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29 minutes | a month ago
Try-Hard with a Vengeance, starring Milo Beckman
Ok um sooooo why didn’t anyone tell us it’s already 2021??? In honor of the [belated] New Year of the Ox, we mic’ed up Milo Beckman (@milobela), constructor of the January 1, 2021 New York Times crossword puzzle; author of the new book Math Without Numbers; and card-carrying try-hard (his words, not ours). Observed: Singaporean chicken-rice is tasty Math is about to get schooled And more! Milo’s comparison of accepted vs. changed clues: https://twitter.com/milobela/status/1346893142210076672.
39 minutes | 6 months ago
Laura Braunstein Will Take You There
Have you ever wondered... What makes a crossword, like, good, from an editor's-eye view If Laura Braunstein is good at karaoke What Laura Braunstein’s favorite emoji is Whether there is a more graceful option than crying yourself to sleep at night when you’ve had your a** handed to you at a crossword puzzle tournament? YES? ME TOO THAT'S SO AMAZING THIS PODCAST IS FOR YOU!!!!!!! Welcome to Crossnerds' SERENITY NOW special! To distract you from living your worst nightmares, we hit the (digital) books and get absolutely learnt with Laura Braunstein (@laurabrarian): accomplished constructor, speed-solver, and commentator, plus founder and editor of The Inkubator, which publishes puzzles exclusively by women (cis, trans, and woman-aligned). Looking for MORE FUN STUFF TO DO? VOTE Wear a mask Subscribe to The Inkubator (@InkubatorXWords) at inkubatorcrosswords.com Take Laura and Jesse Lansner's free online crossword-constructing classes on November 17, 2020 or December 15, 2020. XOXOXO, Xnerds.
47 minutes | 8 months ago
Good Grid, It's Sid!
Welcome to Crossbirds! We've ALIT beside Sid Sivakumar (@sid_sivakumar) who, in just the last three months, made his debut (6/22), dibut (8/8), and tribut (9/3) in the New York Times; celebrated the yearniversary of his indie crossword blog, Sid's Grids; and contributed puzzles to several charity packs and to xword tournament Lollapuzzoola. Meanwhile, I was eating a popsicle. We gab about the wonders of the crossword community, the beauty of indie publishing, and Important Topix such as: Lexical gatekeeping The dangers of specialization Constructor credit as a commodity Crosswords vs. Scrabble Sizeism (in puzzles, ahem) Cryptics in India, Britain, and the US SUPPORT Crossnerds ON PATREON! Then visit some of the indie sites word-upped in this episode: Themelesses: Bryan Thomas on Puzzles That Need A Home Clues to make you smile: Amanda Rafkin's Brain Candy Freshest fill: Adam Nicolle, luckystreak xwords Puzzles by Crossword Jesus: A-Frame Games Brain-benders: Stella Zawistowski's Tough As Nails Liz Gorski's Crossword Nation Brendan Emmett Quigley Happy Little Puzzles by Matthew Stock Paolo Pasco's Grids These Days Master puzzle newsletter by Matt Gritzmacher
48 minutes | 9 months ago
Let's Be Friends with Brooke and Sid
What's it like to write a crossword puzzle for the New York Times, and why does it matter? Co-constructors of Saturday's puzzle and frequent collaborators (and FRIENDS) Brooke Husic and Sid Sivakumar spill the crossbeans on: Authorship in crosswords The editorial process at the NYT The joy of synchronized puzzling Plus ever so much more! Check out Brooke's and Sid's puzzles at Lollapuzzoola 13 (this Saturday, 8/15!) and on Sid's indie puzzle site, sidsgrids.com. They're also active on crossword Twitter: @xandraladee and @sid_sivakumar. Masks up, ducklings!
