Tuesday, November 11, 2014

NYT 3:49 (Amy)    (3.17 avg; 30 ratings)
LAT 3:24 (Amy)    (3.92 avg; 18 ratings)
Jonesin' 2:58 (Amy)    (3.30 avg; 5 ratings)
CS 13:18 (Ade)    (3.69 avg; 8 ratings)
Xword Nation untimed (Janie)    (4.33 avg; 6 ratings)
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Muller Monthly Music Meta, November 2014

puzzle — 9:19; meta — 1 hour (Matt)    (3.68 avg; 11 ratings)

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Monday, November 10, 2014

NYT 3:22 (pannonica)    (3.62 avg; 29 ratings)
Fireball 7:12 + 5-10 mins (Amy)    (4.32 avg; 11 ratings)
LAT 3:28 (pannonica)    (2.90 avg; 10 ratings)
CS 12:47 (Ade)    (3.38 avg; 8 ratings)
BEQ 5:18 (Amy)    (4.04 avg; 13 ratings)
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Sunday, November 9, 2014

NYT 9:39 (Amy)    (4.57 avg; 54 ratings)
Reagle 7:43 (Amy)    (3.89 avg; 9 ratings)
LAT 6:52 (Amy)    (2.91 avg; 11 ratings)
Hex/Hook untimed (pannonica)    (2.83 avg; 3 ratings)
WaPo 21:14 (Sam)    (3.95 avg; 10 ratings)
CS 26:18 (Ade)    (3.77 avg; 11 ratings)

If Patrick Blindauer’s recent week of meta-puzzle crosswords in the New York Times whetted your appetite for more, sign up for Patrick’s next puzzle suite, Space Puzzlefest.
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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Newsday 8:17 (Amy)    (3.88 avg; 4 ratings)
NYT 6:21 (Amy)    (3.44 avg; 26 ratings)
LAT 5:13 (Andy)    (3.04 avg; 14 ratings)
CS 11:51 (Ade)    (3.20 avg; 5 ratings)

Anna Shechtman wrote about getting started in crossword constructing and working for Will Shortz here.
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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)    (3.33 avg; 9 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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