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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Stranger Crossword

posted by on November 27 at 17:32 PM

We run a crossword every week in the print edition of the paper—by the lovely and talented Brendan Emmett Quigley—and we were wondering…

Is anyone out there actually doing it?

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I only do the Junior Jumble™

Posted by Paulus | November 27, 2007 5:39 PM

Had no idea you even had one.

Posted by StrangerDanger | November 27, 2007 5:44 PM


Is that what it is?

I thought it was that Sudoku thing.

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 27, 2007 5:47 PM

What the fuck? Where the hell is the crossword? How long has it been running? What kind of joke are you pulling here?

Posted by Mr. Poe | November 27, 2007 5:48 PM

I read the Stranger's weekly print multiple times a week. I've been sloppy about the last 3 or so issues, since I haven't been in town much, but still. I can't recall ever seeing a crossword. Ever.

Is it embedded in ads?

Posted by Mr. Poe | November 27, 2007 5:50 PM


Posted by emjava | November 27, 2007 5:51 PM

No, but I really like the name "Brendan Emmett Quigley." That's hot.

Posted by Katelyn | November 27, 2007 5:51 PM

This has got to be a joke.

Posted by kid icarus | November 27, 2007 5:52 PM

You run a crossword every week, but you only run Control Tower every other week? What the hell is wrong with you?

Posted by Erik | November 27, 2007 5:54 PM

This is pure bullshit. And now I'm plowing through my archives looking for one (I, uh, keep every copy I grab). And if this is a joke, I will hate you for this Dan.

Posted by Mr. Poe | November 27, 2007 5:54 PM

Yes! And I did it when Clark Humphrey wrote it too! I am officially 90 years old.

Posted by Eric F | November 27, 2007 5:54 PM

what crossword?

Posted by Bellevue Ave | November 27, 2007 5:55 PM

Hm. Perhaps we haven't worked hard enough to let folks know where it is. It's on the second-to-last page, with Matisse/Science, Blowjob, Get Your War On, American Affairs Desk, across from I Saw U, Free Will Astrology, Maakies, and Perry Bible Fellowship.

Hm. It is kind of a crowded spot. Maybe it's getting lost in the hubbub.

Posted by Dan Savage | November 27, 2007 5:56 PM

Well it isn't in any of the issues I decided to keep, unless you just started running it.

Wherever it is, replace it with something Adrian!.

Posted by Mr. Poe | November 27, 2007 6:01 PM

Umm, if I see it I'll do it...

Posted by UC | November 27, 2007 6:03 PM

It's also online (and printable!) every week at!

Posted by Ari Spool | November 27, 2007 6:05 PM

Needless to say, there's a crossword in The Stranger? Also, there's a

Posted by Postureduck | November 27, 2007 6:08 PM

Brendan Emmett Quigley!

Posted by Katelyn | November 27, 2007 6:16 PM

There is a crossword? I wouldn't do it if I did see it. I ONLY do the NYT Crossword.

Posted by Just Me | November 27, 2007 6:16 PM

Brendan Emmett Quigley also does puzzles for the NYT, Just Me. You might want to give his Stranger puzzles a gander.

Posted by Dan Savage | November 27, 2007 6:24 PM

So the online address works, Ari, but if there is a link anywhere from the rest of the Stranger site, you've buried it pretty deep.

Posted by Eric in Boulder | November 27, 2007 6:24 PM

I've looked at The Stranger more than most (print and online), and I've never noticed it before either.

Posted by John | November 27, 2007 6:27 PM

this has to be a joke.

i've seen the ads for the sex shops and escorts. but i've never seen a crossword. and i would notice a crossword...

Posted by mao | November 27, 2007 6:28 PM

That's true. We should address that. And get more games and puzzles! (I would do the crossword, but since I have to build the answer page online it always gets ruined.)

Posted by Ari Spool | November 27, 2007 6:30 PM

I do the crossword on a very rare occasion. Probably haven't in months.

Posted by Carl | November 27, 2007 6:35 PM

Well, I've done them almost every week since you started printing them... they're really good crosswords.

Posted by jamier | November 27, 2007 6:40 PM

Put it on the cover next week or two Dan! Then someone might notice it.

Posted by HL | November 27, 2007 6:42 PM

I do it, but I don't count. It's a good one, though.

Posted by Anthony Hecht | November 27, 2007 6:42 PM

There's a print version of The Stranger? You mean like on paper and everything? How quaint.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | November 27, 2007 6:46 PM

Well, per Ari Spool's link it appears these have been running since mid-September? I can't believe you haven't pimped yer crosswords like your Restaurant Guide Reader Reviews.

