Friday, January 20, 2023

BEQ: At the Head Shop by Brendan Emmett Quigley. .puz, .pdf, online.
crocswords: A Trip Down Memory by Clev. .pdf, online.
Crosshare Community: Daily Mini and Featured Puzzles.
Crossword Nexus Blog: Puzzle #76: Double Elision by Alex Boisvert .jpz, .pdf, online.
Fordham Observer: Crossword: Esteemed Hams by Greg Snitkin. .pdf, online.
M & M Crosswords: Haggis, Neeps, and Tatties by Martina Waluk. .pdf, online.
Olio Grids: This One’s a Little Meta by Brian Callahan. .pdf, online.
YourPuzzleSource: Daily Puzzle (Midi) by Phil Fraas. .pdf, online.

Autostraddle: Autostraddle Mini — January 20, 2023 by Rachel Fabi. .pdf, online.
Crossword Club: Daily Crossword: January 20, 2023 by Kelsey Dixon. .pdf, online.
Crucinova: ($) Jumper Cables by Laura Effinger-Dean & Shannon Rapp. Subscribe at link.
Fireball Newsflash: ($) Fireball Newsflash Crosswords #1 by Peter Gordon. Subscribe at link.
Inkubator: ($) Themeless #39 by Darby Ratliff & Rachel Fabi. Subscribe at link.
luckystreak xwords: ($) there’s an ology for that (themeless) by Ada Nicolle. Patreon Subscription.
Planet Crossword: Football Gear by Brendan Emmett Quigley. Online.

The Atlantic Mini: by Paolo Pasco. .pdf, online.
Crosswords with Friends: Sports Fan Friday by Todd McClary. App Store | Google Play
Crosswords with Friends: Midi Puzzle by Robyn Weintraub. App Store | Google Play
Crosswords with Friends: Mini Puzzle by Robyn Weintraub. App Store | Google Play
Daily POP Crosswords: by Mark McClain. App Store | Google Playonline.
Los Angeles Times: by Wendy L. Brandes. Online, pdf. Free Cruciverb account for .puz.
Los Angeles Times Mini: by Elizabeth Gorski. Online.
The Modern Crossword: Friday, January 20, 2023 by Anna Gundlach. Online, .pdf.
New York Sun: ($) I Caramba! by Mark Diehl. Reissues from 2003.
New York Times: ($) by Robert S. Greenfield. Online, .pdf, app.
New York Times Mini: by Joel Fagliano. Online, app.
The New Yorker: The Crossword: Friday, January 20, 2023 by Brooke Husic & Will Nediger. .pdf, online.
Newsday: Tag Ends by Mark McClain. Online, .pdfbackup online.
The Telegraph: Cross Atlantic by Jeremy Mutch. Online.
Universal: Religious Leaders by Jeffrey Wechsler. Online, pdf. .puz.
USA Today: All the Things You Are by Enrique Henestroza Anguiano. Online, .pdf, app.
Vox: by Andrew J. Ries. .pdf, online.
Vulture 10×10: The Stuyvesant Puzzle by Stella Zawistowski. .pdf, online.
The Wall Street Journal: Signs of the Times by Mike Shenk. Online, .pdf. .puz.
Washington Examiner: ($?) There Are No Eggs by Brendan Emmett Quigley. Online.
Washington Post Daily Mini Meta: by Andrew White & Pete Muller. Online, .pdf.
The Week: Hop To It by Matt Gaffney. .pdf.

Liari’s Cryptic Crosswords: Traffic Flow by Liari. .pdf, online.
Out Of Left Field: ($) Cryptic #147 by Joshua Kosman & Henri Picciotto. Patreon subscription.
Puzzles For Progress: #101: Mirrored Gallery, Midloop, Whirlpool by Jacob Cohen. .pdf

Financial Times: FT Weekend Magazine Crossword Number 623 by Aldhelm. .pdf.
Financial Times: FT Crossword: Number 17,310 by BUCCANEER. .pdf.
The Globe and Mail: The Daily Cryptic Crossword. .pdf, online.
The Guardian: Cryptic crossword No 28,972 by Pasquale. .pdf, online.
The Independent: Cryptic Crossword by Phi. .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.

