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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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NAIR-DO-WELL: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] The latest and greatest puzzle that I've been grappling with is a real doozy. Our hot water heater just shuts itself off at inopportune times. And then hours later, it... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] After a string of 60-something grids, we're back to the 72 worder this week. I sort of appropriated the grid from this past Saturday's New York Times. I always... Continue reading
I'M WITH THE BANNED: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Title first for this one came first and then I got the set that makes up today's puzzle. Actually that's not true. The title was a theme... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Who had a crossword beer summit last Friday? That's right this guy, and Messrs. Byron Walden and Joon Pahk. Good times. Byron was in town for some math related... Continue reading
HOPPING MAD: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Picture of Kobe "hopping" and "mad" to go along with today's puzzle? Sure, why not? I guess I'll miss him as sports is always more fun with villains. But... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Another 68 worder today. For those who either already make puzzles, or have been reading my writeups lately, know that this one was built from the middle out. I... Continue reading
MARCHING BANDS: [ JPZ][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Crossword Solver] [Adobe Reader] SOLUTION: [PDF] Variety puzzle programming today. It's a Marching Bands, obviously. And hey, what a better time to announce that enrollment for year two in my biweekly MB series begins... Continue reading
PUNNY BUSINESS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] So, Howard Barkin won the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament this weekend. Yeah, that's not a typo. I didn't believe it myself when I read about it on Twitter. But... Continue reading
TALKING CROSSWORDS: [ JPZ][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Crossword Solver] [Adobe Reader] Talking crosswords? All the time. Sometimes to the horror of my wife whose eye often glaze over mid-conversation. Anyway, PROGRAMMING NOTE: You'll notice there is no Across Lite file today.... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Oh, the 14 letter word. The bastard child of the crossword world. It's just not big enough to stretch across the traditionally-sized 15x15 canvas. It will never be seen... Continue reading
COMPUTER LANGUAGE: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] A propos of nothing, it seems like all of our (read: mine and Liz's) computers/phones decided to go kerflooie at the same time. Some of the kerflooieness is nothing... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Another 66 worder today. Gotta love these grids, cuz once you get the middle answers locked in, the rest of the puzzle falls pretty quickly. Hope you enjoy it.... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Another 66 worder today. Gotta love these grids, cuz once you get the middle answers locked in, the rest of the puzzle falls pretty quickly. Hope you enjoy it.... Continue reading
YOU AND I: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Yes song to go along with today's crossword? You know it, baby. Althought this isn't a prog themed puzzle, that would be this one. What a better way... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Started with, well, an answer that didn't make the final cut. I kept building and building and fell more in love with what was forced in the grid than... Continue reading
OH. MY. GOD!: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Another puzzle from the write what you know department? I'll leave that as an exercise to the reader. Share the puzzle. New one on Monday. Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] I'd been toying with doing some theme around the idea at 18-Across for the past week. No spoilers, but if you like a clean solve, you might want to... Continue reading
HI THERE: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Gotta love the Internet. I was working on the final puzzle of "Drunk Crosswords" earlier this week, and for some strange reason, in the middle of making the grid,... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] 66 worder today. To nobody's surprise, 22-Across was the seed answer. As for the design of the grid, well, it sort of took on a life of it's own.... Continue reading
BACK TO FRONT: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Just saying, I'm totally down with Lionel Richie. One of my old bands covered "Hello" without a drop of irony. And man, nothing beats Liz's earnest rendition of... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] A return to normalcy today. This grid looks like, well, a themed puzzle, yet this only has 72 words landing it squarely in the definition of themeless puzzle. And... Continue reading
ROCK CLIMBING: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Write what you know? I guess. There was a very brief window that I went rock climbing. I liked it more for the puzzle solving aspect ("so if I... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] As if I needed another excuse to gush about my daughter, Tabitha dropped this gem on us this past Saturday morning. This was the final revision of a board... Continue reading
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
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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