Posted by kid icarus | November 27, 2007 6:51 PM

You have a print edition???

Posted by david in wedgwood | November 27, 2007 6:53 PM

i love it! i do it every week. the crossword puzzle, that is.

Posted by scary tyler moore | November 27, 2007 6:58 PM

Games, Puzzles childishness in general are Spool's expertise. Will she wear a flesh colored bodysuit for the next Stranger Twister Video Holiday Gide installment. I'll be her Crombie, if she be my b**ch.

Posted by June Babee Play Time | November 27, 2007 7:00 PM

It hasn't been back that long has it? a few months? I noticed it, but I'm not a crossworder. My boyfriend, who IS though, just rediscovered it last week and was pretty excited.

Posted by marigold | November 27, 2007 7:04 PM

If you were running it from 6-2 years ago, I read every print edition, every week, without fail. Sometimes re-reading things I already read out of desperation while on the bus, and I have never seen the crossword. Although, I've only just become interested in crosswords, so maybe I was tuning it out.

Posted by sniggles | November 27, 2007 7:15 PM

Well, I would do it, but you don't deliver to Vancouver, eh? You could put it online, then I'd do it... oh, um... thanks, Ari. =) I'll start doing it, then.

Is there a link to it somewhere off the main site that I've been missing all this time?

Posted by wench | November 27, 2007 7:25 PM

mrs kinkos and i do it faithfully every week. we are super glad you added it as part of the redesign!

Posted by kinkos | November 27, 2007 7:32 PM

Man, I do it every week. And I'm apparently the only person. But I love it. ALL HAIL CROSSWORDS!

Posted by Rev. Syung Myung Me | November 27, 2007 7:42 PM

I'm not a crossworder, but I am a crossdresser. Does that count?

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | November 27, 2007 7:48 PM

The message on the spine last week..."I should have thought this through"

Is that Frizzelle or Seling?

Just wondering!!

Posted by question | November 27, 2007 7:57 PM

Yes, and thank you.

Posted by thehim | November 27, 2007 7:57 PM

Sorry. No idea you even had one. But in my defense: (A) I've pretty much switched to the online version and only rarely pick up the olde fashioned paper version anymore, and (B) even if I'd seen it, I'm not into crosswords, so I wouldn't give a shit anyway.

Posted by SDA in SEA | November 27, 2007 8:01 PM

Yep, I've done the crossword a couple times in the last two months... they're pretty impressive. Very long answers that all stack together... how the hell does he do it?

Posted by Uncle Vinny | November 27, 2007 8:02 PM

I did it for the first time last week. I was expecting it to be naughtier.

Posted by SeattleBrad | November 27, 2007 8:19 PM

sweet. i will check it out online.

Posted by JustAnotherJen | November 27, 2007 8:27 PM


Posted by catie | November 27, 2007 8:29 PM

I've done it a few times, but I rarely pick up the print copy anymore. I get my stranger fix online now....

Though, I do sit and reread articles while waiting for dates/friends at coffee shops/bars. One suggestion... maybe move it away from the backwoods section. Call me old fashioned, but when I read a print paper I start at the front and move to the back. If I'm waiting for someone, they usually show up before I get that far back.

Yes, the world should adjust to accommodate me and my habits.

Posted by Phelix | November 27, 2007 8:55 PM

Never heard of it.

Posted by keith | November 27, 2007 9:14 PM

I'll do the crossword if you bring back Birch. Deal?

Posted by gnossos | November 27, 2007 9:17 PM

I do them at work, in the down time while waiting for my computer to process images.

I start at the back of The Stranger. First: Maakies. Then, all the rest of the cartoons and weird shit on the last two inside pages. Then Savage Love. Then Last Days.

Then I sorta idly leaf through the rest. It is still better than any other paper out there. I'm a compulsive reader, and go through three newspapers a day. Five, if I get Brand X and The Stranger on the same day (Why does your delivery to Everett suck so much?)

Posted by Dr_Awesome | November 27, 2007 9:40 PM

I have actually complained about this crossword numerous times in the past. I fail to understand how all the clues can always point to obscene and offensive answers, most of which do not fit properly into the spaces provided. This results in frequent erasures and overwritings to the point where I frequently tear through the paper itself sometimes through as many as ten pages at once. While I enjoy the activity of doing the crossword I would like to request that the page in question is printed on slightly more sturdy paper.

Posted by Alex | November 27, 2007 9:41 PM


Posted by Amelia | November 27, 2007 9:42 PM

There's a crossword?

