Friday, August 15, 2014

NYT 4:10 (Amy)    (3.70 avg; 35 ratings)
LAT 6:45 (Gareth)    (3.46 avg; 13 ratings)
CS 9:49 (Ade)    (3.50 avg; 4 ratings)
CHE untimed (pannonica)    (3.44 avg; 9 ratings)
WSJ (Friday) untimed (pannonica)    (3.43 avg; 7 ratings)
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

NYT 5:47 (Amy)    (3.61 avg; 38 ratings)
LAT 7:12 on the LAT website (Matt)    (2.91 avg; 17 ratings)
BEQ untimed (Amy)    (4.17 avg; 9 ratings)
CS 7:44 (Ade)    (3.08 avg; 6 ratings)

Links! First up, Anna Shechtman has written a splendid essay for The American Reader on women in crossword construction. I emailed the link to my mom (because Anna quotes me in her essay, and Mom likes to see such things). “My goodness, what a well-written piece,” Mom remarked.

Next, there’s a new crossword tournament in the works: The Indie 500 will take place sometime in May 2015, in Washington, DC. Five indie constructors are putting the event together—Erik Agard, Andy Kravis, Neville Fogarty, Evan Birnholz, and Peter Broda. (Click any name to visit that constructor’s website full of puzzles.)
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

AV Club 6:12 (Amy)    (3.97 avg; 16 ratings)
NYT 3:40 (Amy)    (3.33 avg; 27 ratings)
LAT 3:19 (Gareth)    (3.58 avg; 13 ratings)
CS 10:00 (Ade)    (3.30 avg; 5 ratings)
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Blogging the crossword from Southwest Airlines’ Spirit magazine

I flew Southwest when I went to New York for the Lollapuzzoola tournament. It’s been my favorite airline for years, and they typically had some good puzzles in the in-flight magazine. Last year, each issue of Spirit offered two crosswords by Brendan Emmett Quigley—an easier one and a tougher one, a little something for solvers of varying levels.

Earlier this year, Spirit replaced Brendan’s puzzles with crosswords from Myles Mellor, a constructor whose website boasts of his vast experience but whose puzzles seem to fall far short of the level you’d expect if you’ve been doing solid newspaper puzzles (such as the ones from the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and Newsday).

I’d like to quiz you on some of the clues in Mellor’s easy puzzle, “It’s a Seasonal Thing,” from the August 2014 issue of Spirit. Continue reading

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AV Club contest puzzle from 8/6

AV Club 9:46 + 5-10 minutes (Amy)    (3.97 avg; 16 ratings)

Remember last week’s AV Club contest puzzle?
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MGWCC #323

crossword 3:48
meta about 10 minutes with lots of googling    (3.58 avg; 13 ratings)
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Jonesin' 3:11 (Amy)    (3.67 avg; 3 ratings)
LAT 3:10 (Amy)    (3.47 avg; 17 ratings)
NYT 2:54 (Amy)    (3.46 avg; 27 ratings)
CS 12:01 (Ade)    (3.67 avg; 6 ratings)
Xword Nation untimed (Janie)    (3.83 avg; 3 ratings)
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