Author Archives: Sam Donaldson

2011 Oryx Awards – Best Crossword Nominees

On Oscar Sunday, February 26, this blog will host the 2011 Oryx Awards, honoring several of the outstanding achievements in crossword puzzle construction from puzzles published in 2011. Honors will be given in several categories, including Best Easy Puzzle, Best … Continue reading

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Free Puzzle Contest – “My Big Fat Fun Wedding”

To celebrate my upcoming wedding this summer, I am pleased to offer a new puzzle contest, “My Big Fat Fun Wedding.” The puzzles are pitched at an easy-medium difficulty level, but I hope beginners and experts alike enjoy them. Solvers … Continue reading

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Cleaner PDF Version of the Sunday NYT

Rumor has it that the posted PDF version of the Sunday NYT crossword is incorrect.  Jim Horne has offered this helpful link to a clean and correct version of the puzzle.  It’s a Trip Payne puzzle, so that means good … Continue reading

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Sunday, 1/2/11

NYT 28:15 (Sam) Reagle 7:57 (Jeffrey) BG 18:53 (Sam) WaPo Untimed (Janie) LAT 10:24 (Jeffrey) CS 10:07 (Evad) Sporting a new tan and recharged batteries, Our Fearless Leader is on the way home from vacation. That means you get most … Continue reading

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Sunday, 8/15/10

NYT  30:30 Reagle  13:40 BG  Untimed WaPo  Untimed LAT  19:28 CS – 16:11 (Evad) Three announcements: (1) Happy birthday to our fearless leader, Amy Reynaldo! I had my first guest stint on this blog last year at this time, and … Continue reading

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Saturday, 8/14/10

NYT 23:21 LAT 15:56 Newsday 38:13 CS untimed Just got done baking a Spiderman cake and a magic hat cake for a birthday party tomorrow (two brothers). Fondant and sugar and homemade buttercream are all over the place! I hope … Continue reading

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Friday, 8/13/10

NYT 22:18 LAT 12:58 CHE 11:07 CS Untimed Happy Friday the 13th, everyone! As someone who turned 13 (and 30) on Friday the 13th (February, thanks for asking), I don’t suffer from triskaidekaphobia.  So I expect nothing but good luck in … Continue reading

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