Monday, October 20, 2014

NYT 3:21 (pannonica)    (3.50 avg; 15 ratings)
LAT 3:15 (pannonica)    (4.00 avg; 14 ratings)
CS 9:56 (Ade)    (3.50 avg; 9 ratings)
BEQ 7:35, 1 Google (Amy)    (4.15 avg; 13 ratings)

The New York Times note:

All the puzzles this week, from Monday to Saturday, have been created by one person, Patrick Blindauer. Keep your solutions handy, because the Saturday puzzle conceals a meta-challenge involving the solution grids of all six. When you have the answer to the meta-challenge, send it to crossword@nytimes.com. Twenty correct solvers, chosen at random, whose entries are received by 6:00 p.m. E.T. Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, will win one-year online subscriptions to the New York Times crossword. Only one entry per person, please. The answer and winners’ names will appear on Friday, Oct. 31, at www.nytimes.com/wordplay.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

NYT 9:57 (Amy)    (3.04 avg; 23 ratings)
Reagle 8:19 (Amy)    (4.06 avg; 8 ratings)
LAT 7:41 (Amy)    (3.00 avg; 7 ratings)
Hex/Hook 9:02 (pannonica)    (3.00 avg; 1 rating)
WaPo 14:45 (1 error) (Sam)    (3.42 avg; 13 ratings)
CS 27:11 (Ade)    (3.64 avg; 11 ratings)

News from the West Coast! At Crosswords LA, Eric Maddy emerged victorious from a tough finals puzzle by David Quarfoot. Jordan Chodorow placed second and John Beck third. Congrats, gentlemen, and congrats to tournament organizer Elissa Grossman!
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

NYT 7:16* (Amy)    (3.72 avg; 25 ratings)
Newsday 6:27 (Amy)    (4.00 avg; 7 ratings)
LAT 3:03 (Andy)    (3.81 avg; 13 ratings)
CS 12:52 (Ade)    (3.25 avg; 6 ratings)

Tournament news! The Crosswords LA tournament runs this Saturday morning and afternoon. Wish I could be there! I had a blast working with the constructors on a fabulous set of crosswords.

And the Indie 500 tournament has set a date and place: Saturday, May 30, at George Washington University in D.C. The event’s being put together by five indie constructors: Erik Agard, Evan Birnholz, Peter Broda, Neville Fogarty, and Andy Kravis. The constructors will be those five plus another chosen via a competition, which is a nifty way to do it.
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Friday, October 17, 2014

NYT 4:45 (Amy)    (3.24 avg; 29 ratings)
LAT 7:02 (Gareth)    (3.18 avg; 14 ratings)
CS 8:32 (Ade)    (2.38 avg; 8 ratings)
CHE 10:13 (pannonica)    (3.60 avg; 5 ratings)
WSJ (Friday) 4:37 (pannonica)    (3.21 avg; 7 ratings)
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fireball 9:49 (Amy)    (4.29 avg; 7 ratings)
NYT 4:30 (Amy)    (3.57 avg; 43 ratings)
LAT 4:26 (Gareth)    (3.05 avg; 11 ratings)
CS 11:41 (Ade)    (3.25 avg; 8 ratings)
BEQ untimed (Matt)    (3.61 avg; 9 ratings)

Over at his Devil Cross puzzle site, Evan Birnholz has written a righteous polemic against the underwhelming fill ALER(S) and NLER(S). Check it out.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

AV Club 5:52 (Amy)     (4.05 avg; 10 ratings)
NYT 3:07 (Amy)    (3.68 avg; 28 ratings)
LAT 4:10 (Gareth)    (3.37 avg; 15 ratings)
CS 13:58 (Ade)    (2.86 avg; 7 ratings)
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MGWCC #332

crossword 5-6 mins
meta a few minutes    (4.19 avg; 8 ratings)
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