Sunday, August 13, 2023

Black Crossword: Mini by Juliana Pache. .pdf, online.
Crosshare Community: Daily Mini and Featured Puzzles.
The Daily Princetonian: Campus Wide (Mini) by Simon Marotte. Online.
The Daily Princetonian: Swipe or Swap (Mini) by Simon Marotte. Online.
The Daily Princetonian: Logging In (Mini) by Simon Marotte. Online.

Fordham Observer: Sunday, August 13 (Mini) by Abby Grunzinger. .pdf, online.
Good Clues For People Who Love Bad Clues: Themeless 36! – OFFBRAND SATURDAY STUMPER by Frisco17. .puz, .pdf, online.
Pun Of A Kind: Head Out on the Road by Mikey G. .puz, .pdf, online.
Sunday Summer Substitute: In Sequence (Meta) by Mark Woychick. .puz, .pdf, online.
YourPuzzleSource: Daily Puzzle (Midi) by Phil Fraas. .pdf, online.
YourPuzzleSource: Weekly 15×15 by Phil Fraas. .pdf, online.

A-to-Z Crosswords: ($) Puzzle #49  by Peter Gordon & Frank Longo. Subscribe at link.
Crossword Club: Daily Crossword: August 13, 2023 by Will Nediger. .pdf, online.
Premier Crossword: by Frank Longo. .pdf, online.
Sporcle: There’s a Band in There! II by bhenderson79. Online.

The Atlantic: Caleb’s Inferno #2 by Caleb Madison. .pdf, online.
Barrons: Job Site Openings by Mark McClain. .pdf, online.
Crosswords with Friends: Sunday Funday by Todd McClary. App Store | Google Play
Crosswords with Friends: Midi Puzzle by Jeff Chen. App Store | Google Play
Crosswords with Friends: Mini Puzzle by Robyn Weintraub. App Store | Google Play
Daily Beast: A Star is Born, Sun, Aug 13, 2023 by Matt Gaffney. .pdf, online.
Daily POP Crosswords: by Beth Rubin. App Store | Google Play, online.
Los Angeles Times: Blood Bank by Matthew Stock. Online, pdf. Free Cruciverb account for .puz.
Los Angeles Times Mini: by Elizabeth Gorski. Online.
Merl Reagle Archives: August 13, 2023 – Political Maladies by Merl Reagle. Online, .pdf.
The Modern Crossword: Themeless 35 by Sarah Sinclair. Online, .pdf.
New York Sun: ($) Remote Possibilities by Tyler Hinman. Reissues from 2004.
New York Times: ($) Use Your Noodle by Manaal Mohammed. Online, .pdf, app.
New York Times Mini: by Joel Fagliano. Online, app.
Newsday: RISKY BUSINESS: Idioms Not to Emulate by Billie Truitt. Online, .pdf, backup online.
PlayFour: Daily Puzzle. Online
The Telegraph: Cross Atlantic by Steve Bartlett. Online.
Universal: Themeless Sunday 46 by Rebecca Goldstein and Rafael Musa. Online, pdf. .puz.
Universal Sunday: Job Descriptions by Pam Amick Klawitter. .puz.
USA Today: I’m at Sea (Freestyle) by Rafael Musa. Online, .pdf, app.
Washington Post: Cybercafe by Evan Birnholz. Online, .pdf. .puz.

The Browser: ($) Cryptic by Will Nediger. Subscribe at link.
Squared Away: Daily Puzzle. Online.
Tales From The Cryptic: Cryptic Mini #000000054:
“Beef Focus Group” 9×9
by Bob Weisz. .pdf, online.

Everyman Cryptic: Everyman crossword No 4,008 .pdf, online.
Financial Times: Sunday Number 12: World Puzzle by Gozo. .pdf.
The Globe and Mail: The Daily Cryptic Crossword. .pdf, online.
The Hindu Cryptic: ($) The Hindu Cryptic on Sunday .pdf, online.
The Independent: Cryptic Crossword by Brunel. .pdf, online.
New York Times Variety: ($) Acrostic by David Balton and Jane Stewart. .pdf, online.
The New Yorker Cryptic: Cryptic by Stella Zawistowski. .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: May

Congratulations to Erik Agard, winner of the 2023 Boswords Spring Themeless League, and to second- and third- place contestants Tyler Hinman and Will Nediger. League puzzle packs, videos, and full standings are available at boswords.org. Boswords summer tournament will take place July 23 online and at the Roxbury Latin School in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.

Lollapuzzoola 2023 is August 19 in New York City. Registration is open now.

