Wednesday, November 23, 2022

A Crossword Rose: The Ticking Clocks by Rose Sloan. .puz, online.
Club 72: Freestyle 765 by Tim Croce. .puz, .pdf.
Crosshare Community: Daily Mini and Featured Puzzles.
Crossword Dilemmas: nov 22 2022 by Emma Lawson. .pdf, online.
The Daily Princetonian: Turkey Day by Claire Kaneshiro and Harit Raghunathan. Online.
Fordham Observer: Wednesday, November 23 (Mini) by Kreena Vora. .pdf, online.
Xylo’s Puzzles: Wee-nsday #9 by Xylo. Online.

Aries Puzzles: ($) Aries Freestyle #5.47 by Andrew J. Ries. Subscribe at link.
Autostraddle: Autostraddle Mini — November 23, 2022 by Rachel Fabi. .pdf, online.
AVCX: ($) Flipping Records by Paolo Pasco. Subscribe at link.
Crossword Club: Daily Crossword: November 23, 2022 by Quiara Vasquez. .pdf, online.
LPE Project: LPE Blog Anniversary Crossword by Natan Last. .pdf, online.
Planet Crossword: Groupthink by Zhouqin Burnikel. Online.

The Atlantic Mini: by Paolo Pasco. .pdf, online.
Crosswords with Friends: by David Steinberg. App Store | Google Play
Daily Beast: The Kid Stays in the Picture, Wed, Nov 23, 2022 by Matt Gaffney. .pdf, online.
Daily POP Crosswords: by Beth Rubin. App Store | Google Playonline.
Los Angeles Times: by Lance Enfinger & Jeff Chen. Online, pdf. Free Cruciverb account for .puz.
LA Times Mini: by Elizabeth Gorski. Online.
McKinsey: Cued Up by Peter Gordon. .pdf, online.
New York Sun: ($) Themeless by Bill Weber. Reissues from 2003.
New York Times: ($) by Erica Hsiung Wojcik and Matthew Stock. Online, .pdf, app.
New York Times Mini: by Joel Fagliano. Online, app.
The New Yorker: The Crossword: Wednesday, November 23, 2022 by Aimee Lucido. .pdf, online.
Newsday: Inside Jobs by Bruce Venzke. Online, .pdfbackup online.
The Telegraph: Cross Atlantic No. 3 by James Brydon. Online.
Universal: Making a Name for Oneself by Leslie Young and Kevin Christian. Online, pdf. .puz.
USA Today: Hard-Headed by Rebecca Goldstein. Online, .pdf, app.
Vox: by Adesina O. Koiki. .pdf, online.
Vulture 10×10: The Sondheim Puzzle by Stella Zawistowski. .pdf, online.
The Wall Street Journal: Thanksgiving Spread by Mike Shenk. Online, .pdf. .puz.
Washington Post Daily Mini Meta: by Andrew White & Pete Muller. Online, .pdf.

Ben’s Cryptic Crosswords: Regular Bits by Ben Robinson Online.

Financial Times: FT Crossword: Number 17,259 by GUY. .pdf.
The Globe and Mail: The Daily Cryptic Crossword. .pdf, online.
The Guardian: Cryptic crossword No 28,922 by Paul. .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

Tuesday, 22 November 2022

Aaronson.org: Dirty Money by Adam Aaronson. .puz, .pdf, online.
BEQ: Themeless Monday #698 by Brendan Emmett Quigley. .puz, .pdf, online.
Brian Gubin: Themeless #24 by Brian Gubin. .puz, .pdf.
Crosshare Community: Daily Mini and Featured Puzzles.
Crossword Dilemmas: nov 21 2022 by Emma Lawson. .pdf, online.
Fordham Observer: Crossword: Turkey Time by Kreena Vora. .pdf, online.
Fordham Observer: Monday November 21 (Mini) by Kreena Vora. .pdf, online.
Haymarket’s Squares: Menace #20 by ariel haymarket. .puz, .pdf, online.
LuterCross: Nobody Does It Better by Matthew Luter. .pdf, .puz, online.
Metas On A Tuesday: Equivocation (Meta) by benchen71. .puz, .pdf, online.
Muggle Meta Mondays: Everybody Get Together! (Meta) by Al Sisti. .puz, .pdf.

