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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] I sort of cut back on the daily number of puzzles I normally do this past weekend. It was a measly three all weekend. Sounds baffling, but I just... Continue reading
SMOKE 'EM IF YOU GOT 'EM: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Well, this puzzle exists because that one answer made me laugh. You know which one. It made me laugh so much I had to build... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] You'd be hard-pressed to find a prouder papa than your's truly yesterday when his star daughter handed him this tour de force puzzle. A Tabitha-written variety cryptic? With an... Continue reading
DOUBLE TROUBLE: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Well, I can say for sure that I completely broke today's AL file. I have a theme that simply cannot be shown as correct by the program. Fascinating that... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Dual symmetry for this one, giving it shades of a house of mirrors feel. Think final scene of "Enter The Dragon," only with a soundtrack of Fripp/Eno's "No Pussyfooting."... Continue reading
POT HOLDERS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] One for the, uh, write-what-you-know column. Yeah, that's it. Write what you know! It's true, I certainly got the idea while I was taking my latest sourdough out of... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] So the 1000th BEQ puzzle on this site is coming up quick. And last week I asked you the solvers to help me out with some preposterous ideas for... Continue reading
PARTY LINE: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Probably more of a Mardish puzzle than a straight up Hard one. Well, the puzzle's probably Easy/Medium and the Hard part comes later. You'll see what I mean. You'll... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] As I sit down to write this post, I just noticed that I'm only 11 puzzles away from 1000. This is rarefied air for me, as I've usually been... Continue reading
THE FALL: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] First day of the fall this weekend? Ergo, a puzzle named after The Fall. I just had to do it. And in case you haven't been paying attention, in... Continue reading
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THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Who was it, Twain?, Who said "write what you know?" Whoever it was, well, it's just true. For those who know me best, know my band just had a... Continue reading
NO GREAT SHAKES: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Split quote? Why not. This one's by this guy. No, not me. This guy up there, John Oliver. Enjoy. Share the puzzle. New one on Monday. Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] 66 worder today. Hope you enjoy it. And if you haven't done it already, I had yesterday's New York Times puzzle. Get yr. mitts on it here: [Across Lite]... Continue reading
THE BRADY BUNCH: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] I'm pretty sure that if you're a fan of the ole' BEQ puzzles, and know more than a few things about ole' BEQ himself, today's title will not... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Little bit of Steely Dan studio geekery for you to commemorate the late Walter Becker. Especially bonkers is the Michael McDonald bit (around 6:18). Anyway, yeah. Good stuff. As... Continue reading
TRUCKIN': [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Double dose of BEQ today? Why not. When yr. done with today's offering, why don'tcha print out the WSJ puzzle by yrs. truly. Indeed. Indeed. Share the puzzles. New one... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] An occasional complaint laid at the feet of themeless puzzles is that they tend to be sectioned off and as such they're basically four different puzzles. It's a valid... Continue reading
RETAIL THERAPY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Way back when, in the stone ages, also known as "that period of my life when puzzles wasn't the full-time job just yet," I had an interesting perk at... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Lollapuzzoola 10 is in the books, and Andy Kravis is your winner. Looks like Andy will be making a puzzle in next year's tournament if the pattern of "win... Continue reading
TRADE SCHOOLS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] So this was my puzzle for Boswords earlier this month. It's a doozy, so you might need that extra bit of time solving it. Anyway, if you enjoy it,... Continue reading
STRANDED: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Lollapuzzoola is this weekend, and although it's sold out, apparently, there is a waiting list and people are getting off said waiting list. So perhaps if you're on that fence... Continue reading
TIED UP: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Any excuse to link to Sleaford Mods needs to be considered. Always. All right. Let's do this. Share the puzzle. New one on Monday. Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] The first Boswords is in the books, and the answer to the trivia question of who won said tournament is Jeff Davidson of Mountain View. Yeah, .... wait. What?... Continue reading
PUSHER: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Okay, last day I'm gonna mention this because, well, it's the last day I'm posting before the big event. Boswords. This Sunday. Loads at stake. Well, loads in the puzzlin'... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] This time next week, we will have a winner of BosWords. Could that winner be you? Who knows? There's only one way to find out, sign up today and... Continue reading