Sinopse

Two nerds in Brooklyn and the New York Times crossword. What more could you want? Rebecca Ryder Neipris and Jack Reeves talk about the week's puzzle, and other geeky stuff.

Episódios

  • Laura Braunstein Will Take You There

    Laura Braunstein Will Take You There

    30/10/2020 Duração: 39min

    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 tournament? YES? ME TOO THAT'S SO AMAZING THIS PODCAST IS FOR YOU!!!!!!! Welcome to Crossnerds' SERENITY NOW special! To distract you from living your worst nightmares, we hit the (digital) books and get absolutely learnt with Laura Braunstein (@laurabrarian): accomplished constructor, speed-solver, and commentator, plus founder and editor of The Inkubator, which publishes puzzles exclusively by women (cis, trans, and woman-aligned). Looking for MORE FUN STUFF TO DO? VOTE Wear a mask Subscribe to The Inkubator (@InkubatorXWords) at inkubatorcrosswords.com Take Laura and Jesse Lansner's free online crossword-constructing classes on November 17, 2020 or December 15, 2020.   XOXOXO, Xnerds.

  • Good Grid, Its Sid!

    Good Grid, It's Sid!

    02/09/2020 Duração: 47min

    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 tournament Lollapuzzoola. Meanwhile, I was eating a popsicle. We gab about the wonders of the crossword community, the beauty of indie publishing, and Important Topix such as: Lexical gatekeeping The dangers of specialization Constructor credit as a commodity Crosswords vs. Scrabble Sizeism (in puzzles, ahem) Cryptics in India, Britain, and the US SUPPORT Crossnerds ON PATREON! Then visit some of the indie sites word-upped in this episode: Themelesses: Bryan Thomas on Puzzles That Need A Home Clues to make you smile: Amanda Rafkin's Brain Candy Freshest fill: Adam Nicolle, luckystreak xwords Puzzles by Crossword Jesus: A-Frame Games Brain-benders: Stella Zawistowski's Tough As Nails Liz Gorski'

  • Lets Be Friends with Brooke and Sid

    Let's Be Friends with Brooke and Sid

    11/08/2020 Duração: 48min

    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 ever so much more! Check out Brooke's and Sid's puzzles at Lollapuzzoola 13 (this Saturday, 8/15!) and on Sid's indie puzzle site, sidsgrids.com. They're also active on crossword Twitter: @xandraladee and @sid_sivakumar. Masks up, ducklings!

  • A. Ladee Made Your Crossword Puzzle, Ep. 1

    A. Ladee Made Your Crossword Puzzle, Ep. 1

    03/07/2020 Duração: 54min

    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 storm, publishing in USA Today, the American Values Club Crossword, and several other indie outlets in the last month alone. Many thanks to Sid Sivakumar (who recently made his own DEBUT! in the New York Times crossword) for hosting the Crossnerds collabzzle on his site, Sid’s Grids. https://www.sidsgrids.com/post/puzzle-38-crossnerds-themeless-by-brooke-husic-rebecca-neipris

  • Nerding Out with Eric Berlin

    Nerding Out with Eric Berlin

    21/06/2020 Duração: 31min

    For the 45-year-old kid in all of us, Pro puzzler Eric Berlin (@puzzleeric) joins for a FAB! NEW! EP! of ✨

  • Chris King and the Island of Misfit Words

    Chris King and the Island of Misfit Words

    05/01/2020 Duração: 35min

    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 and awkward abbreviations.

  • OPEN WIDE! | The Giving Of Thanks 2019

    OPEN WIDE! | The Giving Of Thanks 2019

    30/11/2019 Duração: 49min

    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 for your listens and support. Please dig in. If you like us, please give us all the stars and comment in iTunes! Or just keep listening. Or both. Ideally both. But we'll take either. Happy holidaze!

  • LINES OF WORK | 2 Nerdy 2 Email-Curious

    LINES OF WORK | 2 Nerdy 2 Email-Curious

    20/10/2019 Duração: 31min

    Welcome to Qrossnerds: a v spesh ep featuring Nate Cardin (@naytnaytnayt), who joins host REBECCA NEIPRIS to talk about Queer Qrosswords, representation in puzzles, and creating a safe space in crossworld‒one in which everyone can feel seen. Plus! Your weekly dose of New York Times crossword puzzle analysis, for 10/11/2019 - 10/15/2019. Enjoi!

  • WELL, WELL, WELL, IF IT ISNT ... | You démodé, bae

    WELL, WELL, WELL, IF IT ISN'T ... | You démodé, bae

    13/09/2019 Duração: 31min

    Ground... nut... Meg? Featuring New Yorker contributor Natan Last! "It ain't my fault that I'm out here makin' news," my grandmother used to say. "I'm the pudding in the proof/ Gotta blame it on the New York Times crossword puzzle." And then we would watch this animation of Dock Ellis's LSD no-hitter together. Over and over. And over again. Then I grew up to be a totally normal human and Natan and I talked about the daily New York Times crossword puzzle, 9/4/19 - 9/8/19.

