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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] 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
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
WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENTS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Just sayin', I'm not a big Billy Idol fan. Share the puzzle. New one on Monday. Continue reading
MARCHING BANDS: [ CROSSWORD SOLVER][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Crossword Solver] [Adobe Reader] Two weekends ago at the Crosswords LA tournament, my man Eric Maddy won it again. Put it like this ... Dan Feyer : ACPT :: Eric Maddy : Crosswords... Continue reading
G-- D--- IT!: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] From my lips to God's ears a crossword grid, and just like that, another puzzle was born. Actually, that's not quite true, as the theme answer at 60-Across... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] At Lollapuzzoola this year, Kevin Der came up to me and said let's make a themeless puzzle. And my response, of course, was "hellz yeah." And let me tell... Continue reading
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BATTLE OF THE BANDS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] To turn a phrase from the immortal movie "WarGames," "The only way to win a battle the bands is not to play." Or, you know, actually win... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Oh, the joys (power?) of independent puzzling. Yesterday's breaking news appears in today's crossword. Boom. Take that, print media! But that's not all that I'd like to mention about... Continue reading
CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] I spent some time looking for an appropriate Cards Against Humanity picture for the site, and well, it wasn't easy. Doesn't mean I didn't laugh out loud hysterically... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] While I was posting today's puzzle, I couldn't help but notice that this is the 286th themeless puzzle as well as the 682nd puzzle overall. Then I saw that... Continue reading
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] This puzzle came to you as follows: Title first, then theme idea. Then brainstorm session with my man Francis Heaney to bring said theme idea to... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] A stealth change finally happened on BEQ.com this weekend. Moving forward, the play on-line version of the puzzles will be in HTML5. And there was much rejoicing. Just click... Continue reading
OPENING ACTS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] You know those times when the opening act was vastly superior to the headliner? This puzzle celebrates those times. Hope you enjoy it. By the way, if you aren't... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] All right folks, I showed no mercy on you with this one. Be warned. But then again, that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, yes? Yes.... Continue reading
IT'S THE PITS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] Let's open up this pit. Share the puzzle. New one on Monday. Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] While opening up Spotify last week, the program cheerfully told me that there was a new Sloan album called "Commonwealth." Now, I like powerpop as much as... Continue reading
FUNNY BUSINESS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] Well, that's better now, isn't it? After Mental Floss ran the debacle that was Bryan Dugan's "How is a Crossword Puzzle Made?," and sites like mine eviscerated... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] Mental Floss published a real howler of an article explaining how to make crosswords last week. The number of dubious claims and/or outright falsehoods should have sent... Continue reading
FEELING SHEEPISH: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] There are good answers and then there are so-bad-they're-good answers. Whether or not those so-bad-they're-good answers should be left alone or developed into a crossword is anybody's... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] David Stickley, Australian cryptic writer who occasionally appears in the New York Times, dropped me a line a few weeks ago asking what I thought of his... Continue reading