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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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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
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] 7-Down first then the 4x8 corners second. Take note that 8- and 38-Down didn't necessarily have to be 8 letter entries, but rather two 4 letter answers. But I... Continue reading
I NEED A DRINK: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Sort of a throwback puzzle today in the sense that this grid pattern was much more of a stand-by when I first started making puzzles nearly 20... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Sort of odd how much music I fit in this puzzle, but then again, what's the old adage? Write what you know? Okay then, I write what I know... Continue reading
ALTERNATE ENDINGS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Hit me up if you think a "box set" of unfinished puzzles/alternate grids/demos/unreleased crosswords/etc. by yours truly would make your life complete. I'm sure I have hard drives full... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Oh the trials and tribulations of a crossword puzzle constructor. This grid started off unsurprisingly enough with the upper left corner, middle long answer first and then the other... Continue reading
GOING UP: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Life imitates art? You tell me. It just so happens that the day I run a puzzle called "Going Up," is on the morning after the first night in... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] This gem of a photo came to BEQ.com headquarters late last week courtesy of my brother-in-law's father-in-law, Stu White of Portlandia. Stu writes: "This spot seemed to demand consecration... Continue reading
CORPORATE ROCKERS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Music snobbery in a puzzle? Why not. It's a formula I've tried plenty of times before, and as to whether or not this theme does it for you, that... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Beer for breakfast? Nonsense, this pic was from last night. My celebratory drink after the end of the successful Marching Bands Kickstarter. Thanks again to all who were able... Continue reading
A-HOLES: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] If you recall, a few weeks back I'd asked the BEQ.com faithful to see if they could fill the role of "Crossword Muse," by sending me suggestions for titles for... Continue reading