Amy Reynaldo, the author of How to Conquer the New York Times Crossword Puzzle, is a top-10 finisher at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. Her first New York Times crossword byline appeared July 5, 2009. She solves at least three crosswords a day and writes about them here.
NYT 5:11 (Amy) (3.57 avg; 15 ratings)
LAT 5:02 (Gareth) (4.03 avg; 15 ratings)
CS 11:36 (Ade) (3.36 avg; 7 ratings)
CHE tk (pannonica) (3.75 avg; 10 ratings)
WSJ (Friday) tk (pannonica) (3.25 avg; 6 ratings)
People! You can buy the crosswords from the Crosswords LA tournament for a mere $5. I curated these puzzles myself and was excited to get to work with these constructors. There are tough puzzles by David Quarfoot (themeless) and Byron Walden (meta!), and more approachable puzzles by Merl Reagle, Trip Payne, Patti Varol, and Melanie Miller—plus a pair of warm-up puzzles (by Andrea Carla Michaels and Susan Gelfand) and a puzzle suite that was a team event at the tournament. Every one of the constructors named here is from California, except for Merl (who remains an honorary Californian because he used to live there and has puzzles in L.A. and San Francisco newspapers).
The profits go to Reading to Kids, and the crosswords are provided in .puz and PDF formats (the puzzle suite is PDF only).
If you’re curious to see the scores and standings for the Crosswords LA tournament, they’re here. I’m particularly fond of the histograms showing the distribution of puzzle submissions by minutes remaining on the clock. Data!