Boswords Fall Themeless League: ($) Puzzle #8 by Brendan Emmett Quigley. Competitors have all week to complete the puzzle. Late registrants welcome.
Crossword Club: Daily Crossword: November 22, 2022 by Kelsey Dixon. .pdf, online.
Crossword Nation: ($) Taking Sides on Thanksgiving by Elizabeth C. Gorski. Subscribe at link.
Lil AVC X: ($) Spice Boys by Ryan McCarty. Subscribe at link.
Morning Brew: Brew Mini: Side Dish by Mary Tobler .pdf, online.
No-Feet McGee: ($) A Square Deal (Mini) by No-Feet McGee. Subscribe at link.
Planet Crossword: Enticing Themeless by Zhouqin Burnikel. Online.

The Atlantic Mini: by Paolo Pasco. .pdf, online.
The Crosswords Club: ($) Sinking Feeling by Taylor Johnson. Subscribe at link.
Crosswords with Friends: by Doug Peterson. App Store | Google Play
Daily Beast: I’d Like to Prank the Academy, Tue, Nov 22, 2022 by Matt Gaffney. .pdf, online.
Daily POP Crosswords: by Patti Varol. App Store | Google Playonline.
Los Angeles Times: by Susy Christiansen & Doug Peterson. Online, pdf. Free Cruciverb account for .puz.
LA Times Mini: by Elizabeth Gorski. Online.
New York Sun: ($) Magnum PI by Paula Gamache. Reissues from 2003.
New York Times: ($) by Wendy L. Brandes. Online, .pdf, app.
New York Times Mini: by Wyna Liu. Online, app.
The New Yorker: The Crossword: Tuesday, November 22, 2022 by Natan Last. .pdf, online.
Newsday: Famous Foes by Stan Newman. Online, .pdfbackup online.
Universal: Look Sharp by Jeffrey Wechsler. Online, pdf. .puz.
USA Today: Final Question by Rafael Musa. Online, .pdf, app.
Vox: by Juliana Tringali Golden. .pdf, online.
Vulture 10×10: The FIFA Puzzle by Malaika Handa. .pdf, online.
The Wall Street Journal: Land Development by Sam Koperwas & Jeff Chen. Online, .pdf. .puz.
Washington Post Daily Mini Meta: by Andrew White & Pete Muller. Online, .pdf.

Aries Puzzles: ($) Rows Garden #9.47 by Andrew J. Ries. Subscribe at link.
BEQ Marching Bands: ($) BEQ MARCHING BANDS YEAR 8, #16 by Brendan Emmett Quigley. Subscribe at link.
Darren’s Puzzles: Cryptic 2022-11 by Darren Miller. Online, .pdf.
Garden Party: ($) Rows Garden #5.47 by Michael Blake. Subscribe at link.
Josh Solves: Puzzle #12: Cryptic Themeless #1 by JoshSolves. .pdf, online.
Juff’s Cryptic Crosswords: Bad Idea 3: #302 by juff. .pdf, online, .ipuz.
Keynesian Cryptics: Keep Score by Jack H Keynes. .pdf, online.
Outside The Box: ($) Double or Nothing by joon pahk. Subscribe at link.
Outside The Box: ($) Rows Garden #8.12 by joon pahk. Subscribe at link.

Financial Times: FT Crossword: Number 17,258 by Rosa Klebb. .pdf.
The Globe and Mail: The Daily Cryptic Crossword. .pdf, online.
The Guardian: Cryptic crossword No 28,921 by Qaos. .pdf, online.
The Independent: Cryptic Crossword by Crosophile. .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, November 2022


Across and Down” is a CBC documentary that follows a set of constructors as they fight to improve representation in crosswords. Constructors featured are Tass and Lita Williams, Natan Last, Nancy Serrano-Wu, Soleil St-Cyr, Ross Trudeau, and Nate Cardin. While the documentary is currently not available outside Canada, the accompanying articles “Seven crossword constructors fighting for better representation in the beloved puzzle” and “Bias in crosswords: how women, people of colour and LGBTQIA+ communities are overlooked” provide a bit of a sneak peek. We’re happy to see Queer Qrosswords, Women of Letters, and The Inkubator mentioned.

In digging up more about “Across and Down” we found an old, but excellent, article from the Halifax Examiner featuring Tass and Lita Williams and the making of culturally significant crosswords.

Celia Mattison, writing for Catapult Magazine in “Why I Started Writing Crossword Puzzles” describes her experience in redefining what “common knowledge” can be in crosswords.

