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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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LOVE ME TINDER: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Elvis title reference in today's puzzle means, of course, that yours truly posts a Cornelius live show alongside the puzzle. Lest you think I've completely lost my marbles... Continue reading
A LOSS FOR WORDS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] It's pretty unimaginable to think of a crossword world without the epic Merl Reagle, but, damn it, we have to now. Merl left us way way, way... Continue reading
IF I SAY SO MYSELF: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] If I say so myself, I rather like this theme. Could it have been stretched to a back-breaking Sunday-sized puzzle? Probably. Should I have? Probably not.... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] 72 worder today. That's the upper limit for themeless word count, and as such it is easier to cram full of good stuff. Pretty sure almost every section has... Continue reading
ATOP: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Survey time. If you'd be interested in getting a bi-weekly diagramless puzzle by yours truly, let me know. Don't exepct anyting just yet, this is just an exploratory campaign. But,... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Lollapuzzoola 8 was this weekend and what do you know, my man Francis Heaney finally won a crossword tournament. He'd come close before, and probably a couple other times... Continue reading
FOCUS GROUP?: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] It's rare that I recommend the PDF version of my puzzle, but that's the case for today. It's totally solvable in the other versions, it's just that the PDF... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Man alive, it's August already? Go figure. That can only mean one thing: Lollapuzzoola is this Saturday. Those who know the drill already, know that this is a capital... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Man alive, it's August already? Go figure. That can only mean one thing: Lollapuzzoola is this Saturday. Those who know the drill already, know that this is a capital... Continue reading
KING'S CROSS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] I've got today's New York Times puzzle today, too. Get it here: [Across Lite] [PDF]. So that's two crosswords for you. Don't say I don't hook you up. A... Continue reading
THROWBACK THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Due to circumstances beyond my control, I have to run an older puzzle on the blog today. Hey, it happens. And besides, if we're going to have a... Continue reading
BEGINNER PUZZLE: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] David Bowie alongside a BEQ puzzle? Too predictable. Okay, mid-'80s Bowie probably not as predictable. Personally? If I'm going to pull out The Thin White Duke it's "Station To... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] It's rare that we get a 66-word grid that has as much freshness as today's. Typically once we cross that 68 word count barrier, there are, shall we say,... Continue reading
TED TOO: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Anybody out there who loves cryptics should be sure to add this puzzle to your solving queue. From the master Patrick Berry, of course. And you know, You Know,... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] What can you say about a 72 word themeless? Hey, that kinda sounds like a good opening line, maybe for my inevitable autobiography? Or maybe it's a title for... Continue reading
ONE STEP FORWARD: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] When I was trying to think of what picture to run alongside a puzzle called "One Step Forward," there was one thing that simply Would. Not. Leave. My.... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Employed the unofficial "Mike Shenk Axiom" of themeless puzzle construction this go-around by starting with the second answer from the top in this crossword. Partly because it's made up... Continue reading
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