Huge thanks to Janie and Evad for blogging the CrosSynergy crosswords for Diary of a Crossword Fiend! And big thanks, too, to Sam, who will bring his inimitable humor to the daily CrosSynergy offering. Those of you who might have responded to the new puzzle format for the CS puzzles by saying “aw, forget it” will have to keep doing these puzzles in order to fully appreciate Sam’s posts!
It’s a team effort to keep this special crossword community humming—and it takes a special kind of person to be enough of a crossword junkie to routinely solve so many different puzzles. Yes, I’m talking about you. You readers who come here for discussion of a multitude of puzzles? You are the smartest bunch of people on the internet. And you’re good-natured too, so the comments lounge is strikingly free of the sort of malarkey that makes some parts of the internet (hello, comments on newspaper articles!) unpleasant places to be. (I think I’ve deleted only two offensive comments in over a year at crosswordfiend.com—it’s remarkable.) I’m grateful to everyone who reads Crossword Fiend and supports this venture.
As life outside the blog gets busier, I find myself with less time to devote to the many good puzzles that come out each day. I am no longer crazy enough to solve them all and blog them all. I couldn’t keep this site going without the blogging team (or without Evad’s deft technical wizardry). Besides Janie, Sam, and Evad, we also benefit from Joon‘s learned discussions of Matt Gaffney’s Weekly Crossword Contest. And from Jeffrey‘s rotating blog responsibilities, currently the Merl Reagle puzzle each Sunday. Not to mention the two newest additions to the team, Neville (Tuesday and Thursday L.A. Times puzzles) and Matt G. (the Thursday BEQ crossword). And then there’s PuzzleGirl, who is busy with her own puzzle blog (L.A. Crossword Confidential) and yet she’s always game to help out at Fiend when I go on vacation. And SethG, who is a utility player—he covered for the entire Fiend team during ACPT weekend, and also guest-blogs for PuzzleGirl and Rex Parker. Plus there’s T Campbell, whose autumn series of posts about crossword types will conclude in the future. Everyone brings their own style, voice, and humor to the gig. Virtual group hug! Air kisses all around.