Crossnerds

Crossnerds

Crossnerds is the world's best—er, nerdiest—crossword puzzle podcast. Editors, constructors, solvers, and allies deliver piping-hot takes on the New York Times crossword puzzle and the vast cruciuniverse of wordplay beyond.

All Episodes

To Bork, or not to Bork? That is not the question. The question is, what will Rebecca and Brooke SAY about the last week (11/15/21 - 11/21/21) in New York Times crossword puzzles? A sampling: The Great Alfred Nobel Obituary Mixup How to make grid art CHEETO: implications for Mento? Happy [Un]Thanksgiving! Namaste. Enjoying "Crossnerds"? Give us five ⭐️s and comment in Apple Podcasts! @ us on Twitter! Support us on Patreon! Or just keep listening. Or all. Ideally all. But we'll take any. Please and thank you!

Nov 24

35 min 32 sec

You and your lawn decorations better get into Crosstume: Rebecca and Brooke are Rebacka, reviewing New York Times crossword puzzles from 10/25/21 thru 10/31/21. Included: the Great David S. Pumpkins SNUB of 2021, the NYT's Amazon Alexa obsession, urchin injuries, and guff. More worms, mama! Read about zombies' Haitian roots here, in the Atlantic.   Enjoying "Crossnerds"? Give us five ⭐️s and comment in Apple Podcasts! @ us on Twitter! Support us on Patreon! Or just keep listening. Or all. Ideally all. But we'll take any. Please and thank you!

Nov 10

36 min 27 sec

What do you get when a meta 4 meets the right pants leg?  While you're coming up with the answer, please enjoy this list we compiled based on New York Times crossword puzzles from 10/18/21 thru 10/24/21. Are They Out There?: Aliens Santa (Lapland??) The "d" in "handsome" We also talk about other conspiracies, such as themes that appear vertically (in the Downs). Sleep tight, sweet humans.......👽 👽~~ Enjoying "Crossnerds"? Give us five ⭐️s and comment in Apple Podcasts! @ us on Twitter! Support us on Patreon! Or just keep listening. Or all. Ideally all. But we'll take any. Please and thank you!

Oct 27

35 min 36 sec

From Beelzebub and the shillelaghs we're esporting to lead pipes, "so-what" clues, and that blasted Off!: it's a whirlwind tour of New York Times crossword puzzles from 10/11/21 thru 10/17/21.  Enjoying "Crossnerds"? Give us five ⭐️s and comment in Apple Podcasts!  Comment @ us on Twitter! Support us on Patreon! Or just keep listening. Or all. Ideally all. But we'll take any. Please and thank you!

Oct 23

36 min 36 sec

Rebecca and Brooke reunite IRL to bulk up our crossword podcasting r*sum*s by discussing New York Times puzzles from 9/27/21 - 10/3/21. We ask Important Questions Of Our Time (WHO IS EATING THE COOKIES???), explore kangaroos (mutual sniffing), the history of diagonal symmetry in the NYT (abridged), and how to use the puzzle as a platform (if you want). Will Nediger's indie puzzle roundups are on his blog, Bewilderingly Puzzles.

Oct 8

34 min 7 sec

Ready the snow scythes and bring in the beakers! Rebecca and Brooke review the New York Times crossword puzzles from 9/20/21 - 9/26/21.  The Crossword Collaboration Directory is a beautiful thing!! Among other sources, here is CNN's piece on Ole Miss. Go forth and clue responsibly. Enjoying "Crossnerds"? Give us five ⭐️s and comment in Apple Podcasts! Or just keep listening. Or both. Ideally both. But we'll take either. Please and thank you!

Oct 1

41 min 20 sec

L'jai alai'm! In this episode of New York Times crossword puzzle reviews: lovin' on some diagonal symmetry, crossword cocktails*, RiRi, and GAY PORN. Cruciverbs from 9/13/21 thru 9/19/21.  Join the crossword Discord (d/b/a Crosscord)! *Cocktails suggestion box: @Crossnerds. Enjoying "Crossnerds"? Give us five ⭐️s and comment in Apple Podcasts! Or just keep listening. Or both. Ideally both. But we'll take either. Please and thank you!

Sep 24

32 min 7 sec

In the words of the Backstreet Boys: "Oh my God, we're back again." Rebecca and Brooke, that is. Reviewing the New York Times crossword puzzles from 9/6/21 thru 9/12/21. Support equality and women's rights here. Enjoying "Crossnerds"? Give us five ⭐️s and comment in Apple Podcasts! Or just keep listening. Or both. Ideally both. But we'll take either. Please and thank you!  

