Tuesday, October 11, 2016

CS 14:54 (Ade) 


Jonesin' 5:54 (Derek) 


LAT 3:35 (Derek) 


NYT 3:40 (Amy) 


WSJ untimed (Jim) 


Xword Nation untimed (Janie) 


Newsflash! If you like variety cryptic crosswords and Patrick Berry’s work, you are in luck. Here’s his announcement of his latest puzzle set:

I’m pleased to announce the release of Son of the Crypt, a set of 13 never-before-published cryptic crosswords available exclusively on my website (www.aframegames.com). Five are block-style diagrams, including a jumbo-sized 19×19. The other eight are variety cryptics, featuring several unusual grid types (some of which will be familiar to regular solvers of my variety puzzles). Devilish clues, intriguing wordplay finds, and satisfying payoffs abound!

I worked much of his previous Crypt set but didn’t quite manage to finish! The weather’s turning cooler, and hey, if it takes you all fall and winter to wrestle the puzzles to the ground, that’s okay, because you need something to do indoors.
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WSJ Contest – Friday, October 7, 2016

untimed (Jim) 


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Muller Monthly Music Meta, October 2016

puzzle — untimed (Matt) 
meta — 25 minutes 


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Monday, October 10, 2016

BEQ 12:40 (Gareth) 


CS 6:35 (Ade) 


LAT untimed (pannonica) 


NYT untimed (pannonica)  


WSJ untimed (Jim)  


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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Hex/Quigley tk (pannonica) 


LAT 5:29 (Andy) 


NYT 8:39 (Amy) 


WaPo  10:22 (Jenni) 


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Saturday, October 8, 2016

CS tk (Ade) 


LAT 10:28 (Derek) 


Newsday 25:04 (Derek) 


NYT 5:47 (Amy) 


WSJ tk (pannonica) 


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New(er) puzzles out there!

In addition to Patrick Blindauer’s new Kickstarter for an easy weekly crossword (a $29 pledge gets you a year of Piece of Cake puzzles; bigger pledges add on Patrick’s Puzzlefest puzzle suites, private lessons in making crosswords, etc.), there are a couple other puzzle ventures I want to mention. Kickstarter projects have deadlines! There are 16 days to go on this one.

First up is Eric Berlin’s Puzzle Your Kids, which offers assorted pencil puzzles for kids age 9 and up. You can subscribe for 3 months, 6 months, or 1 year. With the holiday shopping season coming up, this is a great gift for your kids, nieces and nephews, grandchildren, or any other kids you want to spoil with some brainy fun. (Eric’s PYK project began with a Kickstarter, too.)

Next, there’s a Kickstarter for a humor magazine with a crossword by Joon Pahk’s buddy, Matt Matera. The magazine is called The American Bystander, and issue 3’s contributors include Mallory Ortberg (my favorite!), Merrill Markoe, cartoonist Gahan Wilson, poet Billy Collins, and more. The Kickstarter deadline here is in just 4 days!

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