54 minutes | 10 months ago
A. Ladee Made Your Crossword Puzzle, Ep. 1
2 many DEBUT!!!!s 2 count in our first-ever two-part episode, which features our first-ever female guest (Brooke Husic) and is accompanied by Rebecca's first-ever crossword puzzle (available here)!! Did we mention: !!!!!!!?!?! Since solving her first New York Times just six months ago, Brooke's taken Crossworld by storm, publishing in USA Today, the American Values Club Crossword, and several other indie outlets in the last month alone. Many thanks to Sid Sivakumar (who recently made his own DEBUT! in the New York Times crossword) for hosting the Crossnerds collabzzle on his site, Sid’s Grids. https://www.sidsgrids.com/post/puzzle-38-crossnerds-themeless-by-brooke-husic-rebecca-neipris
32 minutes | a year ago
Nerding Out with Eric Berlin
For the 45-year-old kid in all of us, Pro puzzler Eric Berlin (@puzzleeric) joins for a FAB! NEW! EP! of ✨📣🤓🤘!!Crossnerds!!🤘🤓📣✨ Eric shares his earliest memories of mysteries, the joy of word games, the pleasure of co-solving, and a list of his favorite outlets and constructors. Word-upped in this episode... Eric Berlin's Social Distancing Puzzles (benefiting Feeding America) Puzzlesnacks The New York Times Crossword Evan Birnholz's Sunday WaPo crosswords Joon Pahk's Outside the Box variety puzzles Nathan Curtis on Patreon Thomas Snyder's Grandmaster Puzzles Crosswords, variety puzzles, and cryptics in the Wall Street Journal Stay safe and healthy, dear listeners!
35 minutes | a year ago
Chris King and the Island of Misfit Words
Come, all ye bell polishers, ye crepe hangers, ye highjohns, ye janes: ring in the New Year with a special dingle dangle to Chris King (@ckingsc)! Gather round yer device of choice and hear tell of thoughtful crossword construction, the best online and indie puzzles, the boon of cluing cities, and the bane of adjectives and awkward abbreviations. 🎊Happy 2020!🎊 Chris is the author of https://chriswords.com/ and "5 Easy-to-Read Crossword Puzzles: Medium-Level Puzzles to Challenge Your Brain." Slang courtesy of A Flapper's Dictionary (1922).
49 minutes | a year ago
OPEN WIDE! | The Giving Of Thanks 2019
Situationships. Popyrights(?). Emu eggs. Rampant mispronunciations. These are but a taste of the ingredients that flava-ed the last week of New York Times crossword puzzles (11/20/19 through 11/27/19). Here to help you digest them all are your trusty (vs. crusty) nerds du jour, Rebecca and Nate Cardin. We're so thankful for your listens and support. Please dig in. If you like us, please give us all the stars and comment in iTunes! Or just keep listening. Or both. Ideally both. But we'll take either. Happy holidaze!
31 minutes | 2 years ago
LINES OF WORK | 2 Nerdy 2 Email-Curious
Welcome to Qrossnerds: a v spesh ep featuring Nate Cardin (@naytnaytnayt), who joins host REBECCA NEIPRIS to talk about Queer Qrosswords, representation in puzzles, and creating a safe space in crossworld‒one in which everyone can feel seen. Plus! Your weekly dose of New York Times crossword puzzle analysis, for 10/11/2019 - 10/15/2019. Enjoi!
32 minutes | 2 years ago
WELL, WELL, WELL, IF IT ISN'T ... | You démodé, bae
Ground... nut... Meg? Featuring New Yorker contributor Natan Last! "It ain't my fault that I'm out here makin' news," my grandmother used to say. "I'm the pudding in the proof/ Gotta blame it on the New York Times crossword puzzle." And then we would watch this animation of Dock Ellis's LSD no-hitter together. Over and over. And over again. Then I grew up to be a totally normal human and Natan and I talked about the daily New York Times crossword puzzle, 9/4/19 - 9/8/19.
