry, it's just too obvious today.... Continue reading
TAKING DIRECT ROUTES: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] Remember that post I wrote about how I scrambled to come up with a puzzle #5 for the ACPT under the gun? Yeah, that one. Good... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] Another Monday, another Themeless puzzle. This grid originally was scheduled for the Times (oh, speaking of, here's my latest puzzle in the Grey Lady [ACROSS LITE] [PDF]),... Continue reading
MOJO: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] If I sound a little groggy, it's because I hate a late night last night, partying hard celebrating the Orca awards. The Orcas, in case you either don't... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] We've got "Black Monk Time" on the stereo this morning while I'm uploading these files, and let me tell you Tabitha is completely losing her mind to... Continue reading
BOTTOM'S UP: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] I'm still in the midst of an ACPT hangover, so today's puzzle has run elsewhere. But it's probably new to a majority of you. Hope you enjoy... Continue reading
MARCHING BANDS: [ PDF] PROGRAM: [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] Take five. That is to say, Dan Feyer has now taken five trophies/checks for $5000/titles/scalps of his opponents/you-name-it home with him from the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. This guy's good. Crazy... Continue reading
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SAY WHAT?: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] The wait is over. The ACPT starts tomorrow. Okay, there's another 24 hours of waiting to go, but you get my point. Then it's on like Donkey... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] The American Crossword Puzzle Tournament starts this Friday. For the 99% of you going, that means it's a weekend to talk puzzles with your crossword family. Lord... Continue reading
G-FORCE: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] So, I have an American Crossword Puzzle Tournament confession to make. But first, refresh your memory to last week when I said: "So yeah, the ACPT is going... Continue reading
FLASHBACK THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] Flashback today. All the way back to the first year of the blog, some five years ago, almost. Crazy to think I've been doing this for... Continue reading
HAIR CURLERS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] Easy contest on BEQ.com last week as evidenced by the avalanche of 329 entrants. The "In the House" meta called for a current event. The long entries... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] I had to a double take when I looked at the calendar this morning. Hard to believe that we're only three weeks out from the American Crossword... Continue reading
IN THE HOUSE: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] Contest time at the BEQ.com. You know the drill: solve the puzzle, figure out the meta. The answer to this particular meta is a current event.... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] I tried to make this grid with four-way symmetry, but the damned SE corner wasn't yielding anything remotely what I'd call acceptable. So I threw in the... Continue reading
X WORD: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] When my Theme Generator 3000 machine is in the shop, I have to write my crosswords the old fashioned way: stealing one of Patrick Berry's themes using... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] The digital ink from Thursday's post about my difficuly in doing the Times of London's Listener crossword wasn't 24 hours old before I got the latest puzzle.... Continue reading
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STARTER QUIT: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] In a fit of bravado/madness that may or may not have been alcohol-influenced (but definitely hatched in a sleep-deprived stupor, though), I decided to start solving the... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] A nice puzzle book from last year that sort of fell through the cracks was recently brought back to my attention, and I gotta say I've rather... Continue reading
WINTRY MIX: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] We had a "big" (cough, cough) winter storm this week, and yeah, I'm not going to front, it was capital-C Cold. But, as for the white stuff?... Continue reading