Monday, October 24, 2022

Crosshare Community: Daily Mini and Featured Puzzles.
Crosstalk Puzzles: Positive Outlook by Nick McGuire. .pdf, online.
Monday Fills: Self-Addressed by Dave Murchie. .puz, .pdf, online.
QVXwordz: Five by Five #14 by Quiara Vasquez. .puz, .pdf, online.

Crossword Club: Daily Crossword: October 24, 2022 by Kelsey Dixon. .pdf, online.
Lil AVC X: ($) All Kidding Aside by Adrian Johnson. Subscribe at link.
The Malibu Times Magazine: How Well Do You Know Malibu? by Eric Dick. .pdf
Planet Crossword: Aussie Themeless by Andrew Ries. Online.

The Atlantic Mini: by Paolo Pasco. .pdf, online.
Crosswords with Friends: by Lynn Lempel. App Store | Google Play
Daily Beast: Everything Is Illuminated by Matt Gaffney. .pdf, online.
Daily POP Crosswords: by Beth Rubin. App Store | Google Playonline.
Los Angeles Times: by Kyle Dolan. Online, pdf. Free Cruciverb account for .puz.
LA Times Mini: by Elizabeth Gorski. Online.
New York Magazine: Must Be 21 to Play by Matt Gaffney. .pdf, online.
New York Sun: ($) Silent E’s by Paula Gamache. Reissues from 2003.
New York Times: ($) by Joe Rodini. Online, .pdf, app.
New York Times Mini: by Sam Ezersky. Online, app.
The New Yorker: The Crossword by Will Nediger. .pdf, online.
Newsday: Devices With Dials by Doug Peterson. Online, .pdfbackup online.
Universal: Enough Talk! by Howard Barkin. Online, pdf. .puz.
USA Today: Fruitful Start by Bonnie Eisenman. Online, .pdf, app.
Vox: by Patrick Blindauer. .pdf, online.
The Wall Street Journal: Back to the Office by Lynn Lempel. Online, .pdf. .puz.
Washington Post Daily Mini Meta: by Andrew White & Pete Muller. Online, .pdf.

A Cleverly-Titled Logic Puzzle Blog: The Art of the Matter by Grant Fikes .pdf
Redhead64: Chain Reaction: Extra Links 10 .pdf.
Steve’s Cryptic Crosswords: Puzzle 291 by Steve Townsend. Online.

Financial Times: FT Crossword: Number 17,233 by PETO. .pdf.
The Globe and Mail: The Daily Cryptic Crossword. .pdf, online.
The Guardian: Cryptic crossword No 28,896 by Vulcan. .pdf, online.
The Independent: Cryptic Crossword by Bluth. .pdf, online.

Other American-style crosswords:

Reviews and Discussion at Diary of a Crossword Fiend | Boatload Puzzles/AARP | Crosshare | CrosswordsBackwards | Cruciverbalista (en español) | Dictionaries6 | Easy Crossword | FreeDailyCrosswords | GameLab | Hard Crossword | r/crossword | Squares.io | YourPuzzleSource | XWord-Muggles Meta Calendar

Other Cryptic/Variety crosswords:

A Frame Games | cf.kmbweb.de Links Library | Harper’s ($) | Lovatts | Magpie ($) | Mokelfish Links Library | MyCrossword | NPL | Panda Magazine ($) | Private Eye | PuzzleCrypt archives | Puzzling StackExchange | r/crosswords | Split Decisions | Sydney Morning Herald ($) | The Telegraph | The Times (UK) ($), includes The Listener

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Club 72: Freestyle 747 by Tim Croce. .puz, .pdf.
Crosshare Community: Daily Mini and Featured Puzzles.
The Daily Princetonian: Back to Work by Cole Vandenberg. Online.
MEOW: She Sells Sea Shells (Meta) by Joshua Rubin. .puz, .pdf, online.
Tough As Nails: Themeless #72 by Stella Zawistowski. .puz, .pdf

AVCX: ($) Swear Words by Aimee Lucido. Subscribe at link.
Crossword Club: Daily Crossword: September 21, 2022 by Kelsey Dixon. .pdf, online.
Luckystreak+: ($) on september (themeless) by Ada Nicolle. Subscribe at link.
No-Feet McGee: ($) Mini Monday #28 by No-Feet McGee. Subscribe at link.

