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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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MANSPREADING: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Does it feel a bit ridiculous to enshrine such a preposterous notion as "manspreading" in a puzzle? Probably a a little bit, but hey, it's a dirty job and somebody's... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Here's to 300[000] more themeless puzzles. I love this grid. Not only because it's an opportunity ot use a few 12 letter answers (uncommon in daily-sized puzzles because of... Continue reading
BLANK OUT: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Title first, theme developed around said title, grid built around said developed theme, clues written for said developed grid. That's the formula for making puzzles. It's kind of like... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Started off with the rather surprising answer 23-Down in today's puzzle. Surprising not because of the word per se. Surprising because I usually put the marquee answer at 1-Across.... Continue reading
NO FUNNY STUFF: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] -1. That's the temperature outside of BEQ.com headquarters. -1. Insane. And that's what it is before taking the wind chill factor into account. I'd hate to be the... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Well, here's something you don't see too often (in a puzzle made by me, that is): a dual-symmetry grid. Unlike normal crosswords where you have to turn the whole... Continue reading
2014 IN REVIEW: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Happy New Year everybody. Let's make it a good one. But first, a look back at some of my favorite puzzles from 2014. Top of the list, no... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Once again, we've been spending Christmas here with the inlaws. I love England, it's a trip. Where else can you go to hear David Bowie and Elastic get played... Continue reading
ALL THE TRIMMINGS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Merry Christmas, everybody. In case you were wondering, I got a piece of coal in my stocking. One single piece. Guess I was naughty this year. It's not... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Tabby decided that she would begin tackling the Times of London's Listener crossword last week. I must have misplaced my copy, but no matter. She saw fit to go... Continue reading
COMING BACK IN: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Subscribers to the AV Club puzzles already know that yesterday was my turn in the rotation. Fun fact: The theme for that puzzle was one of the many... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Every now and again I set out to make a themeless grid that's basically four massive chunks of white. I start with a killer seed entry and then start... Continue reading
Armagh, that's still an older version with problems. Please look at the corrected files. Thanks
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WHAT GOES AROUND: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Word game lovers (and if you're regulars to this site, I'm assuming you are) might enjoy the game Synonymy. It's a simple enough app/game in a rather elegant... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] 700th puzzle? 700th puzzle. Here's to 700(000,000) more. To commemorate the 700th puzzle, let's run a picture of a Roland System 700, shall we? If anybody's thinking about getting... Continue reading
IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE?: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] I suppose it's possible that there are categories that are simply verboten when it comes to making puzzles. And yes, I could list those,... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] For my money, no serious puzzler's home should be without a copy of Mike Selinker's magnum opus "The Maze of Games." Part novel, part choose your own adventure, tons... Continue reading
GIVE 'EM THE BIRD: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] This Thanksgiving, I'm finally making good on an idea that I've been talking about/threatening to do for years now. Liz and I will be doing a fun... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Had a couple seed entries I wanted to use for this puzzle, and since they were pretty long, it became apparent that I had to cross them in order... Continue reading
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BROKEN RECORDS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] A couple weeks ago, I hid an Easter Egg in one of my puzzles. Do you see it? So, a while back I got an email from a Jess... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] While we were eating breakfast this morning, Tabitha asked me to help her with this gigantic sticker/puzzle book. You can probably guess the puzzle types. Place this sticker of... Continue reading
BEHIND THE MUSIC: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] The theme for this one came about after having a spirited conversation with Amy Reynaldo about recent Puzzlesocial puzzles. Their crosswords might be a little straightforward for the... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] This grid has become more or less a go-to grid pattern for me for a couple of reasons. There are times that I have a must-use 12-letter seed entry... Continue reading
TURN DOWN FOR WHAT?: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Share the puzzle. New one on Monday. Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] November already? Man alive. Where'd that time go? Though it doesn't really feel like November here in Boston. More like January. Anyway, is November the month we're all supposed... Continue reading