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30 Diagramless crosswords emailed to you every other week made by the award winning constructor Brendan Emmett Quigley.
30 Diagramless crosswords emailed to you every other week made by the award winning constructor Brendan Emmett Quigley.
241 backers pledged $7,435 to help bring this project to life.

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Stretchgoal #1: A meta suite  

Wow, that went quick. We were funded just after breakfast this morning. Thanks to everybody who has backed this so far. Let's tinker the project shall we? 

BEQ tinkering
BEQ tinkering

If we get, no scratch that, when we get $8000 pledged, every backer will get a meta suite of puzzles by yours truly. The suite will be five puzzles, each one a different type, each one yielding one answer to be used in a larger meta puzzle. Sounds great? Yeah, I thought so. Let's make this happen.

And now for the old project pitch ...

Okay, you've got my attention.

That's good, because it means a couple things. 

  • For starters, it means that you're probably a fan of the diagramless crossword. You need your fix, and now that the New York Times has cut back on running them, well, don't panic. I've got your back.
  • It also means you know that direct-to-solver is the wave of the future. And I'm glad to see you're on the cutting edge of puzzling.

So, pledge now and you'll get thirty diagramless puzzles emailed to you, every other week for a year (some weeks you'll get two) starting September 28th. It's a no-brainer.

What if I've never done a diagramless before?

You'd probably like them. They're classics for a reason. Diagramlesses are just like normal crosswords, except no grid is given to you to fill in. All you get are the clues and you're on your own. Using logic and your crosswording skills, you can figure out what the pattern looks like. Some of the puzzles have normal symmetry, some have left/right symmetry. Some of them are shaped like pictures (be it the outline, the black squares in the grid, or a combination of both) that tie into the theme somehow. 

Let me try one.

But of course! Right click on the image below, open in a new tab and print out the sample.

Need a starting hint? The grid is 17x17, has left-right symmetry, and 1-Across starts in the third square in the top row.

(Solution for the puzzle is here.)

Why are you the man to make these puzzles?

I've written diagramless puzzles for The New York Times, oh and hey, I'm only the sixth-most published crossword constructor for the Times under Will Shortz's editorship, just sayin'. Plus, Sterling published my book Diagramless Crosswords. And lastly, I'm a three-time Orca award winner for excellence in puzzles including the 2014 Margaret Farrar Constructor of the Year Award.

How can I get in on this?

Simple, pick one of the pledges to your right. There's something for everyone, just the Diagramlesses, a book, a Skype chat, a custom puzzle. Oh, and there are other subscriptions too, my Marching Bands puzzles as well as a year's subscriptions to the American Values Club. It's a puzzle smorgasbord.

Risks and challenges

There's not a single risk here. I've been making puzzles for 20 years now (thank you very much), and I'm prepared to make puzzles for at least another 20 years (give or take ... probably give, depends on when I'm retiring). Long story short, I'm a professional. People love my puzzles for a reason.

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    LET'S DO THIS
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    MOAR PUZZELS
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    LET'S MAKE IT A TRIPLE
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    YOU CAN TALK TO ME
    You'll be set up to receive a year of diagramless puzzles, emailed to you every other week, starting on Monday September 28, 2015, and we'll have an hour-long Skype conversation about puzzles. I can teach you how to make puzzles or I can critique your work.

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    CUSTOMIZE ME
    You'll be set up to receive a year of diagramless puzzles, emailed to you every other week, starting on Monday September 28, 2015, and I'll make you a custom puzzle (crossword or otherwise) to give as a gift to the person of your choosing.

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