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.
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Hi! It’s me, Amy, back home from New York and the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. I went into the weekend feeling like this would be my last year competing at ACPT—my heart just wasn’t in it, I have no interest … Continue reading
Here at Fiend Central Amalgamated Satellite Office, I’ve been monitoring some of the goings-on at the ACPT. Seems as if Patrick Blindauer’s puzzle #5 was some sort of soul-crusher, but at the end of Day One, the usual suspects occupy … Continue reading
If you’re attending the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in a couple weeks—whether you’re a first-timer looking to meet congenial people or you’re looking forward to seeing old friends—you’re invited to the annual Cru dinner. Mike Alpern has organized a buffet … Continue reading
Friday! When the hardcore puzzle people come out to play. People who like Patrick Berry’s puzzles. Maybe even people who are into cryptic crosswords. Patrick loves to make cryptics, especially convoluted variety cryptics. But there is little market for variety … Continue reading
Check out Noah Veltman’s data-crunching using a database of NYT crossword entries from 1996-2012 and the Google Books Ngram tool. Right there at the top of the list of “crosswordiest” fill is ASEA. We may think it’s a super-common word … Continue reading
Patrick Blindauer’s new puzzle suite, Las Vegas Puzzlefest, was released Saturday. You’ve got two months to solve the set of 11 crosswords and tease out the meta answer lurking within. Hey, what else do you have going on in January? … Continue reading