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

BEQ: Themeless Monday #705 by Brendan Emmett Quigley. .puz, .pdf, online.
Brian Gubin: Kings & Queens by Brian Gubin. .puz, .pdf.
Crosshare Community: Daily Mini and Featured Puzzles.
Jack Of All Squares: Litter Boxes by Lyle Broughton. .pdf, online.
LuterCross: Wickedly Talented by Matthew Luter. .pdf, .puz, online.
Metas On A Tuesday: Two Can Play At That Game (Meta) by benchen71. .puz, .pdf, online.
Muggle Meta Mondays: The Replacement(s) (Meta) by Bird Lives. .puz, .pdf.
Olio Grids: Say That Again? by Brian Callahan. .pdf, online.

Crossword Club: Daily Crossword: January 10, 2023 by Kelsey Dixon. .pdf, online.
Crossword Nation: ($) Split-Level Home by Elizabeth C. Gorski. Subscribe at link.
Lil AVC X: ($) Heart and Soul by Steve Mossberg. Subscribe at link.
Luckystreak+: ($) Puzzle #1 (themeless) by Ada Nicolle. Subscribe at link.
Luckystreak+: ($) Puzzle #2 (themeless) by Ada Nicolle. Subscribe at link.
Luckystreak+: ($) Puzzle #3 (themeless) by Ada Nicolle. Subscribe at link.
Morning Brew: Brew Mini: Prince by Mary Tobler .pdf, online.
Planet Crossword: Apish Themeless by Brendan Emmett Quigley. Online.

The Atlantic Mini: by Paolo Pasco. .pdf, online.
The Crosswords Club: ($) Splinter Groups by Tiann Maxwell. Subscribe at link.
Crosswords with Friends: TV Tuesday by Trip Payne. App Store | Google Play
Crosswords with Friends: Mini Puzzle by Jeff Chen. App Store | Google Play
Daily Beast: Dissed by the List, Tue, Jan 10, 2023 by Matt Gaffney. .pdf, online.
Daily POP Crosswords: by Beth Rubin. App Store | Google Playonline.
Los Angeles Times: by Dan Schwartz & Shannon Rapp. Online, pdf. Free Cruciverb account for .puz.
Los Angeles Times Mini: by Elizabeth Gorski. Online.
The Modern Crossword: Tuesday, January 10, 2023 by Amanda Rafkin. Online, .pdf.
New York Sun: ($) Five of a Kind by Randall J. Hartman. Reissues from 2003.
New York Times: ($) by Emily Rourke. Online, .pdf, app.
New York Times Mini: by Joel Fagliano. Online, app.
The New Yorker: The Crossword: Tuesday, January 10, 2023 by Wyna Liu. .pdf, online.
Newsday: Wintry by Billie Truitt. Online, .pdfbackup online.
The Telegraph: Cross Atlantic. Online.
Universal: Be in Touch by Drew Schmenner. Online, pdf. .puz.
USA Today: Breaking Bad by Sara Cantor. Online, .pdf, app.
Vox: by Juliana Tringali Golden. .pdf, online.
Vulture 10×10: The Veterinary Puzzle by Stella Zawistowski. .pdf, online.
The Wall Street Journal: Wurst Case Scenario by Gary Larson & Amy Ensz. Online, .pdf. .puz.
Washington Post Daily Mini Meta: by Andrew White & Pete Muller. Online, .pdf.

Aries Puzzles: ($) Rows Garden #10.2 by Andrew J. Ries. Subscribe at link.
Garden Party: ($) Rows Garden #5.2 by Michael Blake. Subscribe at link.
Keynesian Cryptics: Cold War Chaos by Jack H Keynes. .pdf, online.
Monday Fills Acrostics: Acrostic 189 by Dave Murchie. .pdf, online.
Outside The Box: ($) Touchwords by Grant Fikes. Subscribe at link.
Outside The Box: ($) Rows Garden #8.17 by joon pahk. Subscribe at link.

