November already? Man alive. Where'd that time go? Though it doesn't really feel like November here in Boston. More like January. Anyway, is November the month we're all supposed to write a novel? Or is it the month that we're supposed to stop shaving? Looks like both. Well, I've failed in the not-shaving department as I took the beard off this morning. As for writing that novel? Well, stranger things have happened. And I am a bit of a workaholic. So, who knows? Check back in a couple weeks, but smart money is no book.
November for some people is the time to start Christmas shopping. (Or, if you're like my mother-in-law, you got that all sewed up back in July.) If any of you were thinking about getting your loved one(s) a crossword puzzle by yours truly for the holidays, I strongly suggest you to get in touch with me sooner than later. Crosswords are once-in-a-lifetime gifts (or twice-in-a-lifetime, if you buy two). What better way to celebrate your loved ones than with a custom puzzle. But don't take my word for it, take one from a satisfied customer. Denise Terry writes: "If you have ever even thought it might be a good idea to have Brendan Emmett Quigley construct a crossword for your special event -- I can assure you -- FOLLOW THAT INSTINCT. He is the master!!" So what are you waiting for? Shoot me an email and get the ball rolling. Okay? Okay.
Also, if you have a couple extra dollars in your wallet, please consider funding Patrick Merrell's graphic novel project. Not only is Patrick Merrell one of puzzledom's all-time great guys, but also he does fantastic illustrations (one of his cartoon books "Puzzled Penguins" is one of Tabby's favorites). Anyway, this project looks like a keeper, a graphic novel with a metapuzzle running through it? Sign me up. Oh, I already gave. What's your excuse?
Share the puzzle. New one on Thursday.