Monday, February 27, 2023

Black Crossword: Mini by Juliana Pache. .pdf, online.
The Columbia Spectator: Daily Mini: 2/27/23 by Reena Gaber. .puz, .pdf, online.
Crosshare Community: Daily Mini and Featured Puzzles.
Cruciverbology: To Infinity And Beyond by Elise Corbin. .pdf, online.
The Daily Pennsylvanian: Mini by Matt Mahoney, Mira Sydow, Emily Chang, and Delaney Parks. .pdf, online.
The Daily Princetonian: What’s Up? (Mini) by Dylan Epstein-Gross. Online.
Jeff’s Puzzles: Mardi Grid by Jeff Linder. .puz, .pdf
Monday Fills: Typos by Dave Murchie. .puz, .pdf, online.
Olio Grids: Critical Point by Brian Callahan. .pdf, online.
Pandora’s Blocks: Initial Forecast (Meta) by Emma Oxford and Will Pfadenhauer. .puz, .pdf, online.
Real Puzzling Stuff: Bumper to Bumper by Ryan Patrick Smith. .pdf, online.
xwords by a ladee: puzzle 44 // themeless xxxi (“i’ll cry if i want to”) by Brooke Husic. .puz, .pdf, online.
YourPuzzleSource: Daily Puzzle (Midi) by Phil Fraas. .pdf, online.

Autostraddle: Autostraddle Mini — February 27, 2023 by Rachel Fabi. .pdf, online.
Crossword Club: Daily Crossword: February 27, 2023 by Kate Chin Park. .pdf, online.
Crucinova: UR 2 SWEET by Spencer Leach. .puz, .pdf, online.
The Hub Crossword: ($) Alas by Brendan Emmett Quigley. Patreon subscription.
Lil AVC X: ($) 3-Point Specialist by Nancy Serrano-Wu. Subscribe at link.
Planet Crossword: Nope Themeless by Trent Evans. Online.

The Atlantic Mini: by Paolo Pasco. .pdf, online.
Crosswords with Friends: Movie Monday by Jeff Chen. App Store | Google Play
Crosswords with Friends: Midi Puzzle by David Steinberg. App Store | Google Play
Crosswords with Friends: Mini Puzzle by Doug Peterson. App Store | Google Play
Daily Beast: I Guess That’s Final, Mon, Feb 27, 2023 by Matt Gaffney. .pdf, online.
Daily POP Crosswords: by Janice Luttrell. App Store | Google Playonline.
Los Angeles Times: by Rebecca Goldstein & Rachel Fabi. Online, pdf. Free Cruciverb account for .puz.
Los Angeles Times Mini: by Elizabeth Gorski. Online.
The Modern Crossword: Monday, February 27, 2023 by Erik Agard. Online, .pdf.
New York Magazine: Getting Possessive by Matt Gaffney. .pdf, online.
New York Sun: ($) Halliteration by Harvey Estes. Reissues from 2003.
New York Times: ($) by David Rockow. Online, .pdf, app.
New York Times Mini: by Joel Fagliano. Online, app.
The New Yorker: The Crossword: Monday, February 27, 2023 by Natan Last. .pdf, online.
Newsday: Unreal by Doug Peterson. Online, .pdfbackup online.
The Telegraph: Cross Atlantic by James Brydon. Online.
Universal: You’re Unbelievable! by Taylor Johnson and Matthew Stock. Online, pdf. .puz.
USA Today: Fish Heads by Anna Gundlach. Online, .pdf, app.
Vox: by Patrick Blindauer. .pdf, online.
The Wall Street Journal: Readout by May Huang & Kevin Trickey. 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 3, Episode 9 (Meta): Mix-Up by Grant Fikes .pdf
The Crossword Centre: Crossword Centre Prize Puzzle March 2023: High Bar by Hawk .pdf
Good Clues For People Who Love Bad Clues: Oh No-meration (Half-Variety Cryptic) by Frisco17. .puz, .pdf, online.
Redhead64: PUZZLE #428: Eat Your Words 8 .pdf.
Steve’s Cryptic Crosswords: Puzzle 309 by Steve Townsend. Online.

