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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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SQUIRM OF AN IDEA: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] I have been informed that Boswords is going to happen in the Year Of Corona. Unfortunately, it won't be on the ground. Unfortunately, it won't be in... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Back with another Themeless Monday. Enjoy! Looking for more puzzles? The Hub Crossword (Sunday puzzles by me and Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon) and Marching Bands year six have... Continue reading
SCALING UP: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Thanks to all who were able to chip in to the summer pass-the-hat drive. That's all she wrote folks, so if you were kind enough to contribute, and I... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Thanks to all who've been able to chip in to the Totally Optional summer BEQ pass the hat drive. If you haven't got your bonus puzzles, drop me a... Continue reading
DOG CATCHERS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] I WANNA BE YOUR DOG is a 15, I know. Don't at me. I haven't gotten around to using it yet in a puzzle. Believe me. It's already on... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] 72 worder today. Puzzle number 1272. Mini theme? Hardly. Either way, hope you enjoy it. Gentle reminder, if you haven't already, and can afford it, please consider chipping in... Continue reading
HOOKED ON PHONICS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Back with our regularly scheduled themed puzzle on Thursday. I hesitate to say that this is one of my favorites from recently, as it always seems that when... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Third themeless in a row on this site. It's a godsend for those who enjoy those challenges. This one's particularly wide-open, a paltry 62 words. How low can I... Continue reading
THEMELESS THURSDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Like we always do around this time, it's time for the midyear pass the hat appeal for fans of the BEQ. Big, big, big reminder: this site remains free.... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Yeah, this is a themeless puzzle. But there is a mini-kinda sorta Celtics theme included, if you squint your eyes just enough to see it. Shout out to Eric... Continue reading
ICU: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Shout out to Will Nediger for listening to me sort of will this theme into existence. Will's a sounding board for a lot of what I do, mostly dumb fill... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Another Monday, another Themeless Monday. The hits keep coming. Looking for more puzzles? The Hub Crossword (Sunday puzzles by me and Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon) and Marching Bands... Continue reading
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LIKE A BOSS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Tip o' the cap, lift o' the beer can, whatever, to Jon Delfin for the inspiration for today's theme. IF there's ever such a thing as a Crossword... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Happy Memorial Day everyone. Looking for more puzzles? The Hub Crossword (Sunday puzzles by me and Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon) and Marching Bands year six have begun. So... Continue reading
N AS IN NAME: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] One thing the daily Times crossword doesn't do that I kinda think they should do is title their puzzles. A good title sets the tone. Maybe it... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Another Themeless Monday coming at ya. The hits never stop here at BEQ.com. Enjoy. Looking for more puzzles? The Hub Crossword (Sunday puzzles by me and Emily Cox and... Continue reading
UNIT TEST: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] This puzzle was originally commissioned as an ice breaker for the Nokia Bell Labs North Jersey Regional Science Fair this past spring. That got cancelled, like just about everything... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Another Monday. Another Themeless Monday. Enjoy. Looking for more puzzles? The Hub Crossword (Sunday puzzles by me and Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon) and Marching Bands year six have... Continue reading
THE SUPREMES: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Here was a pleasant surprise. Newish constructor Sid Sivakumar over on his site Sid's Grids (great name, by the way), made a crossword shouting out all the other indie... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] In case you were blissfully unaware, I had yesterday's Times puzzle. It's a collab with WSJ columnist, super linguist, and all-around nice dude Ben Zimmer. Here's a pic of... Continue reading
TAKING THE FIFTH: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] For the (counts on hand, double checks his math) four or five you who enjoy doing cryptics, do not miss this stunner from Fraser Simpson. This thing is... Continue reading
THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] I always make lower word count puzzles with the intention of having to write fewer clues, conveniently forgetting how damn long it takes to make such wide open grids.... Continue reading
ODDFELLOWS: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] This was one of those themes that I could have probably done forever, but for the purposes of today's offering, I think a 15x gets the point across in a... Continue reading
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THEMELESS MONDAY: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] Another Monday, another Themeless. Wanted to try a slight variation on a grid I kind of use as a "default pattern." Here's an example of what I'm talking about.... Continue reading
THE WALLS ARE CAVING IN: [ ACROSS LITE][ PDF] PROGRAMS: [Across Lite] [Adobe Reader] How's this house arrest social distancing working out for you? Good, good. I'll give you a hint, today's theme was brought to you by my mental... Continue reading