The Atlantic Mini: by Paolo Pasco. .pdf, online.
Crosswords with Friends: by Patrick Berry. App Store | Google Play
Daily Beast: The End of an Era by Matt Gaffney. .pdf, online.
Daily POP Crosswords: by Janice Luttrell. App Store | Google Play, online.
Los Angeles Times: by Bonnie Eisenman. Online, pdf. Free Cruciverb account for .puz.
LA Times Mini: by Elizabeth Gorski. Online.
McKinsey: Sidelight by Peter Gordon. .pdf, online.
New York Sun: ($) Humble Homes by Norma Johnson. Reissues from 2002.
New York Times: ($) by Matthew Stock. Online, .pdf, .puz, app.
New York Times Mini: by Joel Fagliano. Online, app.
The New Yorker: The Crossword by Patrick Berry. .pdf, online.
Newsday: Making Waves by Steve Faiella. Online, .pdf, backup online.
Universal: Double Deutsch by Lee Taylor. Online, pdf. .puz.
USA Today: Do You Remember? by Erik Agard. Online, .pdf, app.
Vox: by Adesina O. Koiki. .pdf, online.
Vulture 10×10: The Warrior Puzzle by Malaika Handa. .pdf, online.
The Wall Street Journal: Business Liquidity by Geoff Brown. Online, .pdf. .puz.
Washington Post Daily Mini Meta: by Andrew White & Pete Muller. Online, .pdf.

Ben’s Cryptic Crosswords: Illuminating TV by Ben Robinson Online.
No-Feet McGee: ($) Spiral Puzzle #7 by No-Feet McGee. Subscribe at link.
Team Crazy Cryptics: Lawn Defence by teamcrazymatt. Online.

Financial Times: FT Crossword: Number 17,205 by IO. .pdf.
The Globe and Mail: The Daily Cryptic Crossword. .pdf, online.
The Guardian: Cryptic crossword No 28,868 by Pangakupu. .pdf, online.
The Independent: Cryptic Crossword by Tees. .pdf, online.

Other American-style crosswords:

Reviews and Discussion at Diary of a Crossword Fiend | Boatload Puzzles/AARP | Crosshare | CrosswordsBackwards | Cruciverbalista (en español) | Dictionaries6 | Easy Crossword | FreeDailyCrosswords | GameLab | Hard Crossword | r/crossword | Squares.io | YourPuzzleSource | XWord-Muggles Meta Calendar

Other Cryptic/Variety crosswords:

A Frame Games | cf.kmbweb.de Links Library | Harper’s ($) | Lovatts | Magpie ($) | Mokelfish Links Library | MyCrossword | NPL | Panda Magazine ($) | Private Eye | PuzzleCrypt archives | Puzzling StackExchange | r/crosswords | Split Decisions | Sydney Morning Herald ($) | The Telegraph | The Times (UK) ($), includes The Listener

Crossworld News and Notes, September 2022

Don’t forget, we’re moving! For now we are still simulcasting via Substack and WordPress, but we will soon transition to only WordPress. Make sure you’re subscribed to the new site:

And we’re growing! We’ve added pages for Construction Resources and our entire list of puzzle sources. We also want to hear from you – is there a feature you want to see? Have an idea to pitch, a guest essay to submit, or a tip about some exciting puzzle news? Something else? Let us know!

We’re very happy to share our first essay, “On Trust,” by Will Eisenberg, exploring the relationship between a constructor and solver. A snippet: “A puzzlemaker can strive to evoke many things: happiness, nostalgia, the feeling of being ‘seen,’ the joy of an “aha!” moment, and even frustration. But the ability to evoke these emotions from the solver is built upon a base of trust. This is because a puzzle offers the solver one fundamental proposition: It is going to take you some time to work out the solution, but it will be worth it.”