Financial Times: FT Crossword: Number 17,344 by Steerpike. .pdf.
The Globe and Mail: The Daily Cryptic Crossword. .pdf, online.
The Guardian: Cryptic crossword No 29,004 by Vulcan. .pdf, online.
The Hindu Cryptic: 13799 by Hypatia. .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

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Black Crossword: Mini by Juliana Pache. .pdf, online.
Crosshare Community: Daily Mini and Featured Puzzles.
Crossword Radio: That was a stupid idea by Probably Apocryphal. Online.
Cruciverbology: Looking forward to the next Dune movie? by Elise Corbin. .pdf, online.
Fordham Observer: Crossword: How You Like Them Apples? by Irene Hao. .pdf, online.
Fordham Observer: Sunday, January 29 (Mini) by Irene Hao. .pdf, online.
Grid Therapy: Free Association 77 by Trent H. Evans. .puz, .pdf, online.
M & M Crosswords: Skeleton Station by Martina Waluk. .pdf, online.
Olio Grids: Stylish Simian by Brian Callahan. .pdf, online.
Pandora’s Blocks: Happy Birthday! (Meta) by Emma Oxford and Will Pfadenhauer. .puz, .pdf, online.
Real Puzzling Stuff: An Opinionated Puzzle by Ryan Patrick Smith. .pdf, online.
Rossword Puzzles: Wax Dummy by Ross Trudeau. .puz, .pdf, online.
YourPuzzleSource: Daily Puzzle (Midi) by Phil Fraas. .pdf, online.
YourPuzzleSource: Weekly 15×15 by Phil Fraas. .pdf, online.

Crossword Club: Daily Crossword: January 29, 2023 by Will Nediger. .pdf, online.
Grids for Kids: Growth Chart by Matt Forest and Sally Hoelscher. Online.
The Hub Crossword: ($) Wean Selections by Brendan Emmett Quigley. Patreon subscription.
Premier Crosswordby Frank Longo. .pdf, online.
Sporcle: There’s a Band in There! by bhenderson79. Online.

The Atlantic: by Scott Hogan and Christina Iverson. .pdf, online.
Barrons: Money Talks by Jeff Chen. .pdf, online.
Crosswords with Friends: Sunday Funday by Trip Payne. App Store | Google Play
Crosswords with Friends: Midi Puzzle by Jeff Chen. App Store | Google Play
Crosswords with Friends: Mini Puzzle by Stan Newman. App Store | Google Play
Daily Beast: Cater to Your Audience, Sun, Jan 29, 2023 by Matt Gaffney. .pdf, online.
Daily POP Crosswords: by Janice Luttrell. App Store | Google Playonline.
Los Angeles Times: Opposite Day by Brian Thomas and Brooke Husic. Online, pdf. Free Cruciverb account for .puz.
Los Angeles Times Mini: by Elizabeth Gorski. Online.
Merl Reagle Archives: January 29, 2023 – In a Perfect World by Merl Reagle. Online, .pdf.
The Modern Crossword: Themeless 7 by Nate Cardin. Online, .pdf.
New York Sun: ($) Formal Females by Diane Epperson. Reissues from 2003.
New York Times: ($) The Final Frontier by Rich Katz. Online, .pdf, app.
New York Times Mini: by Joel Fagliano. Online, app.
Newsday: KEEP IT SHORT: Vowel-Wise by Mark McClain. Online, .pdfbackup online.
The Telegraph: Cross Atlantic by Steve Bartlett. Online.
Universal: Themeless Sunday 25 by Rafael Musa. Online, pdf. .puz.
Universal Sunday: The Little Things by Stella Zawistowski. .puz.
USA Today: Break Even by Zhouqin Burnikel. Online, .pdf, app.
Washington Post: Freezer Packs by Evan Birnholz. Online, .pdf. .puz.

Beneath The Surface: Beneath The Surface Cryptic #15 by Kyle Dolan. Online, .pdf, .puz.
The Browser: ($) Cryptic #108 by Steve Mossberg. Subscribe at link.
Tales From The Cryptic: Naked Swimmer – 7×7 🌓 by Bob Weisz. .pdf, online.

