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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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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
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] 14-letter entries are the red-headed stepchildren of crosswords, at least in dailies. Being one letter shy of a grid-spanning entry forces the constructor to plop down a black square... Continue reading
FIRING LINES: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] One of the many great rhetorical questions in a puzzle maker's life (just after "where did I put all these piles of hundred dollar bills because I need something... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] 66 worder today. To my eyes, themeless puzzles grids with three words across the top, no matter how wide-open the rest of the grid is (like today's), always look... Continue reading
LET'S GET TOGETHER: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Head's up. If you're like me, you probably (almost) forgot that Valentine's Day is this Saturday. I've been noticing that it's kind of hard to think about anything... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Remind me why I'm in New England again? Oh yeah, because I have amnesia about how ridiculous our winters are. This is the third Monday in a row where... Continue reading
APPLYING PRESSURE: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] I am too predictable. David Bowie YouTube clip (okay, technically Queen with Bowie) posted with today's puzzle alongside a gratuitous Bowie ref in the 6-Down clue. Or maybe it's... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] In case you missed it, yesterday's Google Doodle celebrating Langston Hughes (embedded above) featured some musical accompaniment by yours truly's band, The Boston Typewriter Orchestra. That's me on an... Continue reading
WEIGHTLIFTERS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Another sort of "Easium" puzzle this week, probably leaning even more towards straight up Easy. If you're looking for a challenge, maybe you can make sense of what's going on... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Slight spoiler alert: One of my test-solvers called "B.S." on the fact that this one is in fact a themeless. Well, I can tell you for sure that it... Continue reading
MANSPREADING: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Does it feel a bit ridiculous to enshrine such a preposterous notion as "manspreading" in a puzzle? Probably a a little bit, but hey, it's a dirty job and somebody's... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Here's to 300[000] more themeless puzzles. I love this grid. Not only because it's an opportunity ot use a few 12 letter answers (uncommon in daily-sized puzzles because of... Continue reading
BLANK OUT: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Title first, theme developed around said title, grid built around said developed theme, clues written for said developed grid. That's the formula for making puzzles. It's kind of like... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Started off with the rather surprising answer 23-Down in today's puzzle. Surprising not because of the word per se. Surprising because I usually put the marquee answer at 1-Across.... Continue reading
NO FUNNY STUFF: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] -1. That's the temperature outside of BEQ.com headquarters. -1. Insane. And that's what it is before taking the wind chill factor into account. I'd hate to be the... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Well, here's something you don't see too often (in a puzzle made by me, that is): a dual-symmetry grid. Unlike normal crosswords where you have to turn the whole... Continue reading
2014 IN REVIEW: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Happy New Year everybody. Let's make it a good one. But first, a look back at some of my favorite puzzles from 2014. Top of the list, no... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Once again, we've been spending Christmas here with the inlaws. I love England, it's a trip. Where else can you go to hear David Bowie and Elastic get played... Continue reading
ALL THE TRIMMINGS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Merry Christmas, everybody. In case you were wondering, I got a piece of coal in my stocking. One single piece. Guess I was naughty this year. It's not... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Tabby decided that she would begin tackling the Times of London's Listener crossword last week. I must have misplaced my copy, but no matter. She saw fit to go... Continue reading
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