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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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ACCENT WALLS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Another puzzle theme ripped from real life. For you see, I was given the (unenviable) task of repainting Tabitha's room the other day and it was during that job... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] It's a snow day in Boston. Somebody must have read the forecast that speculated we were going to get 6-10 inches overnight and couldn't be bothered to, you know,... Continue reading
QUEUE AND CRY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Random theme today, I guess. Sort of a proof of concept that if I'm given any sort of gimmick (not inspired by anything in the language to begin... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] An old standby grid for the BEQ. An old faithful. Once I've got the seed answers anchored the rest of the grid practically fills itself in. Gotta love it... Continue reading
GOING TOO FAR: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF][ JPZ] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] [Crossword Solver] Many of the words in this crossword puzzle are one letter too long, and won’t fit in the space provided. You’ll have to extend these... Continue reading
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THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Took today's grid from last Saturday's New York Times puzzle by my man Kameron Austin Collins. If you aren't already, you should be signed up for his twice-monthly themeless... Continue reading
UPS AND DOWNS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Winter is icummen in. I guess it's already here, but all I hear about is how the Northeast will be blanketed with snow. Me? I live in complete... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Lovely seed answers, in my opinion, coupled with great trivia peppered throughout the grid all adds up to a puzzle that I think you'll enjoy. Now, forgive the brevity... Continue reading
OFFSHORE BANKING: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] From the files of "write what you know." Okay, that's not true, I don't have any offshore bank accounts. But still, that sounded exciting to say that. This puzzle's... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Golden Years > so legendary #anagram #DavidBowie— David Astle (@dontattempt) January 11, 2016 Oh dear, David Bowie. Well, we'll always have the music. How about an oldie but goodie... Continue reading
MAIS OUI: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] When you're like me and you chose to take French classes as your required foreign language in high school and college; and you're like me and your mouth butchered... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Gotta love TWitter. Saw the above headline last week and couldn't help but feel like I've had that dream before. Good times. Thanks to everybody who was able to... Continue reading
TAKE A CHANCE ON ME: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] And here we are with the electrifying conclusion to '15: a guest puzzle by AVXW editor Ben Tausig. Everybody here is already an AVXW subsriber, right?... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Everybody's doing a year in review, so why not me? But first, I've got a brand new puzzle for you as well. Who loves ya, baby? Right, where was... Continue reading
CHRISTMAS ISLAND: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] This Christmas, we're spending it with Liz's folks back in England. York remains a strange place. It seems that in '15, the non-ironic Christmas sweater is a thing this... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Back to the 68 worders. Started in the middle out, which actually has a lot happening. Loads of long entries intersecting, as opposed to the corners with all the... Continue reading
THE WORST NOELS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Two-fer today. Who's up for the latest BuzzFeed puzzle by yours truly? Sure you are. Double double your refreshment. Paleofuturists out there might enjoy this article about primordial... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Back in the '60s again. A 66 worder today. Started with an uncharacteristic seed answer, uncharacteristic for the Biz Quig anyway. Fine, I'll give it away: it's the Across... Continue reading
NOEL: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] This past Tuesday marked the 7th birthday of this here site. Hard to believe it's been seven years. Harder still to believe I used to make three puzzles a week... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] After a couple weeks of 60-something themeless grids, I went back to the tried-and-true 72 worder. No surprises, just a killer 1-Across and the rest of the grid falls... Continue reading
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] It's amazing to think how much software has pushed the boundaries of crossword construction. When I started out, armed with just a pad of paper, pencils, the odd dictionary,... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Looking for a few books for the puzzle person in your family? Look no more. For me, the most entertaining book of 2015 was Patrick Merrell's utterly wonderful "ZEP... Continue reading
CLEAR YOUR CALENDAR: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Those that know me best know that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I know I am truly blessed: I love my wife and my daughter, and I have... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Eight hundred puzzles. Sheesh. How'd that happen? It seems just like yesterday I launched this site, though its birthday is not for another two weeks. Where'd the time go?... Continue reading
SEANCE: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Knock knock? Who's there? Oh, it's just BEQ's latest puzzle. Hope you enjoy it. If you haven't had enough of your BEQ fix this week, I had yesterday's AV puzzle.... Continue reading