Amy Reynaldo, the author of How to Conquer the New York Times Crossword Puzzle, is a top-10 finisher at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. Her first New York Times crossword byline appeared July 5, 2009. She solves at least three crosswords a day and writes about them here.
NYT 3:54 (Amy) (3.21 avg; 35 ratings)
Jonesin' 3:28 (Amy) (3.60 avg; 5 ratings)
LAT 3:19 (Amy) (3.53 avg; 17 ratings)
CS 8:52 (Ade) (3.50 avg; 6 ratings)
Xword Nation untimed (Janie) (3.92 avg; 6 ratings)
puzzle — 8:03; meta — DNF (Matt) (5.00 avg; 12 ratings)
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)
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.