If I sound a little groggy, it's because I hate a late night last night, partying hard celebrating the Orca awards. The Orcas, in case you either don't know, or maybe you've forgotten, is the annual awards given out by the folks at Diary of a Crossword Fiend celebrating excellence in crosswords. And once again, yours truly took the honors for Best Freestyle Crossword, this time for a puzzle co-written with Joon Pahk. What they call "Freestyle" is what the rest of us call "Themeless" puzzles, and seeing that I make nearly 50 of them each year, I should hope that I'd get at least one nominated each year. But anyway. For those keeping count, that's two-in-a-row for the ole' Biz Quig in that category (remember?). Let's see if I can make 2014 a threepeat, yes? Yes.
Interested parties can do the winning puzzle right here.
While I'm here, just want to give a big thanks to a handful of people. Thanks to my wife Liz, and my daughter Tabitha. I love you girls. Thanks to Nancy Schuster, Tyler Hinman and Joon for testing the puzzles. And thanks to Amy Reynaldo, Sam Donaldson, and everybody at Team Fiend for the Orca.
Share the puzzle. New one on Monday.