Thursday, October 30, 2014

NYT 5:40 (Amy)    (3.40 avg; 26 ratings)
Fireball 5:20 (Amy)    (4.00 avg; 7 ratings)
LAT 5:15 (Gareth)    (2.50 avg; 10 ratings)
CS 13:44 (Ade)    (2.89 avg; 9 ratings)
BEQ untimed (Matt)    (2.63 avg; 8 ratings)

Are you one of those solvers who skips the Monday to Wednesday puzzles because they’re too easy and your interest only picks up when a tricky Thursday puzzle rolls around? If you’re not an AV Club crossword subscriber, drop a dollar on Caleb Madison’s “Spirituals” puzzle this week—you won’t regret it! It’s currently got an average rating of 4.64 stars (that’s 20 5-star ratings and eight in the 3- to 4.5-star range).
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

AV Club 6:48 (Amy)     (4.65 avg; 41 ratings)
NYT 3:28 (Amy)    (2.86 avg; 28 ratings)
LAT 4:18 (Gareth)    (2.76 avg; 19 ratings)
CS 9:33 (Ade)    (3.43 avg; 7 ratings)

If you’re not an AV Club Crossword subscriber, I strongly encourage you to buy this week’s terrific offering for $1 here and solve it before you peek at the write-up below.
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MGWCC #334

crossword 7:53
meta 15 minutes    (4.14 avg; 21 ratings)
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Jonesin' 3:28 (Amy)    (2.83 avg; 3 ratings)
NYT 3:26 (Amy)    (3.86 avg; 28 ratings)
LAT 3:08 (Amy)    (2.59 avg; 16 ratings)
CS 8:37 (Ade)    (3.75 avg; 10 ratings)
Xword Nation untimed (Janie)    (4.67 avg; 3 ratings)
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NYT puzzle contest wrap-up (the succinct version)

Blindauer 5 minutes for the meta, standard NYT solving times all week (Amy/pannonica)    (4.14 avg; 11 ratings)
Explanation of Patrick Blindauer’s six-day suite of NYT crosswords with a meta answer at the end appears below the jump.
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Monday, October 27, 2014

NYT untimed (pannonica)    (3.00 avg; 20 ratings)
LAT 3:24 (pannonica)    (3.59 avg; 11 ratings)
CS 10:17 (Ade)    (2.95 avg; 10 ratings)
BEQ 8:58 (Amy)    (4.13 avg; 4 ratings)
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Sunday, October 26, 2014

NYT 10:01 (Amy)    (3.88 avg; 29 ratings)
Reagle 9:28 (Amy)    (3.05 avg; 10 ratings)
LAT 7:40 (Amy)    (3.14 avg; 7 ratings)
Hex/Hook untimed (pannonica)    (2.63 avg; 4 ratings)
WaPo 6:26 (Gareth, I think)    (4.37 avg; 15 ratings)
CS 18:46 (Ade)    (3.60 avg; 10 ratings)
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