Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Jonesin' 3:37 (Amy)    (3.00 avg; 1 rating)
NYT 3:30 (Amy)    (2.79 avg; 24 ratings)
LAT 3:33 (pannonica)    (3.08 avg; 13 ratings)
CS 12:09 (Ade)    (2.75 avg; 6 ratings)
Xword Nation untimed (Janie)    (4.25 avg; 8 ratings)

Many folks have been stressing out about how they’re going to get to and from the ACPT in Stamford, a less convenient location for those who are flying in to New York. I suggested to Will that the tournament set up a ride-share board or shuttle buses or something, and so it is that ACPT webmaster Nancy Parsons set up a ride-share thing. If you’re looking to split your rental car costs with other puzzlers, or hoping to get a ride from another traveler, or coming from a nearby city and hoping to catch a ride with someone, here’s the place to make your needs/availability known.
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Monday, January 12, 2015

NYT 2:39 (Amy)    (3.76 avg; 21 ratings)
LAT 2:35 (Amy)    (3.05 avg; 10 ratings)
CS 10:40 (Ade)    (3.91 avg; 11 ratings)
BEQ 5:35 (Amy)    (2.88 avg; 12 ratings)
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Sunday, January 11, 2015

NYT 9:15 (Amy)    (3.04 avg; 38 ratings)
Reagle 8:06 (Amy)    (3.50 avg; 12 ratings)
LAT 6:05 (Andy)    (3.50 avg; 11 ratings)
Hex/Hook 11:07 (pannonica)    (3.50 avg; 1 rating)
WaPo 13:08 (Sam)    (4.33 avg; 12 ratings)
CS untimed (Ade)    (3.86 avg; 11 ratings)
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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Newsday 9:53 (Amy)    (4.21 avg; 7 ratings)
NYT 5:45 (Amy)    (4.04 avg; 28 ratings)
LAT 4:31 (Amy)    (3.00 avg; 10 ratings)
CS 11:27 (Ade)    (3.64 avg; 7 ratings)

Schedule change! Andy and I are swapping weekend LA Times gigs, and I’ll be writing about the Saturday puzzle while Andy tackles the Sunday.
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Friday, January 9, 2015

NYT 5:58 (Amy)    (4.35 avg; 40 ratings)
LAT 12:42 – paper (Gareth)    (3.34 avg; 16 ratings)
CS 9:10 (Ade)    (2.89 avg; 9 ratings)
CHE untimed (pannonica)    (3.70 avg; 10 ratings)
WSJ (Friday) 12:44 (pannonica)    (4.00 avg; 7 ratings)
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Indie 500 deadline for crossword constructors is 1/15

An email from the Indie 500 team—Andy Kravis, Erik Agard, Evan Birnholz, Neville Fogarty, and Peter Broda—arrived today:

The subject says it all. If you were planning on submitting a puzzle for the Indie 500 tournament you’ll need to get it in to us by next Thursday, January 15 at 11:59 CST. And if you’re on the fence about submitting, just do it; we’re looking for fresh voices and creative ideas and we’ll work with you to clean up little things that could be better and we’re judging y’all blindly and I swear we’re really nice so don’t worry if you’re new at this. You may be exactly the kind person we want an idea from, in fact.

Go to the Indie 500 website and visit the SUBMIT page for all of the details and a file upload tool for submitting your finished work. Feel free to ask us any questions you may have as long as they don’t reveal anything specific about your puzzle.

Best,

The Indie 500 team

—Andy, Erik, Evan, Neville, Peter

So if you’re interested in throwing your grid-hat into the ring, visit the website for more details. The Indie 500 folks are particularly keen on seeing puzzles from women, POC, LGBTQ people, etc.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Fireball 11:11 (Amy)    (3.75 avg; 14 ratings)
NYT 6:46 (Amy)    (2.59 avg; 43 ratings)
LAT n/a (Gareth)    (3.65 avg; 10 ratings)
CS 13:15 (Ade)    (3.94 avg; 9 ratings)
BEQ 8:03 (Ben)    (2.91 avg; 11 ratings)
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