Best Puzzles of 2015

Here are the highest rated contest and non-contest puzzles of 2015, as rated by visitors to this blog. Puzzles must have received a minimum of 10 individual ratings to be considered. Puzzles that received 15 or more ratings have had the highest and lowest ratings removed from their total.

Links are to the commentary on this site and the unsolved puzzle when available. Puzzles from American Values Club Crosswords, Matt Gaffney’s Weekly Crossword Contest and Crossword Nation are available on a subscription basis only and html links to pages where you can request unsolved puzzles for free appear courtesy of the constructor or editor.

Non-Contest Puzzles
Venue/
Rank
Constructor/
Title
Puzzle/
Commentary
Overall rating
(#ratings)
1. Merl Reagle
Things Are People, Too
5 (16)

2.
Merl Reagle
The Gods Must Be Crazy
4.92 (60)

3.
Brendan Emmett Quigley
Heads of State
    4.91 (23)
4. Merl Reagle
First-Name Basis
4.9 (20)

5.
Jeff Chen
Wearing Thin
    4.79 (45)

6.
Jeremy Newton
Upsides
4.78 (89)
7. David Steinberg
Off With Their Heads
    4.77 (24)

8.
Patrick Berry
Weird Alterations
4.71 (29)
9. Brendan Emmett Quigley
A Loss For Words
    4.7 (23)

10.
Elizabeth C. Gorski
Fleet of Foot
    4.68 (11)

11.
Lynn Lempel 4.67 (44)

12.
Patrick Berry
Flip-Flops
4.67 (57)

13.
Aimee Lucido
Going Both Ways
    4.65 (23)

14.
Jeff Chen
Break a Leg!
    4.65 (10)

15.
Doug Peterson
Saturday Stumper
    4.64 (11)
Contest Puzzles
Venue/
Rank
Constructor/
Title
Puzzle/
Commentary
Overall rating
(#ratings)

1.
Matt Gaffney
Ode to Crosswords
    4.97 (32)

2.
Pete Muller
Sound It Out
    4.95 (10)

3.
Matt Gaffney
Start to Finish
    4.9 (35)

4.
Matt Gaffney
M Is for Merl
    4.89 (22)

5.
Patrick Berry
Shifting Alliances
4.88 (32)

6.
Patrick Berry
Same Difference
    4.85 (23)

7.
Matt Gaffney
That Would Be Proper
4.78 (16)

8.
Matt Gaffney
Jersey? Sure!
4.77 (13)

9.
Evan Birnholz
Time and Time Again
4.76 (38)

10.
Matt Gaffney
Numbers Game
4.76 (21)

11.
Patrick Berry
Trade-Ins
4.75 (16)

12.
Matt Gaffney
A Time to Die
4.74 (27)

13.
Andrew Ries
Double-Headers
    4.72 (18)

14.
Pete Muller
Connect Four
    4.71 (12)

15.
Matt Gaffney
Numbered Pages
4.71 (17)

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