From cryptic streamer Hayley Gold: “This month’s cryptic stream (featuring guests Ryan McCarty, Derek Allen, and No-Feet McGee — plus the boring regulars: Will Nediger, Al Sanders, and Two-Feet Hayley —though technically one is broken) will be on Friday, November 18 at 9 pm Eastern. Come one, come all for a cornucopia of classic cryptics, because that’s the only thing I’m thankful for.  Go to twitch.tv/bewilderingly to watch, or catch the VOD afterward for only 7 days (twitch lowered the number of days, so just come to the live show so ya don’t have to worry about it!)”


Congratulations to the new members of the Lil AVC X editing team for 2023: Derek Allen, Kavin Pawittranon, Kelsey Dixon, Ken Stern, No-Feet McGee, Olivia Mitra Framke, Rafael Musa, Rose Sloan, Sally Hoelscher, Sara Cantor, Steve Mossberg, and Will Eisenberg. We are so excited for the puzzles to come from this amazing lineup!

Lil AVC X is also recruiting constructors for the 2023 roster. Applications are due November 21.


Congratulations to Ada Nicolle who has joined the team at Crossword Club as both an editor and constructor.


Autostraddle, a progressive, feminist, LGBTQIA+ digital publication has begun offering crossword puzzles that center queer content. Puzzles so far are written by Brooke Husic and Rachel Fabi, with more constructors to come. Three mini puzzles each week are free to all, and a midi crossword is published Saturdays exclusively for Autostraddle’s A+ members.

A new crop of puzzle sources has come to our attention lately. We’re happy to share these in the Daily Links, but we also want to recommend them to our News and Notes readers. In standard crosswords we have learned of Completing the Square by Carter, Crossword Dilemmas by Emma Lawson, and Quid Pro by Andrew Anker; and in cryptics, Pix Puzzles by Pixlate and The Buzzle Blog by Celise. We have also started including The Chicago Maroon by University of Chicago students.

We’re also enjoying the work of Taylor Johnson and the ongoing suite of Lemonade Disco puzzles. Constructors of all experienced levels are encouraged to submit ideas. On the 17th of each month a new pack is released and the new prompt is announced.


Since the last News & Notes, Caryn L. Robbins (10/17), Rafael Musa (10/21), Joe Rodini (10/24), Nick Shephard (10/25), Ethan Zou (11/2), Juliet Corless (11/4), Jill Singer (11/6) made their NYT debuts! Congrats to everyone! Check out some of their other work we have enjoyed: Rafa’s AVCX+ “Can We Solve It? Yes We Can!” (with Kate Chin Park), Juliet’s work with The Daily Princetonian, Jill’s Spyscape “Inside Jobs“.


Thank you to our friends at the Fill Me In podcast, who in recent weeks have hosted a variety of guests to discuss topics in crossworld. Check out these episodes if you missed them: Rachel Fabi and Neville Fogarty talk about their work in making, solving, and streaming cryptic crosswords; Kate Chin Park and Will Eisenberg share their interesting origin stories; our own Matthew Gritzmacher discusses the history and future of Daily Crossword Links; and our own Shannon Rapp reviews some of her favorite indie puzzles over the last couple of months.


The New York Times is accepting applications for the second class of their Diverse Crossword Constructor Fellowship. Submissions open through December 1.

Beginning November 23 through January 3, 2023, The New York Times is accepting Sunday-size submissions only, directly by email to crosswordeditors@nytimes.com. All other submissions are closed until after January 3.


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

Tuesday, 25 October 2022

BEQ: Themeless Monday #695 by Brendan Emmett Quigley. .puz, .pdf, online.
Bewilderingly: Sound Asleep by Will Nediger. .puz, .pdf, online.
Brian Gubin: Happy Halloween by Brian Gubin. .puz, .pdf.
Crosshare Community: Daily Mini and Featured Puzzles.
Cruciverbology: The Hole Think by Elise Corbin. .pdf, online.
Haymarket’s Squares: Menace #19 by ariel haymarket. .puz, .pdf, online.
Josh Solves: Puzzle #13: Journey through Hell by JoshSolves. .pdf
Metas On A Tuesday: Horror Movie Trope II (Meta) by benchen71. .puz, .pdf, online.
Muggle Meta Mondays: What’s In Your Pocket? (Meta) by Abide, Wendy Walker & Cap’n Rick. .puz, .pdf.
Nautilus Puzzles: Midi by Ben Tolkin. .puz, .pdf, online.

