Welcome to patrickblindauer.com! Happy July!

This month's crossword (available via the Play button pulldown) was created for those brave/foolish souls who are purposely competing in a quickly approaching xword tourney with only half the clues. Consider this your warm-up puzzle. I think the rest of you will enjoy it, too; PDF recommended.

Speaking of: Lollapuzzoola HQ is in full swing preparing for the 7th annual xword tournament: 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 Utz-brand Cheese Balls to get! We've got an exciting roster of constructors lined up; stay tuned for more details.

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 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?
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    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.