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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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Newsday 8:30 (Amy)    (4.17 avg; 6 ratings)
NYT 5:45 + 5 minutes meta (Amy)    (3.56 avg; 17 ratings)
LAT 3:35 (Andy)    (4.00 avg; 16 ratings)
CS 11:48 (Ade)    (3.00 avg; 7 ratings)
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Friday, October 24, 2014

NYT 5:11 (Amy)    (3.63 avg; 16 ratings)
LAT 5:02 (Gareth)    (4.03 avg; 17 ratings)
CS 11:36 (Ade)    (3.36 avg; 7 ratings)
CHE untimed (pannonica)    (3.82 avg; 11 ratings)
WSJ (Friday) untimed (pannonica)    (3.25 avg; 6 ratings)
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Crosswords LA puzzle set available for $5

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People! You can buy the crosswords from the Crosswords LA tournament for a mere $5. I curated these puzzles myself and was excited to get to work with these constructors. There are tough puzzles by David Quarfoot (themeless) and Byron Walden (meta!), and more approachable puzzles by Merl Reagle, Trip Payne, Patti Varol, and Melanie Miller—plus a pair of warm-up puzzles (by Andrea Carla Michaels and Susan Gelfand) and a puzzle suite that was a team event at the tournament. Every one of the constructors named here is from California, except for Merl (who remains an honorary Californian because he used to live there and has puzzles in L.A. and San Francisco newspapers).

The profits go to Reading to Kids, and the crosswords are provided in .puz and PDF formats (the puzzle suite is PDF only).

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