Everyman Cryptic: Everyman crossword No 3,98 .pdf, online.
Financial Times: FT News Puzzle: January by Julius. .pdf.
The Globe and Mail: The Daily Cryptic Crossword. .pdf, online.
The Independent: Cryptic Crossword by Skinny. .pdf, online.
New York Times Variety: ($) A Little Variety by Frank Longo, Patrick Berry, Prasanna Seshadri. .pdf, online.
The New Yorker Cryptic: Cryptic by Patrick Berry. .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, January 25, 2023

Black Crossword: Mini by Juliana Pache. .pdf, online.
Club 72: Freestyle 781 by Tim Croce. .puz, .pdf.
Crosshare Community: Daily Mini and Featured Puzzles.
Fordham Observer: Wednesday, January 25 (Mini) by Irene Hao. .pdf, online.
MEOW: Size Matters (Meta) by DrTom. .puz, .pdf, online.
Olio Grids: Waiting by Brian Callahan. .pdf, online.
Tough As Nails: Tough as Nails Themeless #80 by Stella Zawistowski. .puz, .pdf
YourPuzzleSource: Daily Puzzle (Midi) by Phil Fraas. .pdf, online.

Autostraddle: Autostraddle Mini — January 25, 2023 by Brooke Husic. .pdf, online.
AVCX: ($) Foreign Interventions by David Karp. Subscribe at link.
Crossword Club: Daily Crossword: January 25, 2023 by Erica Hsiung Wojcik. .pdf, online.
Luckystreak+: ($) puzzle #112: uncomf (themeless) by Ada Nicolle. Subscribe at link.
Planet Crossword: Slide Right In by Taylor Johnson. Online.

The Atlantic Mini: by Paolo Pasco. .pdf, online.
The Crosswords Club: ($) CD Changers: The switch is on. by Chloe Fisher. Subscribe at link.
Crosswords with Friends: Wayback Wednesday by Stella Zawistowski. App Store | Google Play
Crosswords with Friends: Midi Puzzle by Patrick Berry. App Store | Google Play
Crosswords with Friends: Mini Puzzle by Stan Newman. App Store | Google Play
Daily Beast: That’s My Song, Wed, Jan 25, 2023 by Matt Gaffney. .pdf, online.
Daily POP Crosswords: by Janice Luttrell. App Store | Google Playonline.
Los Angeles Times: by Emma Lawson. Online, pdf. Free Cruciverb account for .puz.
Los Angeles Times Mini: by Elizabeth Gorski. Online.
McKinsey: It’s a Formality by Peter Gordon. .pdf, online.
The Modern Crossword: Wednesday, January 25, 2023 by Erik Agard. Online, .pdf.
New York Sun: ($) It Figures by Bruce Venzke and Stella Zawistowski. Reissues from 2003.
New York Times: ($) by Nancy Serrano-Wu. Online, .pdf, app.
New York Times Mini: by Joel Fagliano. Online, app.
The New Yorker: The Crossword: Wednesday, January 25, 2023 by Patrick Berry. .pdf, online.
Newsday: All the Hits by Steve Faiella. Online, .pdfbackup online.
The Telegraph: Cross Atlantic by Ray Terrell. Online.
Universal: Too Much of a Good Thing by Emma Oxford and Will Pfadenhauer. Online, pdf. .puz.
USA Today: Cooking Vessels by Zhouqin Burnikel. Online, .pdf, app.
Vox: by Adesina O. Koiki. .pdf, online.
Vulture 10×10: The Gemini Puzzle by Malaika Handa. .pdf, online.
The Wall Street Journal: Head Fakes by Gary Larson and Amy Ensz. Online, .pdf. .puz.
Washington Post Daily Mini Meta: by Andrew White & Pete Muller. Online, .pdf.

Ben’s Cryptic Crosswords: Sad Caprice by Ben Robinson Online.
Crossweird Puzzles: Cryptic One by Dob Olino. .puz, .pdf, online.
Good Clues For People Who Love Bad Clues: Another Cryptic Oh No by Frisco17. .puz, .pdf, online.
Some Variety: As Specified by Elgel online.

Financial Times: FT Crossword: Number 17,314 by Bradman. .pdf.
The Globe and Mail: The Daily Cryptic Crossword. .pdf, online.
The Guardian: Cryptic crossword No 28,976 by Imogen. .pdf, online.
The Independent: Cryptic Crossword by Eccles. .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

A jam-packed Crossworld News and Notes

Boswords 2023 Winter Wondersolve takes place February 5 beginning at 1:00pm ET. Registration opens January 21. We are excited about the event’s roster of constructors: Rebecca Goldstein, Damon Gulczynski, Enrique Henestroza Anguiano, and Joanne Sullivan.