Sep 15

39 min 55 sec

Rebecca. Brooke. New York Times crossword puzzle reviews. August 30 thru September 5, 2021. EOM. Enjoying "Crossnerds"? Give us five ⭐️s and comment in Apple Podcasts! Or just keep listening. Or both. Ideally both. But we'll take either. Please and thank you!

Sep 10

38 min 57 sec

Join Rebecca and Brooke and Oscular The Grouch as we crack up and open the last week in New York Times crossword puzzles! August 23-29, 2021. Enjoying "Crossnerds"? Give us five ⭐️s and comment in Apple Podcasts! Or just keep listening. Or both. Ideally both. But we'll take either. Please and thank you!

Sep 2

38 min 3 sec

Whether you're a teehee, a tehee, a heh heh, har har, haha, or a ROFLcopter, all laughs are welcome this (and every!) week, as Rebecca and Brooke review the New York Times crossword puzzles from 8/16/21 - 8/22/21.  The Lollapuzzoola puzzles and Twitch stream are still available at bemoresmarter.com.  Enjoying "Crossnerds"? Give us five ⭐️s and comment in Apple Podcasts! Or just keep listening. Or both. Ideally both. But we'll take either. Please and thank you!

Aug 25

40 min 18 sec

Ponytails UP, headphones IN, pencils DOWN: it's HOT 'NERDS SUMMER, Crossbabes! BexVex and Bballstar09946 are back puzzling out the last week in New York Times crosswords (08/09/21 - 08/15/21). Featuring appearances by KEKE Palmer, UHH, and 😑! Oh btw if you're free this Saturday, August 21, join Brooke, Sid, and Brian at Lollapuzzoola 2021. Enjoying Crossnerds? Give us five ⭐️s and comment in Apple Podcasts! Or just keep listening. Or both. Ideally both. But we'll take either. Please and thank you!

Aug 18

38 min 2 sec

Rebecca Neipris and Brooke Husic review New York Times crossword puzzles from 7/26/21 thru 8/1/21 and talk about other Pressing Issues in Crossworld, but all you really need to hear is DJ Cummerbund & The B-52's "Love Shack (Tik Toxic Remix)." You are welcome. Enjoying Crossnerds? Give us five ⭐️s and comment in iTunes! Or just keep listening. Or both. Ideally both. But we'll take either. Word-upped: Themelesses by Brian Thomas: puzzlesthatneedahome.blogspot.com Matthew Stock's 21x's: happylittlepuzzles.com

Aug 6

38 min 56 sec

⭐️✨Star stuff everywhere!✨⭐️ That is what you can expect from this stellar. New. Episode. Of. What? CROSSNERDS! Rebecca Neipris and--in-person in our NYC "studio"--Brooke Husic review the last week in New York Times crossword puzzles (7/19/21 - 7/25/21). Pardon the tangentialos... If you like us, please rate us stars and comment in iTunes! Or just keep listening. Or both. Ideally both. But we'll take either. Word-upped Lollapuzzoola: https://bemoresmarter.com/lollapuzzoola/  Brooke's puzzle site: xwordsbyaladee.blogspot.com  Adam Aaronson's puzzles: https://aaronson.org/crosswords/  Ricky Cruz's Cruzzles: https://cruzzles.blogspot.com/

Jul 27

35 min 34 sec

Ok um sooooo why didn’t anyone tell us it’s already 2021??? In honor of the [belated] New Year of the Ox, we mic’ed up Milo Beckman (@milobela), constructor of the January 1, 2021 New York Times crossword puzzle; author of the new book Math Without Numbers; and card-carrying try-hard (his words, not ours). Observed: Singaporean chicken-rice is tasty Math is about to get schooled And more! Milo’s comparison of accepted vs. changed clues: https://twitter.com/milobela/status/1346893142210076672.

Apr 1

29 min 4 sec

Have you ever wondered... What makes a crossword, like, good, from an editor's-eye view If Laura Braunstein (@laurabrarian) 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: 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.

Oct 2020

39 min 4 sec

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's Crossword Nation Brendan Emmett Quigley Happy Little Puzzles by Matthew Stock Paolo Pasco's Grids These Days Master puzzle newsletter by Matt Gritzmacher

Sep 2020

46 min 59 sec

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!

Aug 2020

48 min 24 sec

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

Jul 2020

54 min 29 sec

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 episode... Eric Berlin's Social Distancing Puzzles (benefiting Feeding America) Puzzlesnacks The New York Times Crossword Evan Birnholz's Sunday WaPo crosswords Joon Pahk's Outside the Box variety puzzles Nathan Curtis on Patreon Thomas Snyder's Grandmaster Puzzles Crosswords, variety puzzles, and cryptics in the Wall Street Journal Stay safe and healthy, dear listeners!

