Sunday, December 7, 2014

LAT 9:27 (Amy)    (2.83 avg; 12 ratings)
Reagle 8:21 (Amy)    (4.15 avg; 10 ratings)
NYT 7:24 (Amy)    (3.32 avg; 34 ratings)
Hex/Hook 10:37 (pannonica)    (3.83 avg; 3 ratings)
WaPo 9:12 (Sam)    (4.11 avg; 9 ratings)
CS untimed (Ade)    (4.50 avg; 8 ratings)
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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Newsday 9:26 (Amy)    (3.50 avg; 9 ratings)
NYT 5:58 (Amy)    (4.32 avg; 33 ratings)
LAT 3:30 (Andy)    (3.65 avg; 13 ratings)
CS 14:55 (Ade)    (3.90 avg; 5 ratings)

Do you love Matt Gaffney’s Weekly Crossword Contest? Matt is following in the footsteps of other indie puzzlemakers who’ve ventured into making their work available via subscription. Starting in January, the MGWCC meta puzzles will run you $26 a year. That’s 50¢ a week—50¢ for feeling frightfully clever when you triumph over the puzzle, and the same 50¢ those weeks where you beat your head into a 15×15 brick wall and can’t for the life of you figure out the meta. Given the amount of time some people expend on ruminating over what evil thematic ploy Matt used this time, heck, the Week 4 or 5 puzzles might work out to 15¢ an hour. A good value! Head to mgwcc.com to sign up, or tell Santa or Hanukkah Harry that MGWCC is on your holiday wish list.
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Friday, December 5, 2014

NYT 5:25 (Amy)    (3.38 avg; 26 ratings)
LAT 6:30 (Gareth)    (2.56 avg; 18 ratings)
CS 7:24 (Ade)    (3.14 avg; 7 ratings)
CHE untimed (pannonica)    (4.23 avg; 13 ratings)
Blindauer 12:02 (Matt)    (4.00 avg; 4 ratings)
WSJ (Friday) 14:00 (pannonica)    (3.50 avg; 6 ratings)
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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Fireball 5:54 (Amy)    (4.19 avg; 8 ratings)
NYT 5:27 (Amy)    (4.40 avg; 54 ratings)
LAT 5:03 (Gareth)    (3.63 avg; 16 ratings)
CS 15:01 (Ade)    (2.85 avg; 13 ratings)
BEQ 6:17 (Matt)    (3.04 avg; 12 ratings)
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

AV Club 4:09/1 error (Amy)     (4.00 avg; 16 ratings)
NYT 3:07 (Amy)    (3.78 avg; 30 ratings)
LAT 2:59 (Amy)    (3.00 avg; 9 ratings)
CS 10:29 (Ade)    (3.33 avg; 6 ratings)

Two hot tips:

This is the final week to get in on Patrick Merrell‘s Kickstarter project, a kids’ book called Zep (in the Curse of the Evil Dr. Sumac Who Lives Next Door), written and illustrated by Pat himself, with some sort of cunning meta puzzle hidden within it. Click over, watch the video, sign up!

Also, if you’re looking for puzzly holiday gifts for kids this month, check out Cynthia Morris‘s new book, Kids’ Krostics: Puzzling Penguins – And 49 More Amazing Animals. This is Cynthia’s first volume of acrostics for kids. She’s also got a weekly online acrostic puzzle for adults at American Acrostics (you can print out a PDF if you prefer hard-copy solving).
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MGWCC #339

crossword 4:55
meta DNF    (4.69 avg; 21 ratings)
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

NYT 4:04 (Amy)    (2.86 avg; 47 ratings)
Jonesin' 4:04 (Amy)    (3.75 avg; 2 ratings)
LAT 2:56 (Amy)    (3.08 avg; 18 ratings)
CS 9:51 (Ade)    (3.63 avg; 8 ratings)
Xword Nation untimed (Janie)    (4.64 avg; 7 ratings)
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