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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] 64-worder today. Factoid to be file under Only Of Interest To Me, this one's got a whopping six three-letter words. Yeah? So what? I know, I know, I said... Continue reading
GOING TO EXTREMES: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] People know I can't stand Billy Joel, but okay, fine. The song is fine, I guess, and well, it ties into today's title. So, okay, laugh it up... Continue reading
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THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Another tip of the cap to Ben Zimmer for the seed entry in today's puzzle, and you can read all about it in this article. I told him he... Continue reading
COURT-PACKING PLAN: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Title first, well, check that. Half of the title first, then the other half, then the theme. So, yeah, title first, I guess. Regardless, one particular answer that was... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Today's seed answer is well, a two-letter word for a change. One look of the grid will tell you that. And no, it's not a Rudyard Kipling tribute puzzle.... Continue reading
BAND-AIDS NEEDED: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] If it's BEQ, then there's a chance there's a music theme in the puzzle. Like yesterday's AVXC, for example. And of course, today's. So yeah, it's a fertile well... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Couple people asked me what I was doing for the Super Bowl last night, and I told them point blank: I was gonna write clues for today's puzzle. Yeah,... Continue reading
POLITICAL SONGS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] One answer for this one that was left on the cutting room floor, sadly, involved the following elements: subject in this with a clue about this. Next time, I... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] So here's Tabitha's latest mini puzzle. She's likely inspired by Francis Heaney's "Mini Acrostics," which Tabitha has seen me plow through lately. (If you like the idea of acrostics,... Continue reading
ON-SITE TRANSFERS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Always tough when you have to come up with a title for a puzzle, when you've got the note-perfect title as an answer/reveal in the grid. But, these things... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Share the puzzle. New one on Thursday. Continue reading
REPEAT THE ENDING: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Any time you have the opportunity to link to a Chavez song you just have to do it. Right? Right. Share the puzzle. New one on Monday. Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Is it really a themeless puzzle if it has a mini theme? Is really a themeless puzzle if it has two mini-themes? You tell me. One of them was... Continue reading
CHILLIN' CHILLIN': [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Slight spoiler here, so if you want to have a clean solve, you can read this bit later. Or never. It's up to you. Anyway, I was working on... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] 68 worder today. Decided to build it around two 14s which don't quite fit the length of a grid, and so, are answers that don't make too many appearances... Continue reading
CAN I GET BACK TO YOU?: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Inside baseball here: I made this one back during the Great Flurry of Puzzle Writing (December 2016 edition). And a first draft of this puzzle... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] 2017? 2017. Let's do this. You might be asking what are my resolutions are. Let's see: make homemade pasta, and uh ... tame the dad bod. Wish me good... Continue reading
DRAIN THE SWAMP: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] I had yesterday's New York Times puzzle. Get it here: [ACROSS LITE] [PDF] How about a look back at some of my noteworthy themed puzzles from the year?... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Happy Boxing Day. Now, for those of you who have never heard my mellifluous voice before, clearly hasn't heard any of my bands. But fear not. I did an... Continue reading
SILENT KNIGHT: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] I know I say this for every holiday, but Christmas crept up on me this year. I don't know how that happens. It's not like Christmas ads don't start... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Extra wide open grid today. For some reason people who never do crosswords assume that lower word counts mean the puzzle maker's job is easier. Au contraire. Making the... Continue reading
CRYPTIC THURSDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] There was a time when I thought I'd try and write more block cryptic puzzles for the site. And like all well-intentioned good habits like, say, working out more... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] 72 worder today. Lesser construction constraints makes for more fun stuff in the grid. Less crap holding it together. In short: another winner for you. Enjoy. I've been humbled... Continue reading
SWAPPING SIDES: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Woke up crazy hungry this morning. Don't know if that's a sign that I'm not eating enough, or getting a cold, or what, but let's just say I'll take... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Big thanks to BEQ.com fan Glen Ryan for the seed answer in this puzzle. Give the people what they want, I always say, and if I'm given a boss... Continue reading