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One year of weekly indie crossword puzzles made by the crew of the former Onion A.V. Club crossword feature.
One year of weekly indie crossword puzzles made by the crew of the former Onion A.V. Club crossword feature.
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The American Values Club crossword is a reincarnation of the beloved, edgy, but now canceled Onion A.V. Club crossword. Generous funding from solvers who enjoy the feature, and want to see it continue independently, will enable us to produce a full year of the puzzle, and hopefully lay the groundwork to continue running it for hundreds more years after that.

The American Values Club weekly xword will be edited by Ben Tausig, and feature contributions from Byron Walden, Aimee Lucido, Tyler Hinman, Brendan Emmett Quigley, Zoe Wheeler, Francis Heaney, Anna Shechtman, Deb Amlen, Caleb Madison, Matt Jones, and Ben Tausig. In other words, the best! (Constructor participation is, of course, subject to change, but the level of quality isn't). As always, expect clues and themes about movies, music, sex, food, drugs ... 

If you've enjoyed the puzzles these past six years, and want more of them, lend us a hand! Or if you haven't, but want to try one of the most exciting and hip independent crosswords in the world, give us a try. We promise lots of dreadful dirty puns in return, as well as some special puzzle contests. Most importantly, we appreciate your generous support. None of this would be possible without the brilliant, engaged solvers we're so lucky to have. Thank you.

P.S. Check out some printable sample puzzles here and here!

P.P.S. We've added new stretch goals! Reaching $15,000 will grant every subscriber free access to the past 12 months of puzzles. At $20,000, we'll fast-track any of the following a) a smooth online solving applet; b) a dedicated iOS and PC-based app based on CRUX; or c) an app for Mac or Android. All of these will support online leaderboards and printing. More to come!

P.P.P.S Missed your chance to donate to the Kickstarter campaign? No problem! Subscriptions will be available throughout the year at avxwords.com

Risks and challenges

Reaching our Kickstarter goal will provide a year of support to produce, edit, and distribute crossword puzzles by some of the best constructors in the business.

We're qualified to overcome the challenges that come with an operation like this because we've been doing it successfully for six years, with exactly this amount of money available. From making to editing puzzles, from distribution to contact with solvers, we've got a lot of collective experience among us.

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    Receive the American Values Club xword from now until the end of 2012.

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    Receive the American Values Club xword from now until the end of 2013!

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    Receive the American Values Club xword from now until the end of 2014! (Two-year subscription)

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    One copy of a book by an American Values Club xword constructor (your choice), in time for the holidays. (Plus a two-year subscription!)

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    Thank-you phone call from an American Values Club xword constructor (your choice; participation may vary). (Plus a two-year subscription and a book!)

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    Ten-year subscription to the American Values Club xword. (And you're locked in even if the price goes up). (Plus a thank-you call and a book!)

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    Four autographed books from various American Values Club xword constructors (your choice). In time for the holidays. (Plus a ten-year subscription and a thank-you call).

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    Tausig makes a custom crossword for you or a loved one! Surprise the xword fan in your life with a personalized puzzle for the holidays. Or hell, insult someone who's wronged you. Tell your boyfriend you're leaving. The content and recipient are totally up to you.

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    Have YOUR puzzle featured in the American Values Club xword. I'll help you if you need it, and you'll be paid $100 for your work to boot. (Plus a ten-year subscription and thank-you call)

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    Brendan Emmett Quigley writes and records a song for you, a friend, or a loved one. Makes a great holiday gift! (Plus a ten-year subscription and four autographed books)

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    American Values Club xword editor Tausig comes to your city, cooks you a square meal, and/or gives you a one-on-one crossword constructing lesson. Ben is a pretty good chef in a number of styles. (Plus a ten-year subscription and four autographed books)

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