Author Archives: Sam Donaldson

The 2014 Orca Awards – Best Crossword

Orcas Week now concludes (finally!) with the coveted award for Best Crossword. Before we get to the big honor, thanks to Amy for giving me permission to run with this idea. It’s both fun and inspirational to take a closer … Continue reading

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The 2014 Orca Awards – Individual Honors

On this, the penultimate day of Orcas Week, we present the Bob Klahn Award for Most Outstanding Clue and the Margaret Farrar Constructor of the Year Award. Tomorrow, of course, is the final Orca for Best Crossword. Here’s how Orcas … Continue reading

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The 2014 Orca Awards – Best Gimmick Crossword

Welcome back! It’s now Day Five of Orcas Week, our annual celebration of exceptional crosswords from 2014. Today we present the award for Best Gimmick Crossword, a puzzle that employs a unique twist or novel concept. After today there are … Continue reading

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The 2014 Orca Awards – Best Meta/Contest Crossword

It’s Hump(back) Day of Orcas Week, our look back at some exceptional crosswords from 2014. Today we honor the “meta” or “contest” crossword, the “puzzle within a puzzle” that has become very popular in the past few years. Remember that … Continue reading

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The 2014 Orca Awards – Best Freestyle Crossword

Welcome 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 … Continue reading

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The 2014 Orca Awards – Best Sunday-Sized Crossword

The 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 … Continue reading

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The 2014 Orca Awards – Best Easy Crossword

It’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! … Continue reading

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