Friday, November 7, 2014

NYT 5:01 (Amy)    (4.29 avg; 34 ratings)
LAT 5:04 (Gareth)    (3.63 avg; 15 ratings)
CS 7:58 (Ade)    (3.00 avg; 6 ratings)
CHE 6:08 (pannonica)    (3.57 avg; 7 ratings)
WSJ (Friday) 13:23 (pannonica)    (4.00 avg; 9 ratings)

If you’ve got $1.49, a Kindle or the Kindle app, and an hour to kill, check out constructor Robert Harris’s mystery novella, A Most Puzzling Murder. It’s a murder mystery set at a crossword tournament in New York, an event run by “Gotham Record puzzle editor Bill Long.” I found it hilarious and I didn’t see the ending coming (I bet some of you will).
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Thursday, November 6, 2014

NYT 4:17 (Amy)    (3.36 avg; 28 ratings)
LAT 4:20 (Gareth)    (3.37 avg; 19 ratings)
CS 8:49 (Ade)    (3.25 avg; 8 ratings)
BEQ tk (Matt)    (3.81 avg; 8 ratings)

Fireball write-up coming Sunday night in the 11/10 post. Contest puzzle! Non-impossible meta!

Nikki Gloudeman at Ravishly interviewed me for her article, “Does The New York Times Crossword Puzzle Have A Sexism Problem?” Gloudeman asks: “But if solvers are pretty much equally divided among the genders, and there was a time when female constructors served in an equal capacity to men, is it really true that men like to do puzzles more? Or is it, perhaps, that this is a false and damning presumption entrenched at the top?”

Also, Brendan Quigley will be posting his regular Thursday crossword later on this evening. We’ll blog it soon thereafter.
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

AV Club 4:23 (Amy)     (3.79 avg; 12 ratings)
NYT 3:22 (Amy)    (3.07 avg; 36 ratings)
LAT untimed (Doug)    (3.16 avg; 16 ratings)
CS 11:04 (Ade)    (3.61 avg; 9 ratings)
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MGWCC #335

crossword 5:26
meta DNF3 days, ultimately with help    (4.45 avg; 21 ratings)
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Jonesin' 5:31 (Amy)    (4.33 avg; 6 ratings)
NYT 3:31 (Amy)    (3.66 avg; 34 ratings)
LAT 2:52 (Amy)    (3.21 avg; 14 ratings)
CS 11:38 (Ade)    (2.90 avg; 5 ratings)
Xword Nation untimed (Janie)    (4.80 avg; 5 ratings)
Blindauer 9:30 (Matt)    (4.25 avg; 2 ratings)

Tuesday is election day! If you are registered to vote in the US and you haven’t already completed your ballot, please take the time to vote.
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Monday, November 3, 2014

NYT 3:47 (pannonica)    (2.71 avg; 26 ratings)
LAT 3:02 (pannonica)    (2.83 avg; 12 ratings)
CS 12:24 (Ade)    (3.50 avg; 7 ratings)
BEQ 4:26 (Amy)    (4.38 avg; 8 ratings)
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Sunday, November 2, 2014

NYT 11:09 (Amy)    (3.35 avg; 27 ratings)
Reagle untimed (Amy)    (4.05 avg; 19 ratings)
LAT 6:59 (Amy)    (3.30 avg; 5 ratings)
Hex/Hook untimed (pannonica)    (3.25 avg; 2 ratings)
WaPo 10:22 (Sam)    (4.00 avg; 7 ratings)
CS 31:11 (Ade)    (3.56 avg; 8 ratings)

Zep (© Patrick Merrell)

Zep (© Patrick Merrell)

Puzzler and cartoonist Patrick Merrell just launched a Kickstarter to get backing for a kids’ book he made, Zep: A Puzzling Adventure. Pat says the baffling puzzle contained within the book will take weeks to crack, if not longer. Intriguing! So click through and watch the video to learn more about the project.

Alert! Merl Reagle’s puzzle is best solved on the PDF this week. Here’s the link.

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