Boswords Fall Themeless League: ($) Puzzle #4 by Natan Last. Competitors have all week to complete the puzzle. Late registrants welcome.
Crossword Club: Daily Crossword: October 25, 2022 by Will Nediger. .pdf, online.
Crossword Nation: ($) Reality Bites! by Elizabeth C. Gorski. Subscribe at link.
Lil AVC X: ($) The Swing of Things by May Huang. Subscribe at link.
Luckystreak+: october 24, 2021 (themeless, kinda) by Ada Nicolle. Subscribe at link. This puzzle is free to all.
Morning Brew: Brew Mini: Nocturnal by Mary Tobler .pdf, online.
No-Feet McGee: ($) Dynamic Duo (Mini) by No-Feet McGee. Subscribe at link.
Planet Crossword: Neologism Themeless by Christina Iverson. Online.

The Atlantic Mini: by Paolo Pasco. .pdf, online.
The Crosswords Club: ($) Conjunction Junction by Katie Hale & Matthew Stock. Subscribe at link.
Crosswords with Friends: by Caitlin Reid . App Store | Google Play
Daily Beast: A Novel Approach, Tue, Oct 25, 2022 by Matt Gaffney. .pdf, online.
Daily POP Crosswords: by Patti Varol. App Store | Google Playonline.
Los Angeles Times: by Julian Lim. Online, pdf. Free Cruciverb account for .puz.
LA Times Mini: by Elizabeth Gorski. Online.
New York Sun: ($) Lined Up by Rich Norris. Reissues from 2003.
New York Times: ($) by Ashleigh Silveira and Nick Shephard. Online, .pdf, app.
New York Times Mini: by Joel Fagliano. Online, app.
The New Yorker: The Crossword: Tuesday, October 25, 2022 by Erik Agard. .pdf, online.
Newsday: Small Change by Billie Truitt. Online, .pdfbackup online.
Universal: Love Is Messy by August Miller. Online, pdf. .puz.
USA Today: Gj by Erik Agard. Online, .pdf, app.
Vox: by Juliana Tringali Golden. .pdf, online.
Vulture 10×10: The Emotion Puzzle by Rachel Simon. .pdf, online.
The Wall Street Journal: Stairing Contest by Azriel Wasser. Online, .pdf. .puz.
Washington Post Daily Mini Meta: by Andrew White & Pete Muller. Online, .pdf.

Aries Puzzles: ($) Rows Garden #9.43 by Andrew J. Ries. Subscribe at link.
BEQ Marching Bands: ($) Marching Bands #8.14 by Brendan Emmett Quigley. Subscribe at link.
Garden Party: ($) Rows Garden #5.14 by Michael Blake. Subscribe at link.
Keynesian Cryptics: Pay Disrespect by Jack H Keynes. .pdf, online.
Outside The Box: ($) Touchwords by Grant Fikes. Subscribe at link.
Outside The Box: ($) Rows Garden #8.8 by joon pahk. Subscribe at link.

Financial Times: FT Crossword: Number 17,234 by Sleuth. .pdf.
The Globe and Mail: The Daily Cryptic Crossword. .pdf, online.
The Guardian: Cryptic crossword No 28,897 by Nutmeg. .pdf, online.
The Independent: Cryptic Crossword by Silvanus. .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

Monday, October 17, 2022

Crosshare Community: Daily Mini and Featured Puzzles.
Fordham Observer: Monday, October 17 (Mini) by Irene Hao. .pdf, online.
Matt’s Word: Easy Peasy by Matt Forest. .puz, .pdf, online.
Monday Fills: The Final Frontier by Dave Murchie. .puz, .pdf, online.
Taylor Made Crosswords: At the Drive-In by Kevin Weiler. .puz, pdf, online.
Taylor Made Crosswords: Back to Back by Ashleigh Silveira. .puz, pdf, online.
Taylor Made Crosswords: Separated at Birth by Jimmy Peniston. .puz, pdf, online.
Taylor Made Crosswords: Double Duty by Matt Forest. .puz, pdf, online.
Taylor Made Crosswords: Is There an Echo in Here? (…In Here…In Here…) by Taylor Johnson. .puz, pdf, online.

Atlas Obscura: Heads Up by Brendan Emmett Quigley. .puz, pdf, online.
Crossword Club: Daily Crossword: October 17, 2022 by Will Nediger. .pdf, online.
Lil AVC X: ($) love u, byyyeee by Enrique Henestroza Anguiano. Subscribe at link.
Planet Crossword: Shocking Themeless by Christina Iverson. Online.