Financial Times: FT Crossword: Number 17,301 by Bobcat. .pdf.
The Globe and Mail: The Daily Cryptic Crossword. .pdf, online.
The Guardian: Cryptic crossword No 28,963 by Brummie. .pdf, online.
The Independent: Cryptic Crossword by Serpent. .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

Saturday, December 17, 2022

The Chicago Maroon: 2022 MCPT #1: Cash Cow by Henry Josephson. .pdf, online.
Club 72: Freestyle 772 by Tim Croce. .puz, .pdf.
Crosshare Community: Daily Mini and Featured Puzzles.
Crossweird Puzzles: That’s a Bear in a Bee Costume by Dob Olino. .puz, .pdf, online.
David Alfred Bywaters: Petty Morels by David Alfred Bywaters. .puz, .pdf, online.
Fordham Observer: Saturday, December 17 (Mini) by Irene Hao. .pdf, online.
Lemonade Disco: The Art of Misdirection by Shannon Rapp & Matt Gritzmacher. .jpz, .pdf, online.
Lemonade Disco: Well That’s Dark… by Matt Forest. .puz, .pdf, online.
Lemonade Disco: The Transformation by Aaron Ullman. .puz, .pdf, online.
Lemonade Disco: Making The Cut by Paolo Pasco. .puz, .pdf, online.

Autostraddle: A+ Crossword Is Using the Hanky Code by Brooke Husic. .pdf, online.
Crossword Club: Daily Crossword: December 17, 2022 by Ada Nicolle. .pdf, online.
Matt Gaffney’s Weekly Crossword Contest: ($) Bright Idea (Meta) by Matt Gaffney. Subscribe at Patreon.
Morning Brew: Present by Mary Tobler .pdf, online.
My Jewish Learning: Watch The Candles Burn by Rebecca Goldstein .pdf, online.
Spyscape: Protection Racket by Bryant White. .pdf, online.

Crosswords with Friends: by Stella Zawistowski. App Store | Google Play
Daily POP Crosswords: by Mark McClain. App Store | Google Playonline.
Los Angeles Times: by Erica Hsiung Wojcik & Brooke Husic. Online, pdf. Free Cruciverb account for .puz.
LA Times Mini: by Elizabeth Gorski. Online.
The Modern Crossword: Pair Off by Will Nediger. Edited by Amanda Rafkin.. Online, .pdf.
New York Sun: ($) Themeless by Patrick Berry. Reissues from 2003.
New York Times: ($) by Christina Iverson and Tom Pepper. Online, .pdf, app.
New York Times Mini: by Wyna Liu. Online, app.
Newsday: Saturday Stumper by Stan Newman. Online, .pdfbackup online.
Universal: Universal Freestyle 51 by Matt Forest. Online, pdf. .puz.
USA Today: Midterms by Rafael Musa. Online, .pdf, app.
Vox: High Guys by Patrick Blindauer. .pdf, online.
Vulture 10×10: The Water Puzzle by Malaika Handa. .pdf, online.
The Wall Street Journal: Court Disaster by Rich Proulx. Online, .pdf. .puz.
Washington Post Daily Mini Meta: by Andrew White & Pete Muller. Online, .pdf.

Mental Playground: December 17 by MP. .pdf, online.
Some Variety: Advent 2022: #12 by Elgel online.
Team Crazy Cryptics: Puzzle No. 74: Before the Ink Runs Dry by teamcrazymatt. Online.
Tortoiseshell Studio: ($) Hex Pathfinder by Nathan Curtis. Patreon subscription.

Financial Times: FT Crossword: Number 17,280 by Goliath. .pdf.
Financial Times: FT Crossword: Polymath number 1209 by Hamilton. .pdf.
The Globe and Mail: The Daily Cryptic Crossword. .pdf, online.
The Independent: Cryptic Crossword by Serpent. .pdf, online.
WSJ Variety: Boxing Day by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon. .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

Friday, 16 December 2022

BEQ: Bunch of Nonsense by Brendan Emmett Quigley. .puz, .pdf, online.
Crosshare Community: Daily Mini and Featured Puzzles.
Crossword Nexus Blog: Puzzle #71: Just Another Vowel Progression Puzzle (with Howard Barkin!) by Alex Boisvert  & Howard Barkin. .jpz, .pdf, online.
Fordham Observer: Friday, December 16 (Mini) by Irene Hao. .pdf, online.
Fordham Observer: Thursday, December 15 (Mini) by Irene Hao. .pdf, online.
Knotty Grids: Check the Ratings by Dominic Jeong and Adam Simon Levine. tktktk
Puzzling The Humanities: It’s Cold Outside! by Rachel Fabi & Matthew Stock. .pdf, online.

