Amy Reynaldo, the author of How to Conquer the New York Times Crossword Puzzle, is a top-10 finisher at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. Her first New York Times crossword byline appeared July 5, 2009. She solves at least three crosswords a day and writes about them here.
NYT 9:24 (Amy) (3.95 avg; 42 ratings)
Reagle 6:38 (Amy) (3.67 avg; 6 ratings)
LAT 6:30 (Amy) (4.17 avg; 6 ratings)
Hex/Hook untimed (pannonica) (3.67 avg; 3 ratings)
WaPo 13:05 (Sam) (1error) (4.10 avg; 10 ratings)
CS 11:09 (Dave) (3.90 avg; 10 ratings)
NYT 5:09 (Amy) (3.22 avg; 27 ratings)
LAT 5:46 (Gareth) (3.85 avg; 20 ratings)
CS 5:55 (Dave) (3.40 avg; 5 ratings)
CHE 5:32 (pannonica) (3.43 avg; 7 ratings)
WSJ (Friday) 11:21 (pannonica) (3.45 avg; 11 ratings)
Fireball 4:44 (Amy) (4.00 avg; 9 ratings)
NYT 4:09 (Amy) (3.00 avg; 24 ratings)
AV Club ?? (Amy) (3.86 avg; 7 ratings)
LAT 4:34 (Gareth) (3.00 avg; 12 ratings)
BEQ untimed (Matt) (4.00 avg; 2 ratings)
CS 5:47 (Dave) (3.80 avg; 10 ratings)
If you’re in the Chicago area and hankering for a little crossword competition, the Arlington Heights Memorial Library is hosting a tournament at 1 pm on Saturday, December 7. What better way to celebrate the imminent 100th anniversary of the crossword puzzle? Hope to see a few of you there.
Hearty congratulations to Ben Tausig on the publication of a gorgeous new book, The Curious History of the Crossword: 100 Puzzles from Then and Now. I have barely had a chance to look through it yet, but have already marveled at the crosswords that Ben chose to illuminate the topic. A Merl Reagle puzzle from a non-ACPT tournament in the ’80s, a Matt Gaffney “Saturday Stumper” from Stan Newman’s Crossworder’s OWN Newsletter (1994), a Trip Payne puzzle from GAMES magazine in the ’80s, Maura Jacobson puzzles from New York magazine, the diamond-shaped crosswords from nearly a century ago? All sorts of blasts from the past, along with more recent puzzles in the indie vein. This is perhaps the wildest and widest selection of crosswords ever gathered in a single volume.
Ben discusses all sorts of issues in the crossword world—gender, themes, the breakfast table test, the business angle, mentoring relationships, indie crosswords, and more. I can’t wait to dig into the book—and work the puzzles.