Save the Date: the 46th annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament will take place April 5-7 in Stamford Connecticut.


We’re happy to commemorate Patti Varol’s first anniversary as editor at the Los Angeles Times crossword. We asked her to share a few words about her first year and goals for the future:

“In addition to being proud of the overall quality and consistency of the puzzles, I’m really happy about the gender balance I’ve brought to the venue. Since I took over, we’ve had full gender parity every month — if anything, it has been unbalanced in the direction of more women than men some months. We’ve also had a ton of debuts, and I love working with and mentoring new constructors — we average five debuts a month, so that means we’ve probably had in the neighborhood of 60 first-timers in the LAT since I took over, including 28 so far in 2023. There’s still work I need to do to improve cultural and ethnic diversity in the constructors and the content, of course, and that’s part of the commitment I’ve made to improving the puzzles overall.”

The latest entry in the New York Times series “60 Seconds with a Constructor” welcomes Christina Iverson as Associate Puzzle Editor.

Congratulations to everyone who has recently made crossword debuts!

New York Times: Sam Buttrey (4/6), Robin Yu (4/13), Clay Haddock (4/14), Mike Hobin (4/16), Katherine Baicker (4/17), Kiran Pandey (4/18), Catherine Cetta (5/8), Spencer Leach (5/13).

Los Angeles Times: Sean Ziebarth (4/4), Adam Arvidson (4/13), Juliet Corless (4/18), Garrett Chalfin (4/23), Stacey McCullough (4/30), Max Schlenker (5/4), Francie Jones (5/5), Margaret Hurley (5/17), Kelly Richardson (5/25), Andrew Anker (5/26), Rose Sloan (5/28);

USA Today: Jimmy Peniston (5/15).


Contest Crosswords Combating Cancer (CCCC) is a bundle of 16 contest-style (meta) crosswords organized by Will Pfadenhauer to help raise money for cancer-related organizations. The puzzles are easy-to-medium in difficulty (for both the grids and the metas). Make a donation of any amount to the cancer-related organization of your choice to get the puzzles. More details are available at CrosswordsForCancer.com.

A-to-Z Crosswords 2023 is open for registration on Kickstarter. Puzzles are daily 9×11 pangrams written by Frank Longo and Peter Gordon. At $14 for the series that’s $0.16 per puzzle. The subscription begins in early June.

Puzzlesnacks Plus Volume 2 by Eric Berlin is available now. 20 variety puzzles, this time bigger and more challenging. $7.99

These Puzzl3s Fund Abortion, Grids 4 Kids, and Puzzles for Democracy are still available — along with TPFA merch!

National Treasures is a free puzzle hunt available at The Puzzle Society. This series of ten word games and puzzles is presented in a detective story format rich with narrative.

We’re sad to see The Crosswords Club discontinued. The longtime puzzles-by-mail subscription added an electronic delivery in recent years and was for our money the highest-quality option for 21x puzzles out there. The June 2023 issue will be the last. We’re grateful to Patti Varol for her great editing work and Penny Publications for their support over the years.

Ross Trudeau announced on his site that he will stop posting puzzles weekly on Sundays, as he has done weekly since March 2020 (and biweekly for a bit prior to that). Two pull quotes we’ll highlight from his reflections:

“I suspect puzzles here will appear on the order of, oh, 1-2 a month, but who knows!”

“There’s a silver lining though. My motivation for letting this and other future Sundays pass with no new puzzle–I’ll keep sharing them irregularly–is that I have new and exciting puzzle projects on the horizon. I encourage you to continue to check back here for updates in the coming months.”

Ross isn’t the only one lately to use “new and exciting projects on the horizon” language, so we’re looking forward to new developments on the scene, whatever they might be.


Stella Zawistowski posted “Decrypting the Cryptic: Resources!” as a list of sources for those looking to get into solving cryptic crosswords.

Tracy Bennett, associate puzzle editor for the New York Times appeared on a recent episode of The, Art of Sway. She discussed gender in crosswords, the social appeal of Wordle, and her own solving strategies.

The Aesthetics of Crossword Puzzles” by Robbie Kubala published in the British Journal of Aesthetics in March explores the three sources of aesthetics in crossword puzzles: “the experience of one’s own agency, the visual appeal of grid art, and the literary pleasures of idiomatic language” using examples of puzzles and commentary from across the puzzle landscape.

The Labor of Play” by Ben Tausig for Public Books Magazine includes short interviews with puzzle and game writers Adrienne Raphel and Oliver Roeder.