  • FLIP PHONES | ( -☞´◔‿ゝ◔`)-☞

    FLIP 'PHONES | ( -☞´◔‿ゝ◔`)-☞

    08/07/2019 Duração: 32min

    Welcome to the last-past week in the finest New York Times crossword puzzle analysis on the PLANET! This week, Rebecca "Etui 2020" Neipris and Natan "Crazy But Unbelievable" Last discuss bracketologists. kaomoji, who knows or does not know Tolkien (cough, Natan), and the cultural influence of the filme "Independence Day." We're talking #NYTXW, 6/24/19 - 6/30/19. Enjoi!

  • TAKE TWO | McDevito and the Radioactive Bananas

    TAKE TWO | McDevito and the Radioactive Bananas

    26/06/2019 Duração: 42min

    Hold on to your seashells: we're BACK, beaches!! And we're joined by crossword constructor and individual human Natan Last, whose esteemed puzzles have been published in the New Yorker, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and ever so many more. This week, we take on ice McQueens, good "oh"s, Chaka Khan, and oodles more. It's the week in New York Times crossword puzzles, 6/17/19 - 6/23/19. What's beyond the #NYTXW? Check out newyorker.com/crossword/puzzles-dept and crosswordnation.com/.

  • ★Very Special Episode★ Interview with Erik Agard

    ★Very Special Episode★ Interview with Erik Agard

    02/04/2019 Duração: 21min

    Leader of the crossword vanguard, fashion icon, Jeopardy! winner, and all-around stellar human Erik Agard drops by Crossnerds HQ for an eclectic discussion of Soulja Boy/Drake meme, representation in crosswords, land otters, and the history of printers. Also: Erik gets his drag name! Tens across the board.

  • THATS A MOUTHFUL | Kñockout

    THAT'S A MOUTHFUL | Kñockout

    19/02/2019 Duração: 40min

    The approximate history of Balto and some real bushwa: the very best in New York Times crossword puzzle reviewing, performed live on stale air by some Crossnerds! Andy Kravis and Rebecca Neipris. The week in question (and answers): 2/4/19 - 2/10/19. CE.

  • EJECTION LETTERS | Milking our wild oats

    EJECTION LETTERS | Milking our wild oats

    10/02/2019 Duração: 35min

    We're funky! We're fruit-y! We're fair-weather fans of, like, sports! And also of frosted tips 2.0 (heeeeey, Chris Messina)! Or...anyway. Listen to this podcast episode. We talk about the last week in New York Times crossword puzzles, 1/28/19 to 2/3/19. Andy Kravis. Rebecca Neipris. Enjoy.

  • QUESTION OF RESPONSIBILITY | UNEMPLOYMENT LINES | Thank u next

    QUESTION OF RESPONSIBILITY | UNEMPLOYMENT LINES | Thank u next

    03/02/2019 Duração: 58min

    Scandalous acceptances! 90s feels! Diversity! McDLTs! It's double the pleasure, double the fun, same number of Crossnerds: the past two weeks of New York Times crossword puzzles, reviewed by your loyal Crossservants, Andy Kravis and Rebecca Neipris. 1/14/19 - 1/27/19.

  • PARLOR TRICKS | Oh, what an actress!

    PARLOR TRICKS | Oh, what an actress!

    19/01/2019 Duração: 48min

    Prii! 23andNOT me! Did pogs smell bad! And more! Join your two fave crossnerdburgers, Rebecca Neipris and Andy Kravis, for our weekly romp through the past week in New York Times crossword puzzles: 1/7/19 - 1/13/19.

  • BREAKING NEWS | Its 2019

    BREAKING NEWS | It's 2019

    12/01/2019 Duração: 40min

    Happy New Year! Could 2019 be the Year Of The Reckoning for the NYT? The Crossnerds take on the Notorious 2 Down...and ALSO get into the O-zone and the origins of the word "sinister," while Rebecca plays Regis to Andy Kravis's Pat Sajak/Vanna White wheeler/dealer. Hashtag, fortunate. All while discussing the New York Times crossword puzzles from the last week, 12/31/18 to 1/6/19. 

  • WHAT A ZOO! | Lets get wiiierd

    WHAT A ZOO! | Let's get wiiierd

    26/12/2018 Duração: 34min

    Just in time for Candlenights! In this episode, Rebecca Neipris horrifies Andy Kravis with a rendition of "This Is How We Do It," Uzo Aduba rules, and Andy dishes on his first-ever puzzle[fail]! Ta-ta, 2018! The week in NYT crossword puzzles, 12/3/18 - 12/9/18.

  • REPRESENT! | A break in the pursuit of barbarity

    REPRESENT! | A break in the pursuit of barbarity

    06/12/2018 Duração: 49min

    Three-letter words are the four-letter words of crosswords! Also, what is a rebus; authorship matters; and other detours as Andy Kravis and Rebecca Neipris discuss the last week, 11/26/18 - 12/2/18, in New York Times crossword puzzles.

  • SILENT FINALES | To each Clippy his own

    SILENT FINALES | To each Clippy his own

    28/11/2018 Duração: 56min

    Please enjoy this most seasonal episode: veritable cornucopia of knowledge on relevant topics such as "how to take a picture" and "how to wish someone a happy--or not--Thanksgiving." Yes! We're back! Andy Kravis and Rebecca Neipris. Celebrating the past week in New York Times crossword puzzles, 11/19/18 - 11/25/18.

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