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.
Fireball puzzle 7:18; meta 5 minutes (Matt) (3.67 avg; 9 ratings)
NYT 4:54 (Amy) (2.70 avg; 35 ratings)
Jonesin' 3:30 (Amy) (2.42 avg; 6 ratings)
LAT 3:00 (Amy) (3.44 avg; 18 ratings)
CS 10:02 (Ade) (3.31 avg; 8 ratings)
Xword Nation untimed (Janie) (3.75 avg; 4 ratings)
Patrick Merrell wrote and (copiously) illustrated a 144-page storybook called Zep in the Curse of the Evil Dr. Sumac Who Lives Next Door. Zep is aimed at kids 7 and up—and at adults and teens who like crafty puzzles. “Part two is a super-tough puzzle hidden within the book’s pages. It’s intricate and devious, requiring finesse, logic, skill, and persistence — a puzzling challenge that will push crafty adults and brainiac teens to their limits.” Remember the challenge of finding the annual hidden puzzle in Games magazine? Imagine having a far more intricate puzzle lurking within those 144 pages, awaiting your cleverness. And there are prizes!
You can buy the book here for $11.95. Enjoy!
NYT 7:50 (Amy) (3.97 avg; 38 ratings)
LAT 6:47 (Andy) (2.96 avg; 14 ratings)
Reagle 20:37 (Sam) (2.45 avg; 10 ratings)
Hex/Hook 14:05 (Andy) (2.58 avg; 6 ratings)
CS 22:23 (Ade) (3.80 avg; 5 ratings)