Some ACPT 2023 retrospectives and media that we enjoyed:

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Black Crossword: Mini by Juliana Pache. .pdf, online.
Crosshare Community: Daily Mini and Featured Puzzles.
The Daily Princetonian: Magically Delicious by Claire Kaneshiro and Jaeda Woodruff. Online.
The Daily Princetonian: Sniffed Out (Mini) by Simon Marotte. Online.

LuterCross: A Game of Chance by Matthew Luter. .pdf, .puz, online.
Metas On A Tuesday: To Really Foul Things Up Requires a Computer (Meta) by benchen71. .puz, .pdf, online.
Olio Grids: Fresh Starts by Brian Callahan. .pdf, online.
Pixlate’s Puzzles: Evil Birds by Pixlate. .pdf, online.

See 17-Across: Talking in Circles by Brandon Koppy. .pdf, online.
YourPuzzleSource: Daily Puzzle (Midi) by Phil Fraas. .pdf, online.

Boswords Themeless League: ($) Week 7 by Kate Hawkins. Competitors have all week to complete the puzzle. Late registrants welcome.
Crossword Club: Daily Crossword: April 18, 2023 by Kate Chin Park. .pdf, online.
Crossword Nation: ($) You Are Joking! by Elizabeth C. Gorski. Subscribe at link.
Lil AVC X: ($) RODENTS, we’re RODENTS; we’re the RODENTS by Nijah Morris. Subscribe at link.

The Atlantic Mini: by Paolo Pasco. .pdf, online.
Crosswords with Friends: TV Tuesday by Stella Zawistowski. App Store | Google Play
Crosswords with Friends: Midi Puzzle by Nate Cardin. App Store | Google Play
Crosswords with Friends: Mini Puzzle by Jeff Chen. App Store | Google Play
Daily Beast: She’ll Play It Again, Tue, Apr 18, 2023 by Matt Gaffney. .pdf, online.
Daily POP Crosswords: by Samuel A. Donaldson. App Store | Google Play, online.
Los Angeles Times: by Juliet Corless. Online, pdf. Free Cruciverb account for .puz.
Los Angeles Times Mini: by Elizabeth Gorski. Online.
The Modern Crossword: Tuesday, April 18, 2023 by Anna Gundlach. Online, .pdf.
New York Sun: ($) Themeless by Tyler Hinman. Reissues from 2004.
New York Times: ($) by Kiran Pandey. Online, .pdf, app.
New York Times Mini: by Joel Fagliano. Online, app.
The New Yorker: The Crossword: Tuesday, April 18, 2023 by Anna Shechtman. .pdf, online.
Newsday: April Rain by Billie Truitt. Online, .pdf, backup online.
The Telegraph: Cross Atlantic by Jason Crampton. Online.
Universal: What a Spread! by Justin Werfel. Online, pdf. .puz.
USA Today: Etc, Etc, Etc by Wendy L. Brandes. Online, .pdf, app.
Vox: by Juliana Tringali Golden. .pdf, online.
Vulture 10×10: The Dracula Puzzle by Malaika Handa. .pdf, online.
The Wall Street Journal: Misfiled by Mike Shenk. Online, .pdf. .puz.
Washington Post Daily Mini Meta: by Andrew White & Pete Muller. Online, .pdf.

Aries Puzzles: ($) Rows Garden #10.16 by Andrew J. Ries. Subscribe at link.
Garden Party: ($) Rows Garden #6.16 by Michael Blake. Subscribe at link.
Hoyt Arcane: Weekly Freebie (Diagramless) by Hoyt Arcane. .pdf.

Keynesian Cryptics: Shot in the Dark by Jack Keynes. .pdf, online.
Outside The Box: ($) Rows Garden #8.30 by joon pahk. Subscribe at link.

Financial Times: FT Crossword: Number 17,390 by Buccaneer. .pdf.
The Globe and Mail: The Daily Cryptic Crossword. .pdf, online.
The Guardian: Cryptic crossword No 29,047 by Pangakupu. .pdf, online.
The Hindu Cryptic: 13842 by Crescent. .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

Late February Crossworld News & Notes

The Inkubator has announced it will cease operations at the end of 2023 in an email to subscribers:

After much careful thought, the Inkubator team has made the decision that 2023 will be our last year as a subscription service. We’ve had a wonderful four years with your support, surpassing our original goal of spending two years publishing new and emerging women and nonbinary constructors.

The Inkubator will continue as a community of constructors, and we’re excited for future directions and collaborations. In the meantime, we’re extending our current deadline for submissions until February 15, and we have an excellent slate of puzzles lined up for the next few weeks. We look forward to solving together with all of you this year.

