Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Jonesin' 4:07 (Amy)    (3.75 avg; 6 ratings)
NYT 3:28 (Amy)    (3.70 avg; 22 ratings)
LAT 3:04 (Amy)    (3.67 avg; 12 ratings)
CS 5:49 (Dave)    (3.56 avg; 8 ratings)
Xword Nation untimed (Janie)    (3.83 avg; 3 ratings)
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Monday, March 24, 2014

NYT 3:01 (pannonica)    (4.03 avg; 32 ratings)
LAT 3:20 (pannonica)    (3.41 avg; 16 ratings)
BEQ 5:55 (Amy)    (4.00 avg; 7 ratings)
CS 6:17 (still Dave)    (4.06 avg; 8 ratings)

The Washington Post’s Gene Weingarten, an avowed crossworder, looks at our world through the eyes of aliens understanding our society via the NYT crossword. If this doesn’t make you giggle at least twice, there’s no helping you.
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Sunday, March 23, 2014

NYT 10:12 (Amy)    (3.95 avg; 28 ratings)
Reagle 8:02 (Amy)    (4.29 avg; 19 ratings)
LAT 7:11 (Amy)    (3.50 avg; 7 ratings)
Hex/Hook 9:47 (pannonica)    (4.00 avg; 1 rating)
WaPo 26:29 (Gareth)    (4.20 avg; 10 ratings)
CS 7:18 (Dave)    (3.43 avg; 7 ratings)
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Saturday, March 22, 2014

NYT 6:42 (Amy)    (3.81 avg; 31 ratings)
Newsday untimed (Amy)    (4.50 avg; 8 ratings)
LAT 3:44 (Andy)    (2.97 avg; 18 ratings)
CS 6:09 (Dave)    (2.93 avg; 7 ratings)
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Friday, March 21, 2014

NYT 4:32 (Amy)    (3.59 avg; 38 ratings)
LAT 6:57 (Gareth)    (2.78 avg; 20 ratings)
CS 5:57 (Dave)    (2.42 avg; 6 ratings)
WSJ (Friday) 11:24 (pannonica)    (4.00 avg; 8 ratings)
CHE 3:55 (pannonica)    (3.00 avg; 10 ratings)
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Fireball 5:36 (Amy)    (4.31 avg; 8 ratings)
NYT 5:01 (Amy)    (4.11 avg; 40 ratings)
AV Club 4:54 (Amy)    (3.91 avg; 11 ratings)
LAT 3:38 (Gareth)    (3.60 avg; 15 ratings)
BEQ 6:11 (Matt)    (4.25 avg; 8 ratings)
CS 6:15 (Dave)    (3.39 avg; 9 ratings)
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The 2013 Orca Awards

orcasThe Orcas are back! Budget cuts forced us to scrap the fancy-shmancy awards ceremony this year. (Now we’ll just have to imagine what Henry Hook would have worn on the black-and-white carpet.) We had a cute little magic show all planned and everything, but recent events led us to scrap it at the last minute. But, hey, we don’t need a splashy show to honor many of the great crossword puzzles from 2013. (Get it? “Splashy?” Orcas?)

As is tradition, the Orca Awards honor excellence in crossword construction and editing in several categories. This year, the Best Contest Crossword award joins the returning categories, and we’ll also confer both the Bob Klahn Award for Most Outstanding Clue and the Margaret Farrar Award for Constructor of the Year. The final award will be for Best Crossword of 2013.

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