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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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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
BBs: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] In last week's meta, I asked the solver to look inward. Indeed, for the three theme answers contained extra words: EAT was added to SAC FLIES, PRAY added... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] Had a beer summit with my man from Minnesota, Andrew Ries. From what I can tell the state of independent puzzling is going well in the Mid-West.... Continue reading
INNER SPIRITUALITY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] Meta time on BEQ. You know the drill: solve the puzzle, extract some sort of information from it then do something with that information. The answer for... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] If there was any doubt that Tabitha is my daughter, behold the above stealth picture I nabbed last week. Cryptic crossword in hand, being pushed around town... Continue reading
BIKE SHARE: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] Don'tcha just love it when you literally stumble upon a theme for a crossword? What's that? You've never made a crossword before? Oh, okay then. Well, it's... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] That right there are my unused Google tickets from this past Saturday's Lollapuzzoola. Lolla, if you've never been or in case you forgot, is the only major... Continue reading
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BABY TALK: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] No, this is not a puzzle pulled from every day life with Tabitha. First off, she's not a baby. Second, she's got a pretty darned big vocabulary.... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] PROGRAM: [Java] Man oh man. When I saw the calendar had flipped to August, I nearly spat my coffee out. Then I realized that that caffeine would do me... Continue reading
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