Boswords has also released the roster for the 2023 Spring Themeless League, to take place in March and April: Ashton Anderson & James Mulhern, Kate Hawkins, Jenna LaFleur, Adrian Johnson, Hemant Mehta, Rafael Musa, Carly Schuna, Nancy Serrano-Wu, and one constructor to be chosen from an open submission process.

We’re looking forward to the smaller (and free!) second annual St. Louis Crossword Puzzle Tournament on March 4 with puzzles by Shannon Rapp and Patrick Blindauer.

The 45th Annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in Stamford, CT is March 31 – April 2. Registration and hotel reservations are open now.

We hear word of two charity packs coming soon for our solving pleasure. Grids For Kids is a pack of 25 family-friendly puzzles launching in February. Shortly to follow will be the third round of These Puzzles Fund Abortion in March.

Among the changes at Crucinova under new management is the addition of a free monthly midi by editor Quiara Vasquez. The first one, “Good Housekeeping” (which actually verges on full-sized) we found delightful. Quiara is eager to entertain new queries from constructors of all levels of experience. Submit your ideas by email.

Secret Snowflake is an indie project coordinated by Rose Sloan and David Glasser in which constructors were randomly matched with each other to create custom puzzles. Not all of the thirty puzzles were released publicly, but here are a some that were: Litter Boxes by Lyle Broughton, January Stumper by Ada Nicolle, Costume Party by jseakle, Season’s Greetings by Rose Sloan, A PUZZLE FOR @TlMBERWOLVES by Paolo Pasco , Secret Snowflake Themeless by Max, Secret Snowflake by Christopher Adams, and Santa Puzzle 2022 by Xylo. (If we missed any, please drop them in the comments!)

In books, “Will Must Send Regrets: 101 Rejected Crossword Puzzles and the Stories Behind Them” by Damon Gulczynski is a new take on puzzle books; the puzzles are all past submissions to the New York Times, rejected. With “constructor notes and loosely tangential anecdotes, the puzzles tell a humorous, two-decade tale of repeated but endearing failure.” I’ve already gotten a copy, and while I haven’t solved the puzzles, I’m already hoping this is the first of a genre in the crossword scene.

Have we mentioned Stella Zawistowski’s coming book? I thought we must have, but maybe not (apologies if we have!) Bearing the title of her themeless-focused blog, “Tough As Nails Crosswords” features 72 “extra-challenging” grids from Stella. Preorders are open now, for a release on 28 March – just in time for ACPT.

P&A Magazine Issue 98 titled “X” is out now.

Congratulations to Hoang-Kim Vu, who has joined the editing team at AVCX+.

Congratulations to Jeff Chen, who as joined the team at Andrews McMeel Universal and will be the editor of Universal Sunday Crossword. Along with this news, Universal has announced they are now accepting submissions with a wider range of features. As always, we recommend constructors consult Matthew Stock’s spec sheet sheet for the most up-to-date submission specifications.

Creating Crossword Puzzles” is a course taught by Brooke Husic and Natan Last in cooperation with Atlas Obscura. The next offering of the course begins March 28 with four weekly sessions over Zoom. The content is intended for very new constructors and those who are interested in how crosswords are made. Reduced price tickets are available. The last session’s co-constructed puzzle, “Marvel, Extended Universe” is solvable online.

Hayley Gold’s next monthly cryptic stream is set for 9pm eastern on Wed., Jan. 18th. Hayley, Will and Al will be joined by special guests from the cryptic outlet The Rackenfracker.

New York Times Associate puzzle editor and Wordle editor Tracy Bennett appeared on the TODAY show to discuss her work with Wordle.

We enjoyed reading “Yesterday and tomorrow in puzzles“, a 2022 round up in “Puzzle Buzz”, the newsletter from amuselabs. Some of our favorite outlets across the community, new and old, got nice callouts for their work.

We mentioned “Outside the Blocks: A Puzzle Podcast” from Emma Oxford and Will Pfadenhauer of Pandora’s Blocks Weekly Meta Crossword when they launched in 2022. The newest episode includes an interview with Mike Dirolf, aka “mike d” aka “The Crosshare Guy.” (Sneak peek: we get a definitive answer as to how “crosshare” is pronounced.)