Autostraddle: Autostraddle Mini by Rachel Fabi. .pdf, online.
AVCX+: ($) 126,000,000 Minecraft Fans Can’t Be Wrong (themeless) by Steve Mossberg. Subscribe at link.
Crossword Club: Daily Crossword: December 16, 2022 by Kelsey Dixon. .pdf, online.
Crucinova: ($) What We Do in the Shadows by Quiara Vasquez. Subscribe at link.
Inkubator: ($) Themeless #38 by Christina Iverson. Subscribe at link.
Planet Crossword: Reindeer Games by Brendan Emmett Quigley. Online.

The Atlantic Mini: by Paolo Pasco. .pdf, online.
Crosswords with Friends: by Caitlin Reid. App Store | Google Play
Daily POP Crosswords: by Katie Hale. App Store | Google Playonline.
Los Angeles Times: by Matt Forest & Shannon Rapp. Online, pdf. Free Cruciverb account for .puz.
LA Times Mini: by Elizabeth Gorski. Online.
The Modern Crossword: Friday, December 16, 2022 by Amanda Rafkin. Online, .pdf.
New York Sun: ($) Artistic License by Ed Early. Reissues from 2003.
New York Times: ($) by Kameron Austin Collins. Online, .pdf, app.
New York Times Mini: by Christina Iverson. Online, app.
The New Yorker: The Holiday Crossword: Friday, December 16, 2022 by Elizabeth C. Gorski. .pdf, online.
Newsday: Notables by Chris Gross. Online, .pdfbackup online.
Universal: Light Circuit by Don Gagliardo. Online, pdf. .puz.
USA Today: Low Standards by Ada Nicolle. Online, .pdf, app.
Vox: by Andrew J. Ries. .pdf, online.
Vulture 10×10: The AI Puzzle by Malaika Handa. .pdf, online.
The Wall Street Journal: What Should I Where? by Matt Gaffney. Online, .pdf. .puz.
Washington Examiner: ($?) Language Lesson by Brendan Emmett Quigley. Online.
Washington Post Daily Mini Meta: by Andrew White & Pete Muller. Online, .pdf.
The Week: Officially Delicious by Matt Gaffney. .pdf.

AVCX Cryptic: ($) AVCX Cryptic 12/15/22  by Trip Payne. Subscribe at link.
Mental Playground: December 16 by MP. .pdf, online.
Out Of Left Field: ($) Cryptic #142 by Joshua Kosman & Henri Picciotto. Patreon subscription.
Some Variety: Advent 2022: #11 by Elgel online.

Financial Times: FT Weekend Magazine Crossword Number 619 by Aldhelm. .pdf.
Financial Times: FT Crossword: Number 17,279 by Leonidas. .pdf.
The Globe and Mail: The Daily Cryptic Crossword. .pdf, online.
The Guardian: Cryptic crossword No 28,942 by Paul. .pdf, online.
The Independent: Cryptic Crossword by Phi. .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

Thursday, 1 December 2022

The Chicago Maroon: 50. Fishy Fish Dish (Themeless) by Henry Josephson. .pdf, online.
Crosshare Community: Daily Mini and Featured Puzzles.
Crossword Dilemmas: nov 30 2022 by Emma Lawson. .pdf, online.
Fordham Observer: Thursday, December 1 (Mini) by Irene Hao. .pdf, online.
Fordham Observer: Wednesday, November 30 (Mini) by Irene Hao. .pdf, online.
Jeff’s Puzzles: Puny but Punny 3 by Jeff Linder. .puz, .pdf
Jonesin’: “Bird is the Word”–who knows where it’ll end up. by Matt Jones. .puz, .pdf, online.
M & M Crosswords: Woooooo! by Martina Waluk. .pdf, online.
Nautilus Puzzles: The NNN Puzzle by Ben Tolkin. .puz, .pdf, online.
Provincetown Independent: Gobble It Up by Sophia Maymudes. .pdf, .puz
Xylo’s Puzzles: Wee-nsday #10 by Xylo. .pdf, online.