We’re excited to add a home for guest essays here on our new site, and will build out public submission guidelines in time.


Congratulations to Kelsey Dixon, whose puzzle was chosen from an open call to round out the Boswords Fall Themeless League. She joins Derek Allen, Kate Chin Park & Chandi Deitmer, Malaika Handa, Natan Last, Barbara Lin, Portia Lundie, Brendan Emmett Quigley, and Brad Wilber. What a fantastic lineup! Registration is open now, and the League starts with the preseason puzzle on September 26.

New to Boswords? Check out the introductory video from organizer John Lieb:

Registration is open now for The Tenth Annual Finger Lakes Crossword Competition on September 24. After a Zoom-based kick off event moderated by Anna Shechtman, the puzzles are presented in a laid-back, self-timed, all-pdf format. The event is open to individuals and teams of up to four people with three levels of difficulty. The fee is pay-what-you-want and proceeds support adult literacy programs in the Finger Lakes area.

Final reminder that the Lollapuzzoola 15 puzzles are available for purchase through September 24. There’s so much good content here; get it while you still can!


My Jewish Learning, a site with resources to empower Jewish discovery for anyone interested in learning more, has launched a weekly Jewish themed mini crossword puzzle written by Rebecca Goldstein. They will also run larger Jewish holiday-themed puzzles throughout the year.

The first edition of Lemonade Disco has arrived! The theme of the 5-puzzle pack hosted on Taylor Made Crosswords is “Cocktail Mixer” and includes puzzles by Matt Forest, Emma Getman, George Ho, Seth Bisen-Hersh, and Glenn Cook. Puzzles are curated and edited by Taylor Johnson with help on this edition from guest editor Steve Mossberg. Constructors of any experience level may participate. Submissions for the third edition, “Rising Signs” are due on October 17. Submissions details here.

Crucinova has announced it will be drawing to a close by June 2023. We’ve enjoyed many of the innovative puzzles that Crucinova has made possible and we thank Lisa Bunker and all of the constructors for their work.


A hearty welcome back to Cursewords Live! After an extended summer hiatus, Parker Higgins and Ross Trudeau will be live solving and live creating puzzles once more starting tonight (September 18) at 8pm eastern.


AVCX Cryptics has re-opened for submissions during the month of September. Details here.

The Inkubator is open for submissions for the month of September for themed puzzles from women and nonbinary constructors. Details here.

Congratulations to Katie Hale, who has joined the L.A. Times team as Assistant Editor.


Since the last News & Notes, Adam Simpson (9/5) and Ekua Ewool (9/7) made their NYT debuts and Bonnie Eisenman (9/12) made her USAT debut! Congrats to everyone!


Hayley Gold, along with Will Nediger and Al Sanders, have issued a contest to write a full set of new cryptic clues for the grid “Un-American” by Stephen Sondheim. The filled grid is here and the original puzzle and clues are here. Submit contest entries to Hayley via Twitter dm. Hayley, Will, and Al are co-streaming cryptics on Will’s Twitch channel; next streams are October 6 and October 21 at 9pm eastern.

Hayley also wrote a in-depth rundown of Lollapuzzoola 15 for Beyond Wordplay and she was a guest on the podcast “Because Language” to discuss the state and history of cryptic crosswords and crossworld in general.


Champion speed solver Stella Zawistowski recently appeared on the YouTube show “Game On,” in which she raced viewers to solve a series of crosswords.


Thanks in preparing this issue to: Kate Chin Park, Hayley Gold, Rebecca Goldstein, and Taylor Johnson.

Have a news tip for us? An idea to pitch? A puzzle or puzzle site to share? Let us know!

