Category Archives: Orca Awards

The 2016 Orca Awards

Everyone’s favorite 8,000-word post is back! It’s time for the (now sixth!) annual Orca Awards, recognizing outstanding achievement in crossword construction and editing throughout several categories in 2016. For the past two years the Orcas have been spread out over … Continue reading

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The Orcas are Coming … Can You Solve this Puzzle Containing the Best Clue Nominees?

We’re just two weeks away from the 2016 Orca Awards, our annual tribute to some of the year’s most outstanding crosswords. In addition to Best Crossword, there will be awards in several categories, including Best Easy Crossword, Best Freestyle Crossword, … Continue reading

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The 2015 Orca Awards – Best Crossword

The Orcas conclude today with the award for Best Crossword. Before we get to the last award, let’s recap the winners thus far: Best Easy Crossword, Lynn Lempel Merl Reagle Award for Best Sunday-Sized Crossword, Jeremy Newton Best Freestyle Crossword, … Continue reading

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The 2015 Orca Awards – Best Clue and Constructor of the Year

Orcas Week is winding down. Today we present the Bob Klahn Award for Best Clue and the Margaret Farrar Constructor of the Year Award. Tomorrow the festivities end with the award for Best Crossword. There’s mystery in the air this … Continue reading

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The 2015 Orca Awards – Best Gimmick Crossword

Time for today’s installment of the Orcas, our  annual “awards show” saluting some of the best crosswords from 2015. Today features the Orca for Best Gimmick Crossword. We’re getting close to the big finale on Saturday when the coveted Orca … Continue reading

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