Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fireball 5:16 (Amy)    (4.00 avg; 13 ratings)
NYT 5:09 (Amy)    (4.45 avg; 43 ratings)
LAT 4:13 (Gareth)    (3.18 avg; 14 ratings)
BEQ  untimed (Matt)    (3.86 avg; 7 ratings)
CS 12:37 (Ade)    (3.43 avg; 7 ratings)
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

AV Club 4:44 (Amy)    (3.68 avg; 11 ratings)
NYT 3:20 (Amy)    (3.53 avg; 17 ratings)
LAT 3:27 (Gareth)    (3.69 avg; 8 ratings)
CS 5:55 (Ade)    (3.13 avg; 4 ratings)
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MGWCC #320

crossword 4:25
meta 3 days    (4.73 avg; 22 ratings)
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NYT 4:03 (Amy)    (4.26 avg; 51 ratings)
Jonesin' 4:01 (Amy)    (no ratings)
LAT 3:31 (Amy)    (3.11 avg; 19 ratings)
CS 8:50 (Ade)    (3.94 avg; 9 ratings)
Xword Nation untimed (Janie)    (4.63 avg; 4 ratings)

We’re less than 3 weeks out from the 7th Running of the Lollapuzzoola Solving Bulls! Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 9. If you can get yourself to Manhattan then, I encourage you to join the fun and I promise you excellent puzzles and good company. It’s freakishly entertaining, as crossword tournaments go. There is whimsy galore. You can cash in Google Tickets to buy answers, there may be Utz Cheese Balls lofted towards mouths, and last year the winners’ trophies were entirely random and inappropriate. Visit Be More Smarter to register and see which frightfully hot constructors are providing crosswords. I am planning to compete in the Downs Only division, not receiving the Across clues. This will make for an extra challenge, and I hope I don’t hate it; so far, I think the rest of the division consists of Joon Pahk and divisional founder Peter Gordon.

Also! If you can’t make it to New York on the 9th, for a mere $10 you can partake of the At Home tournament via PDFs. No matter how you slice it, it comes up peanuts. Peanuts of fun.
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Fireball 8:30ish? (Amy)    (4.32 avg; 11 ratings)
NYT 2:35 (Amy)    (3.52 avg; 23 ratings)
LAT 3:28* (pannonica)    (2.88 avg; 13 ratings)
CS 4:08* (pannonica)    (3.17 avg; 6 ratings)
BEQ 4:20 (Amy)    (3.46 avg; 14 ratings)
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Sunday, July 20, 2014

NYT 11:09 (Amy)    (3.70 avg; 44 ratings)
Reagle 7:27 (Amy)    (4.00 avg; 12 ratings)
Hex/Hook untimed (pannonica)    (2.00 avg; 2 ratings)
LAT 7:08 (Amy)    (2.79 avg; 7 ratings)
WaPo 12:14 (Sam)    (4.18 avg; 17 ratings)
CS 18:36 (Ade)    (3.57 avg; 7 ratings)

I probably won’t get to the Sunday NYT crossword till 10 pm or later. In the meantime, I’ve got Merl’s puzzle, and I can pass along Sunday NYT constructor Eric Berlin’s advice to avoid reading the hint if you want more of a challenge.
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Newsday 9:55 (Amy)    (3.40 avg; 5 ratings)
NYT 6:22 (Amy)    (3.96 avg; 24 ratings)
LAT 2:42 (Andy)    (3.67 avg; 15 ratings)
CS 4:48 (Amy)    (3.00 avg; 8 ratings)
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