The Atlantic Mini: by Paolo Pasco. .pdf, online.
Crosswords with Friends: by Doug Peterson. App Store | Google Play
Daily Beast: Long-Awaited Sequel by Matt Gaffney. .pdf, online.
Daily POP Crosswords: by Alan Olschwang. App Store | Google Playonline.
Los Angeles Times: by Dylan Schiff. Online, pdf. Free Cruciverb account for .puz.
LA Times Mini: by Elizabeth Gorski. Online.
New York Magazine: Worth Another Look by Matt Gaffney. .pdf, online.
New York Sun: ($) Warrior by Bill Weber. Reissues from 2003.
New York Times: ($) by Caryn L. Robbins. Online, .pdf, app.
New York Times Mini: by Wyna Liu. Online, app.
The New Yorker: The Crossword by Natan Last. .pdf, online.
Newsday: Fill ‘Er Up by Doug Peterson. Online, .pdfbackup online.
Universal: In Connecticut by David Alfred Bywaters. Online, pdf. .puz.
USA Today: Uno! by Rebecca Goldstein. Online, .pdf, app.
Vox: by Patrick Blindauer. .pdf, online.
The Wall Street Journal: Mental Gymnastics by Naomi Klarreich & Daniel Shapiro. Online, .pdf. .puz.
Washington Post Daily Mini Meta: by Andrew White & Pete Muller. Online, .pdf.

A Cleverly-Titled Logic Puzzle Blog: Connect the Peri-Dots by Grant Fikes .pdf
Darren’s Puzzles: Cryptic 2022-10 by Darren Miller. .pdf, online.
Juff’s Cryptic Crosswords: Costume Party by juff and joeadultman. Online.
Mental Judo: A Cryptic Blog (11): Costume Party by juff and joeadultman Online.
Redhead64: Semicircle Sorting 4 .pdf.
Steve’s Cryptic Crosswords: Puzzle 290 by Steve Townsend. Online.
xwordswithbabka: Cryptic #1 by Dan Schwartz. .puz, .pdf, online.

Financial Times: FT Crossword: Number 17,227 by SLORMGORM. .pdf.
The Globe and Mail: The Daily Cryptic Crossword. .pdf, online.
The Guardian: Cryptic crossword No 28,890 by Carpathian. .pdf, online.
The Independent: Cryptic Crossword by Gila. .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, 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!

Saturday, 1 October 2022

Club 72: Freestyle 750 by Tim Croce. .puz, .pdf.
Crosshare Community: Daily Mini and Featured Puzzles.
David Alfred Bywaters: Seeking Adventure by David Alfred Bywaters. .puz, .pdf, online.
Haymarket’s Squares: Just *how* briefly we talking here? (Themeless) by ariel haymarket. .puz, .pdf, online.
The Nexus Blog: Middle School by Alex Boisvert .jpz, .pdf, online.
Pocket Squares: Level up! by Jasper Davidoff. .pdf, online.

The Charlotte Ledger: Fixing A Course by Chris King. .puz, .pdf.
Crossword Club: Daily Crossword: October 1, 2022 by Erica Hsiung Wojcik. .pdf, online.
Luckstreak+: Pobody’s Nerfect by Ada Nicolle. Patreon Subscription.
Matt Gaffney’s Weekly Crossword Contest: ($) Crack the Code (Meta) by Matt Gaffney. Subscribe at Patreon.
Morning Brew: Brown Bag by Mary Tobler .pdf, online.
My Jewish Learning: Dig In! by Rebecca Goldstein .pdf, online.
Planet Crossword: New puzzle released each weekday at noon. Online.
Spyscape: Hide and Seek by Bryant White. .pdf, online.

