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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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SINGERS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Tabby has really taken to music, unsurprisingly, as her dad has been educating/torturing her with all sorts of, well, whatever I feel like listening to that day. No matter, she'll... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] In today's 68 worder, there's kind of deceptively lower word count as the whole "four quadrants with a slash down the middle" usually puts us in the 72 range.... Continue reading
THE OTHER WAY AROUND: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] There are times when my brain isn't connected to my mouth. Or if it is, thoughts get lost in translation when making their way to my lips... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] 7-Down first then the 4x8 corners second. Take note that 8- and 38-Down didn't necessarily have to be 8 letter entries, but rather two 4 letter answers. But I... Continue reading
I NEED A DRINK: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Sort of a throwback puzzle today in the sense that this grid pattern was much more of a stand-by when I first started making puzzles nearly 20... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Sort of odd how much music I fit in this puzzle, but then again, what's the old adage? Write what you know? Okay then, I write what I know... Continue reading
ALTERNATE ENDINGS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Hit me up if you think a "box set" of unfinished puzzles/alternate grids/demos/unreleased crosswords/etc. by yours truly would make your life complete. I'm sure I have hard drives full... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Oh the trials and tribulations of a crossword puzzle constructor. This grid started off unsurprisingly enough with the upper left corner, middle long answer first and then the other... Continue reading
GOING UP: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Life imitates art? You tell me. It just so happens that the day I run a puzzle called "Going Up," is on the morning after the first night in... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] This gem of a photo came to BEQ.com headquarters late last week courtesy of my brother-in-law's father-in-law, Stu White of Portlandia. Stu writes: "This spot seemed to demand consecration... Continue reading
CORPORATE ROCKERS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Music snobbery in a puzzle? Why not. It's a formula I've tried plenty of times before, and as to whether or not this theme does it for you, that... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Beer for breakfast? Nonsense, this pic was from last night. My celebratory drink after the end of the successful Marching Bands Kickstarter. Thanks again to all who were able... Continue reading
A-HOLES: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] If you recall, a few weeks back I'd asked the BEQ.com faithful to see if they could fill the role of "Crossword Muse," by sending me suggestions for titles for... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Seeds were neatly placed symmetrically in this here puppy. The long one across and then the long down the middle. Then, if you can't guess which entries were in... Continue reading
HE IS RISEN: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Easter inspired theme? Why not? Enjoy. Thanks again to all who have backed the Marching Bands Kickstarter. I've added a stretch goal now that the project is funded,... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Headline writers looking for an a propos title for your 2015 American Crossword Puzzle Tournament article: may I suggest "The Joy of Six"? Dan Feyer's your champ (again). That's... Continue reading
SI SI: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Continue reading
SEND IN THE CLONES: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] American Crossword Puzzle Tournament this week? American Crossword Puzzle Tournament this week. Man, it seems like only yesterday when Will Shortz called me up and asked me... Continue reading
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STICKFIGURE HEADS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Last week I mentioned how there are times when the Crossword Muse spoke to me, screaming, "hey, dummy! Here's a phrase that you can do something with to make... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Today's seed entry came courtesy of BEQ.com reader Mike Alpern. Which entry it is shall be left as an exercise to the solver; you've only got 72 choices. Thanks... Continue reading
HEAR YE, HEAR YE: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Title came first, screaming (crying out?) the gimmick. "Hey Brendan! Make me, make me!" it shouted. And when the unseen Muse of Crosswords speaks, I best listen,... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] All last week, the folks at Diary of a Crossword Fiend gave out their annual Orcas awards to celebrate the best in crossword puzzling. Best Easy Puzzle, Best Clue,... Continue reading
CANDY CRUSH: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] It's entirely possible that I'm the only person on the planet who hasn't played Candy Crush. I'm not sure if that's a source of embarrassment, or a badge of... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Liz was in San Diego this weekend for a conference, which meant that I was in San Diego too (with the Tabinator). Southern California instead of the Hoth-like tundra... Continue reading
HERE'S THE KICKER: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Possibly an Easium puzzle today, who knows. Your mileage may vary depending on what you know. Still, thanks to Joon Pahk for the title and inspiration for the... Continue reading