Posted by Greg | November 27, 2007 9:59 PM

They are kind of easy and short, but when I have no yarn it's one way not to knit for 30 minutes. If free porn were better I wouldn't use it at all, though. I'd put the time in to improving the quality of free porn (twink most certainly does not mean a skeleton with pallid skin draped over it - THAT is nothing at like a Twinkie, not in the least).

Posted by kinaidos | November 27, 2007 10:07 PM

I got so excited when i saw y'all were bringing back the crossword a few weeks ago! I missed it a bunch. And, yes, I am an old, old lady.

Posted by crystal conners | November 27, 2007 10:15 PM

thanks for the heads up! I will definitely be doing it now. My bf and I love quigley's puzzles. You scored.

Posted by finocchio68 | November 27, 2007 10:17 PM

Well, after all of that...I will starting working it now.

Posted by wiseblood | November 27, 2007 10:21 PM

Shameless whoring of comic about crosswords that I found funny at the link!

Posted by Joseph | November 27, 2007 10:25 PM

You have a print edition?

Posted by James | November 27, 2007 10:28 PM

OK, I didn't know it was there.

Can those of us from out-of-town please, please, pretty please get it in a .puz format to download and play at our leisure?

Some of us like our palm pilots. And have even used them to read your books...

Posted by J | November 27, 2007 10:42 PM

I can't believe there's any part of that paper that I've never noticed. But. . .

There's a crossword?

Posted by violet_dagrinder | November 27, 2007 11:00 PM

First I've heard of it. Who reads the paper any more anyway? I only SLOG.

Posted by Gabe Global | November 27, 2007 11:15 PM

I've gotten all but four this week. That "At the Viper Room" clue is killing me.

Oh, and Ecce Homo really didn't need a reference in the crossword. Are you guys gluttons for punishment?

Posted by keshmeshi | November 27, 2007 11:55 PM

No retronyms - then I'm outta here...

Posted by 69 DOWN PAT | November 28, 2007 12:25 AM

Actually, if you made it an interactive crossword online, I would totally use it. The Onion AV Club has one, which is good fun.

Posted by laterite | November 28, 2007 12:42 AM

Now that I know you guys have one, I'll be printing it out and doing it at work! Woo Hoo!

Posted by Wes | November 28, 2007 1:10 AM

Now that I know you guys have one, I'll be printing it out and doing it at work! Woo Hoo!

Posted by Wes | November 28, 2007 1:10 AM

I noticed it the first week you printed it. You people who didn't see it are probably high on something. Probably because you're snorting shit off Pony"s toilet. The crossword is awesome, but you need to be more forthcoming (less lazy) with the solution.

Posted by flash gaordon | November 28, 2007 1:41 AM

What if SGN had a crossword puzzle? Now that would be a spelling challenge.

Posted by Lawrence Molloy | November 28, 2007 7:45 AM

I love crosswords but the Stranger puzzle is always too hard for me.

Posted by Brook | November 28, 2007 8:18 AM

I love crosswords but the Stranger puzzle is always too hard for me.

Posted by Brook | November 28, 2007 8:19 AM

If you like doing the Stranger's crosswords you should try "Cricklers". It's a cool daily online news puzzle.

Posted by Cato | November 28, 2007 9:10 AM

Oh man! I have to start picking up the print edition of The Stranger now. B.E. Quigley is a musician/crossword constructor. Marc Romano's Crossworlds book features Quigley.

Thanks for letting us know, Dan!

Posted by i love my hourlong commute | November 28, 2007 9:15 AM

Make it playable online and I'd totally do it!

Posted by crystina | November 28, 2007 9:34 AM

Is that a crossword puzzle or an eye chart? Is that 1 point font on the clues?

I know the escort ads pay the bills, but if you could dedicate just a little more space to the puzzle, it would be more usable.

I like the online suggestion too.

Posted by Mahtli69 | November 28, 2007 9:40 AM

Yes! I really enjoy it and find the difficulty level to be just about right.

Posted by bryan | November 28, 2007 10:28 AM

Since I've moved to CA & can't get a print version of the paper anymore (poor me), a puzzle playable online would be great.

Posted by Megan | November 28, 2007 1:03 PM

Brendan Emmett Quigley is one of my all time favorite puzzlers. Will Shortz is also a huge fan. He generally runs Quigley on Saturdays and Sundays and actually has published Quigs in a few exclusive collection books.

Do NOT stop your publication of Quigs' crosswords. Mostly because I can't find the same puzzles anywhere. Trust me, I've looked.

Crosswords are my personal daily god.

Posted by Gabriel | November 28, 2007 1:19 PM

@ 63

"At the Viper Room"?

INLA. Tricky, tricky.

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