Crosswords with Friends: by Fred Piscop. App Store | Google Play
Daily POP Crosswords: by Mark McClain. App Store | Google Playonline.
Los Angeles Times: by Matthew Stock & Pravan Chakravarthy. Online, pdf. Free Cruciverb account for .puz.
LA Times Mini: by Elizabeth Gorski. Online.
New York Sun: ($) Double List by Alan Olschwang. Reissues from 2003.
New York Times: ($) by Natan Last. Online, .pdf, app.
NYT Monthly Bonus: National Newspaper Carrier Day by Fred Piscop. Online, .pdf, .puz.
New York Times Mini: by Joel Fagliano. Online, app.
Newsday: Saturday Stumper by Stan Newman. Online, .pdfbackup online.
Universal: Universal Freestyle 40 by Garrett Chalfin. Online, pdf. .puz.
USA Today: Dew Drops by Rebecca Goldstein. Online, .pdf, app.
Vox: From the Restart by Adesina O. Koiki. .pdf, online.
Vulture 10×10: The Billy Puzzle by Malaika Handa. .pdf, online.
The Wall Street Journal: You Really Get Me by Mike Shenk. Online, .pdf. .puz.
Washington Post Daily Mini Meta: by Andrew White & Pete Muller. Online, .pdf.

Darren’s Puzzles: Cryptic 2022-09 by Darren Miller. .pdf, online.
Loplop Cryptics: Loplop Cryptic #015 [15—] by George Ho. .puz, .pdf, online.
Puzzle Tome: October (Cryptic) .pdf, online.
Square Chase: ($) Not Cool (Variety Cryptic) by Steve Mossberg. Patreon subscription.
Tortoiseshell Studios: ($) Fall: A Meditation on Time and Entropy by Nathan Curtis. Patreon Subscription.
Tough As Nails: Mini Cryptic #10 by Stella Zawistowski. .puz, .pdf

Canadian National Post: Cryptic by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon. .pdf
Financial Times: FT Crossword: Polymath number 1198 by Sleuth. .pdf.
Financial Times: FT Crossword: Number 17,214 by Buccaneer. .pdf.
The Globe and Mail: The Daily Cryptic Crossword. .pdf, online.
The Independent: Cryptic Crossword by Bluebird. .pdf, online.
WSJ Variety: Marching Bands by Mike Shenk. .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

Monday, September 26, 2022

Crosshare Community: Daily Mini and Featured Puzzles.
Jeff’s Puzzles: Garden-Variety Names by Jeff Linder. .puz, .pdf
Lexicon Devil: Skip Ahead to the End by Richard D. Allen. .puz, .pdf, online.
Monday Fills: Take a Number by Dave Murchie. .puz, .pdf, online.
Rossword Puzzles: Extended Family by Ben Bass & Ross Trudeau. .puz, .pdf, online.

Crossword Club: Daily Crossword: September 26, 2022 by Will Nediger. .pdf, online.
The Hub Crossword: ($) Picture Imperfect by Brendan Emmett Quigley. Patreon subscription.
Lil AVC X: ($) ¿Donde está la biblioteca? by Shannon Rapp. Subscribe at link.

The Atlantic Mini: by Paolo Pasco. .pdf, online.
Crosswords with Friends: by Todd McClary. App Store | Google Play
Daily Beast: Watch the Birdy by Matt Gaffney. .pdf, online.
Daily POP Crosswords: by Janice Luttrell. App Store | Google Playonline.
Los Angeles Times: by Emet Ozar. Online, pdf. Free Cruciverb account for .puz.
LA Times Mini: by Elizabeth Gorski. Online.
New York Magazine: Tool School by Matt Gaffney. .pdf, online.
New York Sun: ($) Tight Ballgame by Ed Early. Reissues from 2002.
New York Times: ($) by Margaret Seikel. Online, .pdf, .puz, app.
New York Times Mini: by Wyna Liu. Online, app.
The New Yorker: The Crossword by Natan Last. .pdf, online.
Newsday: Push the Buttons by Doug Peterson. Online, .pdfbackup online.
Universal: Shining Example by Guilherme Gilioli. Online, pdf. .puz.
USA Today: Virtual Zoo by Kavin Pawittranon & Nijah Morris. Online, .pdf, app.
Vox: by Patrick Blindauer. .pdf, online.
The Wall Street Journal: Ladies Rock! by Johanna Fenimore & Andrea Carla Michaels. Online, .pdf. .puz.
Washington Post Daily Mini Meta: by Andrew White & Pete Muller. Online, .pdf.

A Cleverly-Titled Logic Puzzle Blog: Sports Stats Stumpers by Grant Fikes .pdf
Go Away I’m Sleeping: Cryptic #36: Alive in Arizona by GAIS. Online, .pdf.
Redhead64: Triangle Tangle 4 .pdf.
Steve’s Cryptic Crosswords: Puzzle 287 by Ben Robinson Online.

