Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AV Club tk (Amy)    (no ratings)
NYT 3:19 (Amy)    (3.08 avg; 6 ratings)
LAT tk (Gareth, paper)    (3.00 avg; 1 rating)
CS tk (Ade)    (2.50 avg; 2 ratings)
Blindauer tk (Matt)    (no ratings)

Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 30 and go register for the Indie 500 crossword tournament, to be held in Washington, D.C. You could make a puzzly weekend of it and stick around for the Washington Post Puzzle Hunt on May 31.

Also, if you haven’t been subscribing to the American Values Club crossword, you can get caught up by buying all 52 of 2014′s puzzles for $10 here.
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The 2014 Orca Awards – Best Freestyle Crossword

orcaWelcome back to Orcas Week, the event that makes Shark Week look like Shark Weak. Our annual awards ceremony celebrating outstanding achievement in crossword construction continues now with Best Freestyle Crossword, the award for the most outstanding themeless puzzle from 2014.

As a reminder (and in case you’re not apt to scroll further down the front page), this year’s Orcas are doled out over a one-week period according to this schedule:

  • Sunday, March 1: Best Easy Crossword (won by Lynn Lempel)
  • Monday, March 2: Best Sunday-Sized Crossword (won by Peter Broda)
  • Tuesday, March 3: Best Freestyle Crossword
  • Wednesday, March 4: Best Meta/Contest Crossword
  • Thursday, March 5: Best Gimmick Crossword
  • Friday, March 6: Bob Klahn Award for Best Clue and Margaret Farrar Constructor of the Year Award
  • Saturday, March 7: Best Crossword

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MGWCC #352

crossword 3:51
meta 5 minutes    (4.79 avg; 19 ratings)
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Jonesin' 4:20 (Amy)    (4.50 avg; 1 rating)
NYT 3:25 (Amy)    (3.63 avg; 23 ratings)
LAT 4:32 (pannonica)    (3.81 avg; 16 ratings)
CS 11:39 (Ade)    (3.89 avg; 9 ratings)
Xword Nation untimed (Janie)    (4.88 avg; 4 ratings)
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The 2014 Orca Awards – Best Sunday-Sized Crossword

orcaThe Orcas continue today with the award for Best Sunday-Sized Crossword, the top honor for crosswords 21×21 and larger. (We thought about calling it the Best 21x Crossword, but we figure lay people would think it honors an extremely obscene puzzle.)

If you’re just joining us, we’re spreading the Orcas out over a one-week period according to this schedule:

  • Sunday, March 1: Best Easy Crossword (won by Lynn Lempel)
  • Monday, March 2: Best Sunday-Sized Crossword
  • Tuesday, March 3: Best Freestyle Crossword
  • Wednesday, March 4: Best Meta/Contest Crossword
  • Thursday, March 5: Best Gimmick Crossword
  • Friday, March 6: Bob Klahn Award for Best Clue and Margaret Farrar Constructor of the Year Award
  • Saturday, March 7: Best Crossword

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Monday, March 2, 2015

BEQ 4:58 (Amy)    (3.71 avg; 12 ratings)
Fireball 4:47 puzzle, a couple minutes on the meta (Amy)    (4.44 avg; 8 ratings)
LAT 3:03 (Amy)    (3.22 avg; 16 ratings)
NYT 2:45 (Amy)    (3.61 avg; 22 ratings)
CS 9:19 (Ade)    (3.21 avg; 7 ratings)
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The 2014 Orca Awards – Best Easy Crossword

orcaIt’s time for the 2014 Orca Awards! For the uninitiated, the Orcas honor outstanding achievement in crossword construction.

This year, unlike years past, the Orcas will be presented over the course of a week. That’s eight awards over seven days! Here’s the award schedule:

  • Sunday, March 1: Best Easy Crossword
  • Monday, March 2: Best Sunday-Sized Crossword
  • Tuesday, March 3: Best Freestyle Crossword
  • Wednesday, March 4: Best Meta/Contest Crossword
  • Thursday, March 5: Best Gimmick Crossword
  • Friday, March 6: Bob Klahn Award for Best Clue and Margaret Farrar Constructor of the Year Award
  • Saturday, March 7: Best Crossword

Keep checking back to see all of this year’s winners and nominees! Today we kick off the festivities with the award for Best Easy Crossword. Continue reading

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