ClassiCanadian Crosswords: ($) Chem, Math and English by Barb Olson. Subscribe at link.
Crossword Club: Daily Crossword: December 1, 2022 by Quiara Vasquez. .pdf, online.
Morning Brew: Brew Mini: Trophies by Mary Tobler .pdf, online.
Planet Crossword: Stellar Themeless by Taylor Johnson. Online.

The Atlantic Mini: by Paolo Pasco. .pdf, online.
Crosswords with Friends: by Nate Cardin. App Store | Google Play
Daily Beast: That Really Hit the Spotify, Thu Dec. 1, 2022 by Matt Gaffney. .pdf, online.
Daily POP Crosswords: by Pam Amick Klawitter. App Store | Google Playonline.
Los Angeles Times: by Shannon Rapp. Online, pdf. Free Cruciverb account for .puz.
LA Times Mini: by Elizabeth Gorski. Online.
New York Sun: ($) Lovestruck by Byron Walden. Reissues from 2003.
New York Times: ($) by Daniel Mauer. Online, .pdf, app.
NYT Monthly Bonus: The Twelve Days of Christmas by Fred Piscop. Online, .pdf, .puz.
New York Times Mini: by Joel Fagliano. Online, app.
The New Yorker: The Crossword: Thursday, December 1, 2022 by Patrick Berry. .pdf, online.
Newsday: Spaces’ Places by Stanley Newman. Online, .pdfbackup online.
Universal: We’re a Team by Freddie Cheng. Online, pdf. .puz.
USA Today: One and . . . by Erik Agard. Online, .pdf, app.
Vox: by Will Nediger. .pdf, online.
Vulture 10×10: The Explorer Puzzle by Stella Zawistowski. .pdf, online.
The Wall Street Journal: Floating Upstream by David P. Williams. Online, .pdf. .puz.
Washington Post Daily Mini Meta: by Andrew White & Pete Muller. Online, .pdf.

AVCX Cryptic: ($) AVCX Cryptic Mini (12/1/2022) by Stella Zawistowski. Subscribe at link.
A Cleverly-Titled Logic Puzzle Blog: Wordy Wednesday 509: Touchword 27 & Wordy Wednesday 510: Pent Words 102 by Grant Fikes .pdf
Browser Sevens: Mini Cryptic by Liari. Online.
Loplop Cryptics: Loplop Cryptic #018 [15×] by George Ho. .puz, .pdf, online.
Mental Judo: A Cryptic Blog (11): Bangers and Mash by joeadultman Online.
Mental Playground: Advent 1 by MP. .pdf, online.
Puzzle Tome: Supergroup (Cryptic) .pdf, online.
Some Variety: Advent 2022: #1 by Elgel online.
Square Chase: ($) Animal Control (Variety Cryptic) by Steve Mossberg. Patreon subscription.
Tough As Nails: Mini Cryptic #12 by Stella Zawistowski. .puz, .pdf

Financial Times: FT Crossword: Number 17,266 by Falcon. .pdf.
The Globe and Mail: The Daily Cryptic Crossword. .pdf, online.
The Guardian: Cryptic crossword No 28,929 by Anto. .pdf, online.
The Independent: Cryptic Crossword by Rodriguez. .pdf, online.
The Spectator: ($) 2584: Song XI by Pabulum. Subscribe at link.

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, November 21, 2022

Crosshare Community: Daily Mini and Featured Puzzles.
Crossword Dilemmas: nov 20 2022 by Emma Lawson. .pdf, online.
Jeff’s Puzzles: Herd Mentality by Jeff Linder. .puz, .pdf
Monday Fills: Four Seasons by Dave Murchie. .puz, .pdf, online.

