Thursday, 30 July 2020

"Better than a repository." - Fill Me In

Lollapuzzoola opened registration today for their online tournament Saturday, August 15. Normally held in New York City, Lollapuzzoola was my first crossword tournament (in 2017), and has a special place in my heart. It will be worth your time, and there is a “Next Day,” solve-at-home option, of course.

The Kickstarter for the second round of A-to-Z Crosswords has three days left and has not yet met its goal. If you didn’t subscribe to the first round, Peter Gordon and Frank Longo provide daily bite-size 9x11 puzzles that use every letter in the alphabet — a nice change of pace from 15x15 grids. Fun Size #4 by Adam Aaronson. .puz, .pdf, online.
Brain Candy: Theatre Thursday by Amanda Rafkin. .puz, .pdf, online.
BEQ: Oh! 
by Brendan Emmett Quigley. .puz, .pdf, online.
Daily Beast: Going Greek by Matt Gaffney. Online, .pdf.
Bewilderingly: ($) Give Me A Hand by Will Nediger. Subscribe at link.
A to Z Crosswords: ($) #82 by Frank Longo and Peter Gordon. Subscribe and receive past puzzles at link.

Update: Previously I had a paragraph here about a separate post detailing decisions I made about setting a bar for puzzle quality in these emails and considering when and how many cryptics to include. I got some pretty quick feedback from people I respect and that post is pretty much entirely obsolete. More to come.

USA Today: State Names 
by Brooke Husic & Evan Kalish. Online, app, pdf
Universal: Stock Exchange by David Alfred Bywaters. Online, pdf. .puz
Los Angeles Timesby Roland Huget. Online, pdf. Free Cruciverb account for .puz.
New York Times: ($) by Joel Fagliano. Online, .pdf, .puz, phone app.
The Wall Street Journal: It’s Time To Turn In by David Alfred Bywaters. Online, .pdf, .puz
Newsday: Make-It-Yourself by Billie Truitt. Link direct to .pdf. Online.

Out of Left Field: ($) Cryptic #18 by Joshua Kosman & Henri Picciotto. Patreon subscription.
Aries Puzzles: Spiral by Andrew J. Ries. .pdf, .rgz.

I will be adding 1Across to the cryptic lineup after solving two of their puzzles this week. They’re a step out from the links I’ve previously included (cryptic-only, international setters), but I really, really, enjoyed both solves. From a quick glance, most of their puzzles are themed, which is a big plus in my book.

Crosswords with Friends: by Nate Cardin. App. App Store | Google Play
Daily POP Crosswords: by Alan Olschwang. App. App Store | Google Play
LA Times Mini: by Elizabeth Gorski. Online.
The Atlantic Mini: by Caleb Madison. Online.
The New York Times Mini: by Joel Fagliano. Online, app.

Hard Crossword: archival puzzle from Stan Newman
Easy Crossword: archival puzzle from Stan Newman

My Puzzle Sources Google Sheet is here. Please tweet me at @gritzmac if I’m missing any puzzles so I can solve them myself and consider including them.