And some updates from the inside: We are pleased to welcome Rich Iurilli to the DCL team! You can expect to see him contribute to some daily emails and News and Notes. We’ve also been continuing to add new features to the site: More Puzzles, a listing of sites that have been dormant long enough that we don’t keep an eye on them anymore but are still full of puzzling entertainment; the beginnings of a community calendar, and a bit About Us. We also want to hear from you – if you have an idea about something you’d like to see us offer or have feedback about any of our features, please let us know.

Friday, 25 November 2022

BEQ: On the Table by Brendan Emmett Quigley. .puz, .pdf, online.
Crosshare Community: Daily Mini and Featured Puzzles.
Crossword Dilemmas: nov 24 2022 by Emma Lawson and Evan Morien. .pdf, online.
Fordham Observer: Friday, November 25 (Mini) by Kreena Vora. .pdf, online.

Autostraddle: Autostraddle Mini — November 25, 2022 by Brooke Husic. .pdf, online.
AVCX+: ($) All-Star Lineup (themeless) by Adam Aaronson. Subscribe at link.
Crossword Club: Daily Crossword: November 25, 2022 by Kelsey Dixon. .pdf, online.
luckystreak xwords: ($) legacy edition (themeless) by Ada Nicolle. Patreon Subscription.
luckystreak xwords: ($) passing through (themeless) by Ada Nicolle. Patreon Subscription.
No-Feet McGee: ($) Black Friday (Mini) by No-Feet McGee. Subscribe at link.
Planet Crossword: Lose the Pattern by Stella Zawistowski. Online.

The Atlantic Mini: by Paolo Pasco. .pdf, online.
Crosswords with Friends: by Patrick Berry. App Store | Google Play
Daily POP Crosswords: by Beth Rubin. App Store | Google Playonline.
Los Angeles Times: by Emma Oxford. Online, pdf. Free Cruciverb account for .puz.
LA Times Mini: by Elizabeth Gorski. Online.
New York Sun: ($) NYC Triples by Joy M. Andrews. Reissues from 2003.
New York Times: ($) by Simon Marotte. Online, .pdf, app.
New York Times Mini: by Everdeen Mason. Online, app.
The New Yorker: The Holiday Crossword: Friday, November 25, 2022. by Patrick Berry. .pdf, online.
Newsday: Down for the Count by Billie Truitt. Online, .pdfbackup online.
Universal: That’s a Stretch by Paul Coulter. Online, pdf. .puz.
USA Today: Two Tight by Erik Agard. Online, .pdf, app.
Vox: by Andrew J. Ries. .pdf, online.
The Wall Street Journal: Showtime by Mike Shenk. Online, .pdf. .puz.
Washington Post Daily Mini Meta: by Andrew White & Pete Muller. Online, .pdf.
The Week: And The Oscar Goes To… by Matt Gaffney. .pdf.

Crossword Nexus Blog: Iso Play (Kaidoku) by Alex Boisvert .jpz, .pdf, online.
Out Of Left Field: ($) Cryptic #139 by Joshua Kosman & Henri Picciotto. Patreon subscription.

Financial Times: FT Weekend Magazine Crossword Number 616 by Aldhelm. .pdf.
Financial Times: FT Crossword: Number 17,261 by Slormgorm. .pdf.
The Globe and Mail: The Daily Cryptic Crossword. .pdf, online.
The Guardian: Cryptic crossword No 28,924 by Philistine. .pdf, online.
The Independent: Cryptic Crossword by Phi. .pdf, online.
Time of London: Times Quick Cryptic No 2273 by Beck. .pdf.

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, October 2022

This is the first News & Notes since we left Substack entirely. We’ve made every effort to preserve the lists of folks who opted out of the daily emails while still receiving News & Notes, and vice versa, and appreciate your patience if you receive this in error – an unsubscribe link is at the bottom and will not affect the daily links distribution.


The Boswords Fall Themeless League is on! The puzzles and Twitch streams from September 26 and October 3 are available now. Late registrations are accepted; sign up here.

