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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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MAKE IT A DOUBLE: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] Easy one to offset the decidedly harder Fireball puzzle yours truly wrote that should be in your inbox (if you're a subscriber, naturally). Of course,... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] So my girls have been slowly and methodically been doing some improvements around the house. No, not the condo. I'm talking about Tabitha's dollhouse. It's been pretty... Continue reading
BANDLEADERS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] Music and crosswords, why that's almost a trifecta of "All Things BEQ." Well, you can't have it all. Came up with the first answer whilst eating some Indian... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] Lollapuzzoola is back for one more go of it next month, Saturday August 9th in the All Souls Church basement (1157 Lexington Ave, Manhattan). Now that the... Continue reading
CHECK YOUR PRIVILEGE: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] Here's an extremely abbreviated list of things I absolutely love: my girls Liz and Tabitha, my job, a good beer now and then, Spotify a little... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] Interesting article in the Atlantic about the future of crosswords showed up last week. Does the puzzle have a future with newspapers going under? From what I... Continue reading
WRITERS BLOCKS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] Fill in the boxes so the names of two famous people read across and 20 different words read down. #puzzles pic.twitter.com/ThxqP3LKrh— Grant Fikes (@mathgrant) July 8, 2014... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] One of the many seed entries I used in today's Themeless, debatably my favorite, had to be removed, er, postponed in order to make the grid work.... Continue reading
OUTSIDE INTERESTS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] I am really pleased with today's gimmick. As far as I can tell, I don't think anybody's done this theme in this very specific way that I... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] I was kicking a ball around with Tabitha the other day and I may be biased, but through this dad's eyes, she looks like she's got some... Continue reading
FARMVILLE RESIDENTS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] Two easy puzzles in one week? What are you doing to us Biz Quig? I ... don't know! Consider it atonement for all the dastardly puzzles I've... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] Who's up for a legitimate Monday, non-themeless (gasp!) NYT puzzle by the Biz Quig? Yeah, you know you are. Pick it up here: [Across Lite] [PDF]. Enjoy.... Continue reading
BAND ON THE PUN: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] Just another reminder that the Summer drive is still going. Everyone who can chip in $10 (or more) to the tip jar to keep BEQ.com... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] Had a weird life-imitates-art moment this weekend when a friend of mine shared a story that managed to include both of the 15-letter entries in today's puzzle.... Continue reading
G AS IN GROUP: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] Slight spoiler in the post (not really, but there's enough of a hint for sure), so let me give y'all the heads up now to... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] It's summer again, and once again it's time to ask for some help from you the faithful BEQ followers. It's June, so once again it's time for... Continue reading
LOOSE CONNECTION: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] It was reported earlier this week that Games magazine finally shuttered. It has been a zombie, surviving on reprints for a long time. Lord knows, the last... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] Been slowly going through the Roger Wolff curated "Cryptic All-Stars," and it suddenly dawned on me that I'd never mentioned it. I might have mentioned it when... Continue reading
GETTING HEAD: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] Share the puzzle. New one on Monday. Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] 68 worder today. I emplyed the Shenk/Payne approach for themeless grids by starting with the entry one row down from the upper left (15-Across). Once I discovered... Continue reading
SURE AS SHOOTING: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] For a very short while, I was trying to find a way to build a puzzle titled, well ... one of the theme answers that appears... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] Nowadays, when I make stacks (that is to say three or more grid-spanning entries on top of each other in a themeless puzzle), I try to do... Continue reading
MARCHING BANDS: [ PDF] PROGRAM: [Adobe Reader] My latest book of "Marching Bands" puzzles is finally out, and to celebrate why not post a brand new Marching Bands puzzle? Sounds like a great idea. If this puzzle is your thing,... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] Love this grid pattern. Slap two great answers at 19- and 51-Across, connect them with another winner at 20-Down, the rest is (relatively) portioned off for maximum... Continue reading
EXTERMINATIONS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] True story: About five years ago, whilst I was on a bar crawl with Liz, we decided that we'd go and see whatever was playing at the art... Continue reading