After much anticipation, my new book, "Crosswords from the Underground,"
has at last hit shelves! It contains 72 *already before seen* puzzles from
the past several years, handpicked from among the grids with the fewest
typos and the least outdated pop cultural references.
In addition to the crosswords, the book features all-new commentary by Ben
Tausig, with inside stories, constructing secrets, sordid tales, and so on,
for each and every puzzle. Here's an example from #17: "Most constructors
use a piece of software called Crossword Compiler to put together their
puzzles. Crossword Compiler has a 'blacklist' feature that alerts you to
curse words in your grid - whether forwards, backwards, or diagonal. It's a
tad paranoid; the list includes things like *SPORTINGLADY*, *ARSELICKER*, *
CAMPFOLLOWER*, and *FORNICATRESS*, which first are way too long to end up
in a puzzle by accident, and second are just plainly ridiculous. For this
grid, I got fifteen alerts for the word *HO*."
If you've missed a few puzzles, have just recently started solving, or
simply want to go back and relive the magic, pick up your copy today:
Etailers CR 3 8 12 PDF.pdf
AV Club xword 3 7 12 BEQ 4810 PDF.pdf
AV Club xword 3 7 12 BEQ 4810.puz