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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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COMING BACK IN: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Subscribers to the AV Club puzzles already know that yesterday was my turn in the rotation. Fun fact: The theme for that puzzle was one of the many... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Every now and again I set out to make a themeless grid that's basically four massive chunks of white. I start with a killer seed entry and then start... Continue reading
Armagh, that's still an older version with problems. Please look at the corrected files. Thanks
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WHAT GOES AROUND: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Word game lovers (and if you're regulars to this site, I'm assuming you are) might enjoy the game Synonymy. It's a simple enough app/game in a rather elegant... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] 700th puzzle? 700th puzzle. Here's to 700(000,000) more. To commemorate the 700th puzzle, let's run a picture of a Roland System 700, shall we? If anybody's thinking about getting... Continue reading
IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE?: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] I suppose it's possible that there are categories that are simply verboten when it comes to making puzzles. And yes, I could list those,... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] For my money, no serious puzzler's home should be without a copy of Mike Selinker's magnum opus "The Maze of Games." Part novel, part choose your own adventure, tons... Continue reading
GIVE 'EM THE BIRD: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] This Thanksgiving, I'm finally making good on an idea that I've been talking about/threatening to do for years now. Liz and I will be doing a fun... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Had a couple seed entries I wanted to use for this puzzle, and since they were pretty long, it became apparent that I had to cross them in order... Continue reading
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BROKEN RECORDS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] A couple weeks ago, I hid an Easter Egg in one of my puzzles. Do you see it? So, a while back I got an email from a Jess... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] While we were eating breakfast this morning, Tabitha asked me to help her with this gigantic sticker/puzzle book. You can probably guess the puzzle types. Place this sticker of... Continue reading
BEHIND THE MUSIC: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] The theme for this one came about after having a spirited conversation with Amy Reynaldo about recent Puzzlesocial puzzles. Their crosswords might be a little straightforward for the... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] This grid has become more or less a go-to grid pattern for me for a couple of reasons. There are times that I have a must-use 12-letter seed entry... Continue reading
TURN DOWN FOR WHAT?: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Share the puzzle. New one on Monday. Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] November already? Man alive. Where'd that time go? Though it doesn't really feel like November here in Boston. More like January. Anyway, is November the month we're all supposed... Continue reading
WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENTS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Just sayin', I'm not a big Billy Idol fan. Share the puzzle. New one on Monday. Continue reading
MARCHING BANDS: [ CROSSWORD SOLVER][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Crossword Solver] [Adobe Reader] Two weekends ago at the Crosswords LA tournament, my man Eric Maddy won it again. Put it like this ... Dan Feyer : ACPT :: Eric Maddy : Crosswords... Continue reading
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