Cruciverbology is a new blog by constructor Elise Corbin. Elise has published with The Inkubator and Fireball Crosswords and made the only puzzle for FiveThirtyEight to date following a memorable indie debut just over two years ago — seriously, solve “Election Tampering” ASAP if it’s new to you. She calls her blog “Crosswords with a nerdy twist,” and the three puzzles available so far fit that description perfectly. We look forward to what more she will bring to the indie space.

Emma Oxford and Will Pfadenhauer of Pandora’s Blocks weekly meta crossword have started a podcast, “Outside the Blocks: A Puzzle Podcast.” In the first episode, released September 18, they review and explain a handful of meta puzzles from a variety of sources. They promise interviews with meta constructors in the future.

We’ve been listing weekly puzzles from Morning Brew for a bit now, but only recently caught up to their expanded offerings. Mary Tobler now oversees four puzzles a week: a Tuesday mini, a “more experimental” Thursday midi, the (typically) 15x you’ve seen us link for a bit, and a current events-minded Sunday 10x. Having passed 4 million subscribers earlier this year, Morning Brew creates puzzles for a wide range of solvers, and this new lineup is their latest initiative to encourage readers and puzzle fans, from daily devotees to first-timers, to engage with crosswords through innovative, fun formats. Mary talks more about her work in puzzles in the Morning Brew piece, “How puzzle master Mary Tobler makes a living playing games.”

A new puzzle is available at Planet Crossword, edited by Stella Zawistowski and Brooke Husic. A robust “About Us” section can be found here, but a particular highlight of this new outlet is that it uses software designed specifically for collaborative solving–on Zoom calls, on streams, or otherwise–filling the grid from correct answers typed into a chat. New puzzles are published each weekday at noon.

Writing for the Washington Post, Evan Birnholz published an interview with Jim Quinlan, crossword constructor and commenter, who recently retired from reviewing Evan’s puzzles at Diary of a Crossword Fiend after five years.

For cryptic fans, we learned recently of the Global Indian Crossword league 2022, an online worldwide cryptic crossword tournament, thanks to a news blurb about Erik Agard and Neville Fogarty’s places on the leaderboard. An in-person finale is scheduled for December 25 in Bangalore. Anyone is welcome to join and late registrations are accepted. Sign up here.

The New York Times Gameplay team has a new series called “Mini to Maestro,” in which they promise “Everyone can solve the New York Times Crossword.” Using progressively more difficult puzzles as examples and explaining solving strategies to use for each day of the week, they help teach solvers how to improve their skills. Each piece lists un-paywalled NYT crosswords chosen by members of the Gameplay team to practice the techniques explained.


Congratulations to Kate Chin Park, who has joined The New Yorker puzzles and games team as Assistant Editor. We’re big fans of her work at her own site, Crossword Club, and elsewhere, and excited to see what she brings to the TNY team.

Lil AVC X is seeking constructors and expert solvers who are interested in being first-time editors to join the team for 2023. Applications due October 21. Details here.

Since the last News & Notes, Helen Chen (9/22), David Karp (9/30), Sarah Sinclair (10/2), Jason Reich (10/5), and Ailee Yoshida made their NYT debuts; and Li Ding (9/19), Kavin Pawittranon (9/26), and Nijah Morris (9/26) made their USAT debuts! Congrats to everyone! Sarah has designed knitting patterns based on Wordle, the Spelling Bee, and the NYT Crossword. Helen’s puzzle is the second and Ailee’s the third to be published from the NYT Diverse Crossword Constructor Fellowship inaugural class, and Ailee is the youngest woman to have a crossword published in the New York Times.

Creating Crossword Puzzles” is a course taught by Brooke Husic and Natan Last in cooperation with Atlas Obscura. The second offering of the course begins October 11 (tonight!) with four weekly sessions over Zoom. The content is intended for very new constructors and those who are interested in how crosswords are made. Reduced price tickets are available.

In “How I Crossed Crosswords,” David Ding details his journey in writing a crossword puzzle, culminating with the publication of the September 27 Universal puzzle with Ross Trudeau. Aspiring constructors might appreciate the behind-the-scenes perspective of developing a puzzle with editors and working through the process with an experienced mentor.

Amuse Labs hosts a free monthly webinar for constructors. This month, they will discuss PuzzleMe features for creating and solving puzzles with a live Q&A session with developers. The webinar is scheduled for October 20 at 11am ET. Sign up here.


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