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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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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
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Seeds were neatly placed symmetrically in this here puppy. The long one across and then the long down the middle. Then, if you can't guess which entries were in... Continue reading
HE IS RISEN: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Easter inspired theme? Why not? Enjoy. Thanks again to all who have backed the Marching Bands Kickstarter. I've added a stretch goal now that the project is funded,... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Headline writers looking for an a propos title for your 2015 American Crossword Puzzle Tournament article: may I suggest "The Joy of Six"? Dan Feyer's your champ (again). That's... Continue reading
SI SI: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Continue reading
SEND IN THE CLONES: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] American Crossword Puzzle Tournament this week? American Crossword Puzzle Tournament this week. Man, it seems like only yesterday when Will Shortz called me up and asked me... Continue reading
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STICKFIGURE HEADS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Last week I mentioned how there are times when the Crossword Muse spoke to me, screaming, "hey, dummy! Here's a phrase that you can do something with to make... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Today's seed entry came courtesy of BEQ.com reader Mike Alpern. Which entry it is shall be left as an exercise to the solver; you've only got 72 choices. Thanks... Continue reading
HEAR YE, HEAR YE: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Title came first, screaming (crying out?) the gimmick. "Hey Brendan! Make me, make me!" it shouted. And when the unseen Muse of Crosswords speaks, I best listen,... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] All last week, the folks at Diary of a Crossword Fiend gave out their annual Orcas awards to celebrate the best in crossword puzzling. Best Easy Puzzle, Best Clue,... Continue reading
CANDY CRUSH: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] It's entirely possible that I'm the only person on the planet who hasn't played Candy Crush. I'm not sure if that's a source of embarrassment, or a badge of... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Liz was in San Diego this weekend for a conference, which meant that I was in San Diego too (with the Tabinator). Southern California instead of the Hoth-like tundra... Continue reading
HERE'S THE KICKER: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Possibly an Easium puzzle today, who knows. Your mileage may vary depending on what you know. Still, thanks to Joon Pahk for the title and inspiration for the... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] 14-letter entries are the red-headed stepchildren of crosswords, at least in dailies. Being one letter shy of a grid-spanning entry forces the constructor to plop down a black square... Continue reading
FIRING LINES: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] One of the many great rhetorical questions in a puzzle maker's life (just after "where did I put all these piles of hundred dollar bills because I need something... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] 66 worder today. To my eyes, themeless puzzles grids with three words across the top, no matter how wide-open the rest of the grid is (like today's), always look... Continue reading
LET'S GET TOGETHER: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Head's up. If you're like me, you probably (almost) forgot that Valentine's Day is this Saturday. I've been noticing that it's kind of hard to think about anything... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Remind me why I'm in New England again? Oh yeah, because I have amnesia about how ridiculous our winters are. This is the third Monday in a row where... Continue reading
APPLYING PRESSURE: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] I am too predictable. David Bowie YouTube clip (okay, technically Queen with Bowie) posted with today's puzzle alongside a gratuitous Bowie ref in the 6-Down clue. Or maybe it's... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] In case you missed it, yesterday's Google Doodle celebrating Langston Hughes (embedded above) featured some musical accompaniment by yours truly's band, The Boston Typewriter Orchestra. That's me on an... Continue reading
WEIGHTLIFTERS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Another sort of "Easium" puzzle this week, probably leaning even more towards straight up Easy. If you're looking for a challenge, maybe you can make sense of what's going on... Continue reading