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.
ANNOUNCEMENT: In conjunction with my new book, I have begun work on my latest (and probably last) giant crossword. Ubercross Fiddy was a 50×50 New York Times-style grid, and Ubercross C-Spot a record-setting 120×120 New York Times-style grid. The Ubercross Cryptosaurus will be at least 375×375 squares big, beating the official Guinness record, and feature British construction rules and cryptic clues, which I’ve slowly grown to love in my time covering the scene. More details to come in the coming weeks.
NYT 9:03 (3.11 avg; 28 ratings)
LAT 8:22 (2.33 avg; 6 ratings)
Reagle 8:15 (3.38 avg; 8 ratings)
Hex/Hook untimed (pannonica) (3.00 avg; 2 ratings)
WaPo 8:53 (Gareth) (4.00 avg; 9 ratings)
CS 8:13 (Dave) (3.90 avg; 10 ratings)
Hello, Canadians! And also Americans who get CBC shows stateside, and anyone in the world who can access this webpage. David Gutnick has produced a short radio documentary about the J.A.S.A. Crossword Class in New York. Familiar names (and faces, in the picture at the CBC site) include constructor and J.A.S.A. teacher Ian Livengood and ace solver/blog commenter Dan Chall. The CBC show airs Sunday morning at 10, and has about 1.3 million listeners. The documentary, which runs about 10 minutes, is called “So Nice to Feel Clever.”
NYT 6:03 (Jeffrey – paper and pencil) (3.58 avg; 36 ratings)
LAT 5:52 (Gareth) (3.46 avg; 13 ratings)
CS 5:07 (Dave) (3.20 avg; 5 ratings)
CHE untimed (pannonica) (4.00 avg; 6 ratings)
WSJ (Friday) untimed (pannonica) (3.33 avg; 6 ratings)
NYT 4:34 (3.57 avg; 28 ratings)
LAT 3:26 (2.60 avg; 15 ratings)
Fireball contest puzzle (4.00 avg; 4 ratings)
AV Club 4:17 (4.43 avg; 7 ratings)
BEQ 6:36 (Matt) (4.14 avg; 7 ratings)
CS 5:35 (Dave) (3.38 avg; 8 ratings)
There’s no new Ink Well puzzle by Ben Tausig this week. Ben is a real mensch and he spent too much time with a friend in the hospital to make new puzzles last week. We wish Ben’s friend well and will return to Ink Well blogging next week.