Welcome to patrickblindauer.com. Happy August! Have you preregistered for Lollapuzzoola 9 yet? If it's after 8/13 and I haven't updated this yet, did you enjoy it? Did we reach capacity and did the fire marshall have to be called? Perfect.

This month's xword is a moderate 15-by-15 with a final answer at the end (read the note). You can find the puz via the Play button pulldown.

Look around, enjoy yourself, and let me know if there's anything I can do to make your brain happier while you're here!


Puzzling News

  • Will Shortz's 40th Annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament will run March 24-26, 2017 at the Stamford Marriott in Stamford, CT. Come join in the fun!.
  • What did Rex Parker think of the NYT crossword today? Did he blaze through in record time or get hung up in a corner?
  • What did Crossword Fiend and Co. think of the major crosswords today?
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    What did Deb Amlen think of the NYT crossword today?
  • xwordinfo
    What did Jeff Chen have to say about today's NYT crossword?
  • A superb resource for constructors. Cruciverb has terrific search tools, word lists, and more.

Out-of-This-World Space Puzzlefest

It gives me great pleasure to annouce that my next Puzzlefest is now available. It's got a space theme and some really fun puzzles, I think.


For more details, go to my Puzzlefest page.

Lollapuzzoola 9: 8/13/16, NYC

For the 9th year in a row, solvers will gather in a church basement to solve creative crosswords, play games, and have a whoop-de-doo in a tournament called Lollapuzzoola. Oh, and look at that: we're on Wikipedia. Can't make it to NYC? Don't worry--the puzzles (and the bonus meta suite) are available via our At-Home Division. Pre-register here!

American Values Club Crossword

The AVCX is an independent weekly crossword edited by Ben Tausig. Its constructors include me, Aimee Lucido, Ben Tausig, Brendan Emmett Quigley, Byron Walden, Caleb Madison, Erik Agard, Francis Heaney, Kameron Austin Collins, Tyler Hinman, Zoe Wheeler, and other special guests!


The themes tend to be funny/topical, with clues that stretch your brain in different directions and would be rated PG-13 if they were movies. Try one for only $1 and if you don't like it, you now have a new liner for your birdcage.