We have a close relationship with the Inkubator team and offer our gratitude for both a great run and their leadership in the community. It has moved the needle, without a doubt.


A lovely piece from Liz Maynes-Aminzade at The New Yorker, “Will Shortz’s Life in Crosswords,” covers Will’s long career in puzzles. From all of us at DCL, echoing the sentiments we’ve heard from across the crossword community, we’re happy for Will for coming out publicly and finding love at 70.


ACPT is only five weeks away! We look forward to seeing many of you there. For those who can’t attend, the Virtual Tournament sponsored by Amuse Labs is an affordable way to participate and compete from afar. It includes live streams of all the tournament puzzles as well as other in-person events.


Congratulations to Paolo Pasco, winner of the Boswords Winter Wondersolve, and to second and third place finishers Will Nediger and Tyler Hinman. Congrats also to Frisco and Chauffeur, who won the Blizzard pairs division, Brian Lipinski, winner of the Flurry individual division, and Kristy and Wendy Gardner, winners of the Flurry pairs division.

Congratulations to Matthew Luter, whose puzzle was chosen through the open submission process to join the Boswords Spring Themeless League. The League begins with the preseason puzzle this Monday, February 27. A new practice puzzle from Chandi Deitmer and John Lieb is available for free.

In even more Boswords news, the annual summer tournament is now set for Sunday, July 23, with both in-person and virtual options.


These Puzzl3s Fund Abortion, the third annual TPFA pack organized by Rachel Fabi and co-edited by Rachel, Brooke Husic, and Claire Rimkus, is coming this spring in time for the 2023 NNAF Fund-a-Thon. We are excited about this year’s all-star constructor lineup and look forward to their puzzles.

We’re pleased to share that Grids for Kids has raised over $6,000 for youth charities so far, including The Trevor Project and No Kid Hungry. Written and edited by constructors who are also parents, it includes 17 standard crosswords with family-friendly themes, 2 cryptic puzzles, and 6 puzzles for younger solvers. Make a donation of at least $10 USD to receive the puzzles.


Since the last News & Notes, Nijah Morris (2/12), Kavin Pawittranon (2/12), Eric Rollfing (2/13), and Sean Ziebarth (2/15) made their NYT debuts. Congratulations to everyone!

On the February 10 episode, “Cut to Wabbit Season,” of the Crossnerds podcast with Brooke Husic and Rebecca Neipris, Brooke discusses the expansion of the Lil AVC X editing team, the importance of the constructor-editor relationship in cultivating a better solving experience, and (the lack of) gender diversity in The New York Times crossword.

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. Puzzles constructed by previous classes are available for solving from Atlas Obscura: “Marvel, Extended Universe” and “Alpha and Omega.”

It’s been a while since we’ve mentioned Spread the Wordlist by Brooke Husic and Enrique Henestroza Anguiano, but now is a good time as the most recent quarterly update includes some structural changes to simplify the wordlist for constructors. It also surpassed 100,000 entries scored at 50+ for the first time. This is a fabulous free resource for new and veteran constructors alike, and we’re grateful to Brooke and Enrique for their continued work on it.

A Community of Crosswords” in the latest issue of Barnard Magazine comprises three short but delightful conversations with alums Rebecca Goldstein, Rebecca Gray, and Gustie Owens about their work in crosswords.

In the NYT Gameplay article “A Puzzle Maker Aims to Unite Black Communities in 25 Squares” by Deb Amlen, Juliana Pache speaks about her mission to inspire communities from across the Black diaspora to learn more about each other. Juliana publishes a free daily mini at Black Crossword, with plans to expand.

We may have mentioned it before, but it’s been a minute: Cross Your Heart by Laura Effinger-Dean is a free, open-source Android app for crossword solving, with lots of features such as downs-only mode, autocheck, pen/pencil toggle, scrambled puzzle support, and an undo button. Supports .puz files only.

The February issue of GAMES World of Puzzles features a Q&A with puzzlemaker Fred Piscop, who shares info about his new book, “The Healthy Brain Book of Word Puzzles.” The book includes Split Decisions (R) and plenty of other great puzzles.

We’ve added a few new sources to our daily list recently: Check out puzzles from Boston Magazine by Brendan Emmett Quigley, Barron’s, and The Hindu Cryptic. We’re also watching a handful of new-to-us college newspapers: Amherst, Rice, Columbia, Penn, and Michigan.

We’d like to remind everyone that the ability to download and print NYT variety and acrostic puzzles will be discontinued on February 26, and they’ll be removed from the archive beginning March 1—so solve, print, and save them while we still can.

We 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.