Financial Times: FT Crossword: Number 17,209 by GAFF. .pdf.
The Globe and Mail: The Daily Cryptic Crossword. .pdf, online.
The Guardian: Cryptic crossword No 28,872 by Vulcan. .pdf, online.
The Independent: Cryptic Crossword by Italicus. .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

Tuesday, 20 September 2022

A Crossword Rose: It’s a Wild World by Dan Schwartz and Rose Sloan. .puz, online.
BEQ: Themeless Monday #690 by Brendan Emmett Quigley. .puz, .pdf, online.
Bewilderingly: Throwing Spanners in the Works by Will Nediger. .puz, .pdf, online.
Brian Gubin: Act Up by Brian Gubin. .puz, .pdf.
Crosshare Community: Daily Mini and Featured Puzzles.
The Deli Counter: Wots All Dis Den Themeless by meatdaddy69420. .puz, .pdf, online.
Just Gridding: Well, Well, Well by Rachel Fabi and Rebecca Goldstein. .puz, .pdf, online.
LuterCross: Is There a Theme? No, There Is Not. by Matthew Luter. .pdf, .puz, online.
Matt’s Word: Hot Air Buffoon by Matt Forest. .puz, .pdf, online.
Metas On A Tuesday: Earthquake Zone (Meta) by benchen71. .puz, .pdf, online.
Muggle Meta Mondays: Don’t Overthink It (Meta) by Muggle Zoom Room. .puz, .pdf.
Pun Of A Kind: Sounds Like You Need a Drink by Mikey G. .puz, .pdf, online.

Crossword Club: Daily Crossword: September 20, 2022 by Kelsey Dixon. .pdf, online.
Crossword Nation: ($) Sal Paradise by Elizabeth C. Gorski. Subscribe at link.
Lil AVC X: ($) Would not recommend by Kunal Nabar. Subscribe at link.
Luckystreak+: ($) on september (themeless) by Ada Nicolle. Subscribe at link.
Morning Brew: Brew Mini: Sky-high by Mary Tobler .pdf, online.

The Atlantic Mini: by Paolo Pasco. .pdf, online.
The Crosswords Club: ($) Auto Incorrect by Doug Peterson. Subscribe at link.
Crosswords with Friends: by Andrea Carla Michaels & Doug Peterson. App Store | Google Play
Daily Beast: Returning to the Scene Tue Sep 20, 2022 by Matt Gaffney. .pdf, online.
Daily POP Crosswords: by Brooke Husic. App Store | Google Playonline.
Los Angeles Times: by Amie Walker. Online, pdf. Free Cruciverb account for .puz.
LA Times Mini: by Elizabeth Gorski. Online.
New York Sun: ($) Warrior by Manny Nosowsky. Reissues from 2002.
New York Times: ($) by Rebecca Goldstein and Rachel Fabi. Online, .pdf, .puz, app.
New York Times Mini: by Joel Fagliano. Online, app.
The New Yorker: The Crossword: Tuesday, September 20, 2022 by Natan Last. .pdf, online.
Newsday: Back to School Supplies by Billie Truitt. Online, .pdfbackup online.
Universal: Following Directions by Paul Coulter. Online, pdf. .puz.
USA Today: Doubleplusungood by Kelsey Dixon & Brooke Husic. Online, .pdf, app.
Vox: by Juliana Tringali Golden. .pdf, online.
Vulture 10×10: The Steel City Puzzle by Stella Zawistowski. .pdf, online.
The Wall Street Journal: Backup Devices by Trip Payne. Online, .pdf. .puz.
Washington Post Daily Mini Meta: by Andrew White & Pete Muller. Online, .pdf.

Aries Puzzles: ($) Rows Garden #9.38 by Andrew J. Ries. Subscribe at link.
Garden Party: ($) Rows Garden #5.38 by Michael Blake. Subscribe at link.
Keynesian Cryptics: Haphazard Spartans by Jack H Keynes. .pdf, online.
Monday Fills Acrostics: Acrostic 181 by Dave Murchie. .pdf, online.
Outside The Box: ($) Rows Garden #8.3by joon pahk. Subscribe at link.

Financial Times: FT Crossword: Number 17,204 by Steerpike. .pdf.
The Globe and Mail: The Daily Cryptic Crossword. .pdf, online.
The Guardian: Cryptic crossword No 28,867 by Imogen. .pdf, online.
The Independent: Cryptic Crossword by Hoskins. .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!