Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fireball 6:16 (Amy)    (no ratings)
NYT tk (Amy)    (no ratings)
LAT tk (Gareth)    (no ratings)
CS tk (Ade)    (no ratings)
BEQ tk (Matt)    (no ratings)

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!
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

AV Club 5:19 (Amy)     (2.83 avg; 6 ratings)
NYT 3:51 (Amy)    (2.76 avg; 23 ratings)
LAT 3:20 (Gareth)    (3.54 avg; 12 ratings)
CS 12:11 (Ade)    (3.57 avg; 7 ratings)
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MGWCC #333

crossword 4:10
meta a few minutes    (3.61 avg; 9 ratings)
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NYT 3:44 (Amy)    (3.17 avg; 15 ratings)
Jonesin' 3:06 (Amy)    (3.50 avg; 1 rating)
LAT 2:47 (Amy)    (3.50 avg; 9 ratings)
CS 24:41 (Ade)    (3.90 avg; 5 ratings)
Xword Nation untimed (Janie)    (4.50 avg; 1 rating)
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Monday, October 20, 2014

NYT 3:21 (pannonica)    (3.50 avg; 15 ratings)
LAT 3:15 (pannonica)    (4.00 avg; 14 ratings)
CS 9:56 (Ade)    (3.50 avg; 9 ratings)
BEQ 7:35, 1 Google (Amy)    (4.15 avg; 13 ratings)

The New York Times note:

All the puzzles this week, from Monday to Saturday, have been created by one person, Patrick Blindauer. Keep your solutions handy, because the Saturday puzzle conceals a meta-challenge involving the solution grids of all six. When you have the answer to the meta-challenge, send it to crossword@nytimes.com. Twenty correct solvers, chosen at random, whose entries are received by 6:00 p.m. E.T. Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, will win one-year online subscriptions to the New York Times crossword. Only one entry per person, please. The answer and winners’ names will appear on Friday, Oct. 31, at www.nytimes.com/wordplay.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

NYT 9:57 (Amy)    (2.95 avg; 22 ratings)
Reagle 8:19 (Amy)    (3.93 avg; 7 ratings)
LAT 7:41 (Amy)    (3.00 avg; 7 ratings)
Hex/Hook 9:02 (pannonica)    (no ratings)
WaPo 14:45 (1 error) (Sam)    (3.42 avg; 13 ratings)
CS 27:11 (Ade)    (3.64 avg; 11 ratings)

News from the West Coast! At Crosswords LA, Eric Maddy emerged victorious from a tough finals puzzle by David Quarfoot. Jordan Chodorow placed second and John Beck third. Congrats, gentlemen, and congrats to tournament organizer Elissa Grossman!
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

NYT 7:16* (Amy)    (3.72 avg; 25 ratings)
Newsday 6:27 (Amy)    (4.00 avg; 7 ratings)
LAT 3:03 (Andy)    (3.81 avg; 13 ratings)
CS 12:52 (Ade)    (3.25 avg; 6 ratings)

Tournament news! The Crosswords LA tournament runs this Saturday morning and afternoon. Wish I could be there! I had a blast working with the constructors on a fabulous set of crosswords.

And the Indie 500 tournament has set a date and place: Saturday, May 30, at George Washington University in D.C. The event’s being put together by five indie constructors: Erik Agard, Evan Birnholz, Peter Broda, Neville Fogarty, and Andy Kravis. The constructors will be those five plus another chosen via a competition, which is a nifty way to do it.
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