Autostraddle: Autostraddle Mini — November 21, 2022 by Brooke Husic. .pdf, online.
Crossword Club: Daily Crossword: November 21, 2022 by Erica Hsiung Wojcik. .pdf, online.
Lil AVC X: ($) Boy Meets Boy by Abigail Rapp and Shannon Rapp. Subscribe at link.
Planet Crossword: Independent Themeless by Zhouqin Burnikel. Online.

The Atlantic Mini: by Paolo Pasco. .pdf, online.
Crosswords with Friends: by Nate Cardin. App Store | Google Play
Daily Beast: Adele in Vegas, Mon, Nov 21, 2022 by Matt Gaffney. .pdf, online.
Daily POP Crosswords: by Janice Luttrell. App Store | Google Playonline.
Los Angeles Times: by Dan Caprera. Online, pdf. Free Cruciverb account for .puz.
LA Times Mini: by Elizabeth Gorski. Online.
New York Magazine: Pitch Count by Matt Gaffney. .pdf, online.
New York Sun: ($) National League by Jon Delfin. Reissues from 2003.
New York Times: ($) by Brandon Koppy. Online, .pdf, app.
New York Times Mini: by Christina Iverson. Online, app.
The New Yorker: The Crossword by Anna Shechtman. .pdf, online.
Newsday: Going Nowhere by Doug Peterson. Online, .pdfbackup online.
The Telegraph: Cross Atlantic No. 1 by Steve Bartlett. Online.
Universal: Baloney Sandwich by Max Schlenker. Online, pdf. .puz.
*USA Today: QB3 by Nate Cardin. Online, .pdf, app.
*Note, the USA Today app and website have not been loading the newest puzzle. In the meantime the puzzle is only available through The Puzzle Society, subscription required.
Vox: by Patrick Blindauer. .pdf, online.
The Wall Street Journal: Zero Waste by Daniel & Morgan Bodily. Online, .pdf. .puz.
Washington Post Daily Mini Meta: by Andrew White & Pete Muller. Online, .pdf.

Redhead64: Anagram Chambers 10 .pdf.
Steve’s Cryptic Crosswords: Puzzle 295 by Steve Townsend. Online.

Financial Times: FT Crossword: Number 17,257 by Steerpike. .pdf.
The Globe and Mail: The Daily Cryptic Crossword. .pdf, online.
The Guardian: Cryptic crossword No 28,920 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

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!

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Club 72: Freestyle 761 by Tim Croce. .puz, .pdf.
Crosshare Community: Daily Mini and Featured Puzzles.
Crossword Dilemmas: nov 8 2022 by Emma Lawson. .pdf, online.
The Daily Princetonian: Roll Call by Harit Raghunathan and Gabriel Robare. Online.
Fordham Observer: Wednesday, November 9 (Mini) by Aurelien Clauvid. .pdf, online.
LuterCross: Do Your Best by Matthew Luter. .pdf, .puz, online.
Tough As Nails: Themeless #75 by Stella Zawistowski. .puz, .pdf

Aries Puzzles: ($) Aries Freestyle #5.45 by Andrew J. Ries. Subscribe at link.
Autostraddle: Autostraddle Mini — November 9, 2022 by Rachel Fabi. .pdf, online.
Crossword Club: Daily Crossword: November 9, 2022 by Kelsey Dixon. .pdf, online.
Planet Crossword: Choral Finales by Stella Zawistowski. Online.

The Atlantic Mini: by Paolo Pasco. .pdf, online.
Crosswords with Friends: by Patrick Berry. App Store | Google Play
Daily Beast: Family Feud, Wed, Nov 9, 2022 by Matt Gaffney. .pdf, online.
Daily POP Crosswords: by Robin Stears. App Store | Google Playonline.
Los Angeles Times: by Will Eisenberg & Shannon Rapp. Online, pdf. Free Cruciverb account for .puz.
LA Times Mini: by Elizabeth Gorski. Online.
McKinsey: Non-Gray Anatomy by Peter Gordon. .pdf, online.
New York Sun: ($) Warrior by Bill Weber. Reissues from 2003.
New York Times: ($) by David Tuffs. Online, .pdf, app.
New York Times Mini: by Wyna Liu. Online, app.
The New Yorker: The Crossword by Will Nediger. .pdf, online.
Newsday: Friends of Claudio by Steve Faiella. Online, .pdfbackup online.
Universal: Surprise! A Test! by Kelly Clark. Online, pdf. .puz.
USA Today: Drop Top by Zaineb Akbar. Online, .pdf, app.
Vox: by Adesina O. Koiki. .pdf, online.
Vulture 10×10: The Globe-trotting Puzzle by Stella Zawistowski. .pdf, online.
The Wall Street Journal: Production Assistants by Katherine Baicker & Jeff Chen. Online, .pdf. .puz.
Washington Post Daily Mini Meta: by Andrew White & Pete Muller. Online, .pdf.

