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The best—er, nerdiest—crossword puzzle podcast in the whole wide cruciuniverse.

Aug 11, 2020

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...


Jul 3, 2020

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...


Jun 21, 2020

For the 45-year-old kid in all of us, it's a brand! new! episode! of ✨📣🤓🤘Crossnerds🤘🤓📣✨! Pro puzzler Eric Berlin (@puzzleeric) 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...


Jan 5, 2020

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...


Nov 30, 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...