Jun 2020

31 min 53 sec

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. 🎊Happy 2020!🎊 Chris is the author of https://chriswords.com/ and "5 Easy-to-Read Crossword Puzzles: Medium-Level Puzzles to Challenge Your Brain." Slang courtesy of A Flapper's Dictionary (1922).

Jan 2020

35 min 26 sec

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!

Nov 2019

49 min 5 sec

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!

Oct 2019

31 min 27 sec

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.

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Sep 2019

31 min 43 sec

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!

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Jul 2019

32 min 43 sec

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/.

Jun 2019

42 min 1 sec

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.

Apr 2019

21 min 34 sec

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.

Feb 2019

39 min 59 sec

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.

Feb 2019

35 min 25 sec

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.

Feb 2019

58 min 16 sec

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.

Jan 2019

48 min 2 sec

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. 

Jan 2019

40 min 45 sec

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.

Dec 2018

34 min 26 sec

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.

Dec 2018

49 min 57 sec

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.

Nov 2018

56 min 51 sec

Boo!/Yay: it's another episode of Crossnerds, where Andy Kravis and Rebecca RN discuss another week (10/22/18 - 10/28/18) in the New York Times crossword puzzle. Also, kale; how Andy "doesn't" hate the Beatles; our favorite Halloween costumes; and, like, other stuff. You've stopped reading. K, love you, miss you, bye!

Nov 2018

59 min 52 sec

Welcome to the Erik Agard Fan Club Podklatsch! Wherein, oh right, we also discuss the week in New York Times crossword puzzles (10/14/18 - 10/21/18). Lift your voices up! Put your jazz hands down! Watch out for soupy pies! And vive le Agard! Rebecca Neipris and Andy Kravis are at it again.

Oct 2018

50 min 50 sec

Check your turmeric lattes at the door, people. Rebecca Neipris and Andy Kravis discuss the virtues and pitfalls of light board gamery and the rare beauty of puzzles with an arc. The week in New York Times crossword puzzles, 10/8/18 - 10/14/18.

Oct 2018

37 min 28 sec

Oy. (New York Times crossword puzzles, 9/17/18 - 9/23/18. Reviewed by Andy Kravis and Rebecca Neipris.)

Sep 2018

42 min

Rebecca and Andy Kravis are BACK! With the sassiest episode of Crossnerds to grace this past week in New York Times crossword puzzles. We're talkin' Red Vines v. Twizzlers. A $ource of ca$h. Wilford Brimley. The height of Ponce de Leon. "Dr. T and the Women." And so, so, SO much more. 9/10/18-9/16/18

Sep 2018

55 min 17 sec

Lollapuzzoola 2018!! Plus Aqua Zumba, Irish goodbyes, Hungarian hellos, shrooms, and tribute puzzles. That's right: it's another week in crossworld. Rebecca rn and Andy Kravis. New York Times crossword puzzles. 8/13/18-8/19/18. Let's do this.

Aug 2018

34 min 37 sec

Plus friendzones, teat rays, Monet X-Change, and #protips on how to improve as a crossword puzzle solver. Andy Kravis and Rebecca Neipris, talkin' New York Times crossword puzzles, 7/30/18 - 8/5/18.

Aug 2018

55 min 40 sec

NYT crossword puzzles | 7/22/18-7/29/18 Sunday 7/29 | THREE IN ONE | Will Nediger Producer, hostess, and borderline ma'am | Rebecca Ryder Neipris Illustrious co-host and perpetual sir | Andy Kravis

Aug 2018

31 min 43 sec

NYT crossword, Sunday 7/24/18: "Creature Feature," by Timothy Polin. Guest co-host: Alex Gelman! Producer and hostess: Rebecca RN

Jul 2018

43 min 37 sec

NYT crossword, Sunday 6/17/18: "Tricky Trios." Amanda Chung, Karl Ni and Erik Agard. Guest co-host: Andy Kravis! Guest sound wizard: Jack Reeves! Producer and host: Rebecca RN

Jun 2018

1 hr 10 min

Date: May 27, 2018 Theme: 21 Constructor: Andrew Chaikin

Jun 2018

38 min 24 sec

Date: May 13, 2018  Constructors: Neville Fogarty & Erik Agard Theme: LOVE AT FIRST SITE

May 2018

36 min 52 sec

Date: May 6, 2018 Theme: LET'S PLAY TWO Constructor: Brendan Emmett Quigley

May 2018

36 min 4 sec

Date: April 29, 2018 Constructor: Peter Wentz Theme: MIS-UNABBREVIATED

May 2018

37 min 28 sec

Date: April 22, 2018  Constructor: Ross Trudeau Theme: PLUSES & MINUSES

Apr 2018

36 min 17 sec