AVCX Cryptic: ($) by Rachel Fabi. Subscribe at link.
Ben’s Cryptic Crosswords: Ghost Train by Ben Robinson Online.
Juff’s Cryptic Crosswords: Crossing Pairs #5 by juff. .pdf, online, .ipuz.

Financial Times: FT Crossword: Number 17,247 by AARDVARK. .pdf.
The Globe and Mail: The Daily Cryptic Crossword. .pdf, online.
The Guardian: Cryptic crossword No 28,910 by Pasquale. .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

Friday, October 28, 2022

BEQ: Midnights by Brendan Emmett Quigley. .puz, .pdf, online.
Crosshare Community: Daily Mini and Featured Puzzles.
The Daily Princetonian: Trick or Treat! by Alexandra Politiwicz and Bryan Zhang. Online.
Half-Baked Puzzles: Fetch! by Will Eisenberg. .puz, .pdf, online.
Harvard Independent: Outerwear by Peter Laskin. .pdf, online.
M & M Crosswords: Dunderheads by Martina Waluk. .pdf, online.

AVCX+: ($) Escaping the Monochrome by Shannon Rapp. Subscribe at link.
Crossword Club: Daily Crossword: October 28, 2022 by Ada Nicolle. .pdf, online.
Planet Crossword: A Star is Born by Zhouqin Burnikel. Online.

The Atlantic Mini: by Paolo Pasco. .pdf, online.
Crosswords with Friends: by Jeff Chen. App Store | Google Play
Daily POP Crosswords: by Beth Rubin. App Store | Google Playonline.
Los Angeles Times: by Wendy L. Brandes. Online, pdf. Free Cruciverb account for .puz.
LA Times Mini: by Elizabeth Gorski. Online.
New York Sun: ($) Touch ‘Em by Ogden Porter. Reissues from 2003.
New York Times: ($) by Will Nediger. Online, .pdf, app.
New York Times Mini: by Trey Mendez. Online, app.
The New Yorker: Bird’s the word by Matthew Stock. .pdf, online.
Newsday: On Prolificity by Stan Newman. Online, .pdfbackup online.
Universal: My Treat! by David Tuffs. Online, pdf. .puz.
USA Today: Wander Aimlessly by Zhouqin Burnikel. Online, .pdf, app.
Vox: by Andrew J. Ries. .pdf, online.
Vulture 10×10: The Affair Puzzle by Malaika Handa. .pdf, online.
The Wall Street Journal: Start in Fear by Mike Shenk. Online, .pdf. .puz.
Washington Examiner: ($?) Casting Ballot by Brendan Emmett Quigley. Online.
Washington Post Daily Mini Meta: by Andrew White & Pete Muller. Online, .pdf.
The Week: Genius at Work by Matt Gaffney. .pdf.

Gussalufz: TH13695 by Gussalufz. Online, .pdf.
Puzzles For Progress: #95: Barns, Norinori, Crossword by Jacob Cohen. Online, .pdf, .puz

Financial Times: FT Weekend Magazine Crossword Number 613 by Aldhelm. .pdf.
Financial Times: FT Crossword: Number 17,237 by Bradman. .pdf.
The Globe and Mail: The Daily Cryptic Crossword. .pdf, online.
The Guardian: Cryptic crossword No 28,900 by Paul. .pdf, online.
The Independent: Cryptic Crossword by Phi. .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