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 10:22 (3.00 avg; 30 ratings)
Reagle 6:10 (3.33 avg; 6 ratings)
LAT 7:18 (2.80 avg; 5 ratings)
Hex/Hook untimed (pannonica) (4.00 avg; 1 rating)
WaPo 25:14 (Sam) (3.89 avg; 9 ratings)
CS 7:11 (Dave) (3.14 avg; 7 ratings)
Last call for the Fireball Newsweekly Crosswords venture on Kickstarter.com—Sunday afternoon is the deadline. Easier puzzles from Peter Gordon—and with super-topical fill. Click here for more details or to sign up.
Happy Father’s Day to all the papas out there!
Today is “thank the whole Crossword Fiend crew” day! The smart and entertaining folks who are currently reviewing puzzles here regularly are pannonica, Gareth Bain, Matt Gaffney, Joon Pahk, Sam Donaldson, Dave Sullivan, Andy Kravis, and Janie Smulyan. Dave also holds down the fort as our capable webmaster. Past and future contributors include Jeffrey Krasnick, Doug Peterson, Neville Fogarty, Angela Halsted, T Campbell, Jared Hersh, Seth Grossinger, Wade Williams, and Sara Kaplan. (Who am I forgetting here?) I couldn’t maintain my sanity without everyone’s help. Let’s have a rousing round of applause for the entire corps de Fiend!
As of 11 am Central time on Saturday, there are 29 hours to go on Peter Gordon’s Kickstarter venture for Fireball Newsweekly Crosswords. A mere $5 will get you all 20 weekly puzzles for July to December! Peter’s close to the goal but still needs another $990 pledged to make the project a go. Think of all the disappointed backers who will get no puzzles if the $10,000 fund-raising goal isn’t met.
The Chronicle of Higher Education is off this week. Those academics, always slacking off in the summer.
Oh, and Happy Flag Day, everyone.
NYT 5:30 (3.27 avg; 26 ratings)
Fireball 4:33 (4.40 avg; 10 ratings)
AV Club untimed (4.44 avg; 18 ratings)
LAT 4:22 (Gareth) (2.82 avg; 11 ratings)
BEQ (contest puzzle, no review today) (4.00 avg; 3 ratings)
CS 6:05 (Dave) (3.20 avg; 5 ratings)
Hey! “Happy bloggiversary to me. Happy bloggiversary to me. Happy bloggiveeeeeersary, dear meee. Happy bloggiversary tooooo meeee.” June 13 marks the 8th anniversary of Diary of a Crossword Fiend. It’s been a helluva ride. Glad you are all here!