Welcome to patrickblindauer.com! Happy August!

This month's crossword (available via the Play button pulldown) provides a gentle challenge and features a twist on a classic theme. I hope you enjoy it.

Not long now until Lollapuzzoola 7: It Ain't Over 'til It's Over! (happening August 9th in NYC). Be sure and preregister early so we know how many pencils to sharpen! The roster of constructors this year includes Cathy Allis, Patrick Berry, Mike Nothnagel, Tony Orbach, Doug Peterson, and myself. We also have some surprises in store, so please join us, won't you? If you can't make it in person, consider competing in our At-Home Division and know that you will be missed.

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

Best,
Patrick

Puzzling News

  • Will Shortz's 38th Annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament will run March 27-29, 2015 at the Stamford Marriott in Stamford, CT. Come join in the fun and have a beer with me (or a root beer, if you're not old enough for a beer yet--I'm looking at you, Steinberg!).
  • What did Rex Parker think of the NYT crossword today? Was it smooth as Silk or crunchy and Krozelly? Did he blaze through in record time or get hung up in a corner thanks to the totally wack BHT? Did he think it contained any Naticks (and what the heck is a Natick, anyway)?
  • What did Crossword Fiend and Co. think of the major crosswords today?
  • wordplay
    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.

Xword University (College Puzzlefest)

I've launched my 5th Puzzlefest (an interconnected collection of crosswords with a final answer) and you can join in the festivities! Enroll now to be invited to join the Google Group, solve the meta-puzzle, and earn your Honorary Bachelor's Degree in Enigmatology.

 

Get the entire scoop here!

Lollapuzzoola 7:
It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over!

For the 7th year in a row, solvers will gather in a church basement to solve creative crosswords, play games, and have a gay old time in a tournament called Lollapuzzoola. You need be neither gay nor old to compete, but it probably wouldn't hurt. We don't discriminate based on anything, so come one, come all (even you, Steinberg)! Oh, and look at that: we're on Wikipedia.

American Values Club Crossword

The AVCX is an independent weekly crossword edited by Ben Tausig. Its current constructors are Aimee Lucido, Brendan Emmett Quigley, Byron Walden, Caleb Madison, Francis Heaney, Ben Tausig, Tyler Hinman, Zoe Wheeler and me!

 

The themes tend to be highly original and are often wickedly funny, 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 clearly have no taste.