Okay, fine. Since you asked. Why'd I run the pic? "Cranford" is one of Liz's umpteenmillion inside jokes that she's constantly dropping. Why "Cranford?" Don't ask. It's too long and intricate a joke, I've ceased understanding it. No matter. Liz checks my site out, even if she doesn't solve any of the puzzles. But I suspect she'll love that Judi Dench is doing a crossword. Some weird full-circle shit going on here.
And no, the joke doesn't involve BEQ in a bonnet or that sort of thing. I know: a lot of you'd like to see that.
Moving on: I'm a little behind in chiming in on the amazing themeless work that is now regularly appearing in the Washington Post on Sundays. If you haven't done any of them yet, eight are at your disposal, just go here and get at them. They're so smooth and well done, it's no surprise, really, when you consider the team behind them: all three of the Crossword Jesuses, Trip Payne and Karen Tracey with Peter Gordon calling the shots. Anyway, I can't throw out enough superlatives from them, so instead I'll drop this: they're so good, I've been trying to emulate them on the Themeless Mondays series lately. Yeah, sure, my stuff is still very BEQ-esque. But since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I would hope any involved with the Post Puzzler who comes here would feel the love.
Speaking of showing love: just a small reminder that if you liked the puzzles this month, please consider throwing a little bit in the tip jar. As always, the site is completely free, and shall remain so until I keel over dead. That said, there are costs that are needed to keep BEQ.com running smoothly. So every little bit helps. As a thank you, one randomly selected donor will receive their choice of anything they want from the BEQ Souvenir Stand. Thanks again.
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