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

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Oct 30, 2020

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...


Sep 2, 2020

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...


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, 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...