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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] 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
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