33 minutes | 2 years ago
FLIP 'PHONES | ( -☞´◔‿ゝ◔`)-☞
Welcome to the last-past week in the finest New York Times crossword puzzle analysis on the PLANET! This week, Rebecca "Etui 2020" Neipris and Natan "Crazy But Unbelievable" Last discuss bracketologists. kaomoji, who knows or does not know Tolkien (cough, Natan), and the cultural influence of the filme "Independence Day." We're talking #NYTXW, 6/24/19 - 6/30/19. Enjoi!
42 minutes | 2 years ago
TAKE TWO | McDevito and the Radioactive Bananas
Hold on to your seashells: we're BACK, beaches!! And we're joined by crossword constructor and individual human Natan Last, whose esteemed puzzles have been published in the New Yorker, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and ever so many more. This week, we take on ice McQueens, good "oh"s, Chaka Khan, and oodles more. It's the week in New York Times crossword puzzles, 6/17/19 - 6/23/19. What's beyond the #NYTXW? Check out newyorker.com/crossword/puzzles-dept and crosswordnation.com/.
22 minutes | 2 years ago
★Very Special Episode★ Interview with Erik Agard
Leader of the crossword vanguard, fashion icon, Jeopardy! winner, and all-around stellar human Erik Agard drops by Crossnerds HQ for an eclectic discussion of Soulja Boy/Drake meme, representation in crosswords, land otters, and the history of printers. Also: Erik gets his drag name! Tens across the board.
40 minutes | 2 years ago
THAT'S A MOUTHFUL | Kñockout
The approximate history of Balto and some real bushwa: the very best in New York Times crossword puzzle reviewing, performed live on stale air by some Crossnerds! Andy Kravis and Rebecca Neipris. The week in question (and answers): 2/4/19 - 2/10/19. CE.
35 minutes | 2 years ago
EJECTION LETTERS | Milking our wild oats
We're funky! We're fruit-y! We're fair-weather fans of, like, sports! And also of frosted tips 2.0 (heeeeey, Chris Messina)! Or...anyway. Listen to this podcast episode. We talk about the last week in New York Times crossword puzzles, 1/28/19 to 2/3/19. Andy Kravis. Rebecca Neipris. Enjoy.
58 minutes | 2 years ago
QUESTION OF RESPONSIBILITY | UNEMPLOYMENT LINES | Thank u next
Scandalous acceptances! 90s feels! Diversity! McDLTs! It's double the pleasure, double the fun, same number of Crossnerds: the past two weeks of New York Times crossword puzzles, reviewed by your loyal Crossservants, Andy Kravis and Rebecca Neipris. 1/14/19 - 1/27/19.
48 minutes | 2 years ago
PARLOR TRICKS | Oh, what an actress!
Prii! 23andNOT me! Did pogs smell bad! And more! Join your two fave crossnerdburgers, Rebecca Neipris and Andy Kravis, for our weekly romp through the past week in New York Times crossword puzzles: 1/7/19 - 1/13/19.
41 minutes | 2 years ago
BREAKING NEWS | It's 2019
Happy New Year! Could 2019 be the Year Of The Reckoning for the NYT? The Crossnerds take on the Notorious 2 Down...and ALSO get into the O-zone and the origins of the word "sinister," while Rebecca plays Regis to Andy Kravis's Pat Sajak/Vanna White wheeler/dealer. Hashtag, fortunate. All while discussing the New York Times crossword puzzles from the last week, 12/31/18 to 1/6/19.
34 minutes | 2 years ago
WHAT A ZOO! | Let's get wiiierd
Just in time for Candlenights! In this episode, Rebecca Neipris horrifies Andy Kravis with a rendition of "This Is How We Do It," Uzo Aduba rules, and Andy dishes on his first-ever puzzle[fail]! Ta-ta, 2018! The week in NYT crossword puzzles, 12/3/18 - 12/9/18.
50 minutes | 2 years ago
REPRESENT! | A break in the pursuit of barbarity
Three-letter words are the four-letter words of crosswords! Also, what is a rebus; authorship matters; and other detours as Andy Kravis and Rebecca Neipris discuss the last week, 11/26/18 - 12/2/18, in New York Times crossword puzzles.
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