Monday, September 12, 2022

“Waaay better than a repository.” – Fill Me In

Bewilderingly: The Long Voyage Home by Will Nediger. .puz, .pdf, online.
Crosshare Community: Daily Mini and Featured Puzzles.
Cruciverbology: Entangled by Elise Corbin. .pdf.
The Daily Princetonian: Summertime by Madeleine LeBeau. Online.
Jeff’s Puzzles: Celebrating Democracy by Jeff Linder. .puz, .pdf
Monday Fills: Home Decor by Dave Murchie. .puz, .pdf, online.
Taylor Made Crosswords: Ohhhh, Zesty! by Taylor Johnson. Online.

A-to-Z Crosswords: ($) Puzzle #85 by Peter Gordon & Frank Longo. Subscribe at link.
Crossword Club: Daily Crossword: September 12, 2022 by Kelsey Dixon. .pdf, online.
Lil AVC X: ($) SomeBODY by Kelsey Dixon. Subscribe at link.

The Atlantic Mini: by Paolo Pasco. .pdf, online.
Crosswords with Friends: by Zhouqin Burnikel. App Store | Google Play
Daily Beast: Expanding Space by Matt Gaffney. .pdf, online.
Daily POP Crosswords: by Christina Iverson. App Store | Google Play, online.
Los Angeles Times: by Kelly Clark. Online, pdf. Free Cruciverb account for .puz.
LA Times Mini: by Elizabeth Gorski. Online.
New York Magazine: We Get Letters by Matt Gaffney. .pdf, online.
New York Sun: ($) Ouch! by Ed Early. Reissues from 2002.
New York Times: ($) by Michael Lieberman. Online, .pdf, .puz, app.
New York Times Mini: by Joel Fagliano. Online, app.
The New Yorker: The Crossword by Kameron Austin Collins. .pdf, online.
Newsday: Close to U by Stan Newman. Online, .pdf, backup online.
Universal: Fresh-Cut Flowers by Emma Lawson. Online, pdf. .puz.
USA Today: First Aid by Bonnie Eisenman & Brooke Husic. Online, .pdf, app.
Vox: by Patrick Blindauer. .pdf, online.
The Wall Street Journal: Up in the Air by Alexander Liebeskind. Online, .pdf. .puz.
Washington Post Daily Mini Meta: by Andrew White & Pete Muller. Online, .pdf.

A Cleverly-Titled Logic Puzzle Blog: Kevin’s Puzzles at Home Season 2, Episode 2: Spot the Difference by Grant Fikes .pdf
Go Away I’m Sleeping: Tidbits #5: A Bit of Printer’s Devilry by GAIS. Online, .pdf.
Redhead64: PUZZLE #404: Coined Phrases 6 .pdf.
Steve’s Cryptic Crosswords: Puzzle 285 by Steve Townsend. Online.
Team Crazy Cryptics: Puzzle No. 67: DDR by teamcrazymatt. Online.

Financial Times: FT Crossword: Number 17,197 by SLORMGORM. .pdf.
The Globe and Mail: The Daily Cryptic Crossword. .pdf, online.
The Guardian: Cryptic crossword No 28,860 by Vulcan. .pdf, online.
The Independent: Cryptic Crossword by Filbert. .pdf, online.

Other American-style crosswords:

Reviews and Discussion at Diary of a Crossword Fiend | Boatload Puzzles/AARP | Crosshare | CrosswordsBackwards | Cruciverbalista (en español) | Dictionaries6 | Easy Crossword | FreeDailyCrosswords | GameLab | Hard Crossword | r/crossword | Squares.io | YourPuzzleSource | XWord-Muggles Meta Calendar

Other Cryptic/Variety crosswords:

A Frame Games | cf.kmbweb.de Links Library | Harper’s ($) | Lovatts | Magpie ($) | Mokelfish Links Library | MyCrossword | NPL | Panda Magazine ($) | Private Eye | PuzzleCrypt archives | Puzzling StackExchange | r/crosswords | Split Decisions | Sydney Morning Herald ($) | The Telegraph | The Times (UK) ($), includes The Listener