Brendan Emmett Quigley's crosswords are awesome

Brendanquigley_lCrossword geeks like myself might recognize Brendan Emmett Quigley’s name from the many New York Times puzzles he’s penned. Like all great crossword constructors, Quigley has a unique style — in his case, it’s heavy on pop-culture references and clever use of slang. So I’m pretty jazzed about his new website,, where he’s been giving away free crossword puzzles of his own invention. They’re packed with even more up-to-the-minute TV/movie/music shout-outs than you’d ever see in a big newspaper puzzle. Last week he did a whole grid (spoiler!) based on the Twilight books, and another one built around a foul-mouthed David Cross punchline. Both were damned tricky but also funny and rewarding.

Quigley made the case for his kind of crosswording in a recent post: "Shouldn’t puzzles reflect the zeitgeist? Shouldn’t puzzles be for the people who can wax poetic about Lost and recite pages upon pages of Lil Wayne lyrics? Can’t puzzles reference both viral videos and video games?" Yes! Exactly! It’s like he’s writing these puzzles expressly for crossword-lovin’, EW-workin’ me. (He also seems to be a possible EW reader, so big props for that.) Anyone else digging Quigley’s puzzles?

More on crossword puzzles:
Crosswording legend Merl Reagle created a special Must List Crossword for us in ’06
"Who’s going to watch a TV show about crosswords?", Annie and Slezak asked. Uh, guys, me?
Crossword documentary Wordplay got a B review, but a solid A on DVD
Lindsay Soll got addicted to Crosswords DS on her Nintendo DS Lite this summer
The Simpsons did a great crossword tie-in ep this season

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  • Anonymous

    Okay, this is weird. I worked with this kid a decade ago, he was an editorial assistant on a tech magazine I edited for. Any time I brought him something to do, he was doing crossword puzzles instead of his job. Well, I guess it’s good for him that he made a name for himself in that field. Who knew?

  • Rex Parker

    BEQ is among the very best constructors alive today. His work is smart and literate and waist-deep in every form of pop culture. He is the future of crosswording. See also the weekly puzzle in The Onion (ed. Ben Tausig).

  • BobS

    AAAGGGHHHH! has taken down the Must List Crossword! What a tease you are! Thanks for the info on BEQ, though — fun for everyday now!

  • Sarra

    I am crazy about him – well, his puzzles. He’s my favorite constructor of all time. My husband teases me, both for having a favorite crossword constructor and for being so fond of BEQ’s puzzles that I can recognize them as his after only a few clues (when I haven’t checked the byline). He’s fantastic. The news about his website made me do a little dance in my chair.

  • Andrea Samperio

    Oh my gOd!
    eW…!! asOme pleaseee don’t sToOp to wriiite abOut twilight pleasee!! =D byye

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