Fill Me In

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Fill Me In is a crossword podcast, or at least, that's what it pretends to be. Most of the time, it's about other things (including, but not limited to: soup, Thor, Rosana Ñler, Viewer Mail, Jonathan Papelbon, vuvuzelas, inappropriate glorification of the E Division, and much more), but occasionally, we also talk about crosswords.

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Fill Me In #237: No one will ever learn the majesty of your Foley work.
57:47

This week, Ryan and Brian attempt to stay connected to the outside world, spend an inordinate amount of time talking about cryptics without actually doing any, and imagine a world in which they might Twitch together. Also: Contest of Still Going On.

Ryan is hosting various online events, including solving cryptics on Twitch and running a D&D game.

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Mar 31, 2020
Fill Me In #236: Rememberable? That's a word.
01:10:07

This week, Ryan and Brian recap the joy of #couchword, propose an oracle podcast, and can't pronounce a crossword luminary's name. All that, plus a brand new contest puzzle JUST FOR YOU!

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Mar 24, 2020
Fill Me In #235: I like making my own bubbles.
01:10:44

This week, Ryan and Brian (like the rest of you, most likely), can't quite deal with reality ... so we made another podcast. At the very least, it's 71 minutes that you won't spend feeling stressed about the world. Also, "Jag on a Hank" is good hand-washing music.

Contest of Still Going On: download here

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Mar 17, 2020
Fill Me In #234: Yelling words with undertones of melodic intent.
56:25

This week, Ryan and Brian attempt to begin a variety cryptic, learn about crosswordese in the wild, and present a brand new contest crossword, which is available here. You have to listen to the show to get the password, but the puzzle is free!

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Mar 10, 2020
Fill Me In #233: Once upon a time, it was a clean place.
01:00:12

This week, Ryan and Brian finish a cryptic, learn more about the Barnacle's family, and connect with a real life member of professional baseball. The Contest of Still Going On is still going on, so grab it now. You have to listen to the show to get the password, but the puzzle is free!

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Mar 03, 2020
Fill Me In #232: I am a frontiersman.
59:19

This week, Ryan and Brian welcome a new club, announce an upcoming tournament, and someone actually solved the last contest. There's a new contest puzzle this week, so grab it now. You have to listen to the show to get the password, but the puzzle is free!

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Feb 25, 2020
Fill Me In #231: The cranky icing on the cranky cake.
01:00:28

This week, Ryan and Brian talk cryptics, number puzzles, and the New York Times Spelling Bee – and you'll be lucky if any of it came out right, thanks to some shoddy internet service in California. Editing this week's show was utter bananas. You think we're usually incoherent? Let's see how this works out.

We're continuing the Contest of Still Going On, and you can downloade it at http://bit.ly/fmi230con.

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Feb 18, 2020
Fill Me In #230: It’s my fault, I take it back, how about a lanyard …?
01:23:44

This week, Ryan and Brian discuss dental work, review the Oscars, take baby steps in a P&A Magazine, and debate whether Brian is forgettable. We've got a brand new Contest of Now, which can be found at http://bit.ly/fmi230con.

We also talked about a bunch of cryptics:

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Feb 11, 2020
Fill Me In #229: It’s fun when your home town has the team that’s doing the thing.
01:14:24

This week, Ryan and Brian talk make brief reference to the Super Bowl, commit to a Panda Magazine, and don't understand kids' games. We continue last week's contest (now the Contest of Still Going On), which can be found here.

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Feb 04, 2020
Fill Me In #228: Smoothness creates less friction.
55:20

This week, Ryan and Brian talk cryptics, metas, Cheez-Its, a mostly-good #NYTXW week, and a very special Contest of Now that you have to download (hint: it's a crossword puzzle).

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Jan 28, 2020
Fill Me In #227: A fine ribbon of red cloth.
01:09:58

This week, Ryan and Brian battle a cryptic crossword, weigh the values of a Philadelphia roll, and render apologies. The first five minutes are about baseball, but after that, we talk puzzles. Links: Scott Weiss's Anti-Match Quiz • Ben Zimmer's 2019 nominees for Word of the Year

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Jan 21, 2020
Fill Me In #226: Get what it's called!
01:36:03

This week, Ryan and Brian spend the first 30 minutes of this way-too-long episode on Learned League and baseball — that's a warning to you. Skip ahead to 28:26 for Viewer Mail. But also: cryptics, Centuplicates, and Brian gets no thunder of his own. Last week's Contest Of Now is still available at http://bit.ly/fmi225con.

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Jan 14, 2020
Fill Me In #225: We do things in convoluted, backwards, and unpredictable ways.
51:38

This week, Ryan and Brian get a second report on Two Across, practice saying 4-digit numbers and words with silent letters, and offer a two-week contest which can be found at http://bit.ly/fmi225con. Also, Beauty and the Beast may have closed, but the puzzles live on!

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Jan 07, 2020
Fill Me In #224: The world is messing with you, and you had no idea.
01:08:13

This week, Ryan and Brian get a report on Two Across, learn plurals and numbers from The Barnacle, and discover a long-lost homage puzzle. Also -- check out our feature interview with Sonya and Heidi, two new word puzzle enthusiasts!

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Dec 31, 2019
Fill Me In #223: Okay, so you have nine innocent sheep ...
01:01:23

This week, Ryan and Brian discuss whether the rules of language have any value whatsoever, and that pretty much sets the tone for their entire lives. Also, congratulations to Amanda Yesnowitz and Brendan McGrady on their wedding!

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Dec 24, 2019
Fill Me In #222: Morning Ryan's arbitrary examples.
42:26

This week, Ryan shows up late, Brian leaves early, and as a result, you get to enjoy a shorter-than-usual(-but-as-long-as-we-wish-it-typically-was) episode.

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Dec 17, 2019
Fill Me In #221: Nine more seconds, and none of this would have happened.
01:18:51

This week, Ryan plays a new board game, Brian recommends an old crossword, and they both delight in editorial changes at a major newspaper (not the New York Times). 

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Dec 10, 2019
Fill Me In #220: Step 1, boil the oil; step 2, submerge the bird.
01:04:13

This week, Ryan and Brian talk about garbage television, eerie coincidences, and maybe a crossword or two. Honestly, this might be the least amount of worthy content ever disguised as 64 minutes of a podcast. Notes from today: Scott Weiss's Anti-Match quiz ... and the never-popular mycrankytweets.com

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Dec 03, 2019
Fill Me In #219: A nice piece of isolation.
01:16:44

This week, Ryan and Brian discuss the impending doom of Thanksgiving, whether donuts and muffins are similar enough, and make remarkably few comments about baseball. Oh, also there are some crosswords in there. Yup.

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Nov 26, 2019
Fill Me In #218: Maybe that’s part of the master plan, denying it.
01:12:53

We had to redact a good portion of this introductory paragraph because Brian kept almost swearing. Also, we somehow discuss cheating without invoking the good name of Maddie Gillespie, so maybe we're running low on marbles. 

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Nov 19, 2019
Fill Me In #217: It implies a presumption that is true.
01:04:52

Somehow, Ryan and Brian spend a while talking about food and don't mention sandwiches or soup. This alternate timeline is weird. (Also, we edited about half of the show and then ran out of time, so some stuff might be broken. Let us know!)

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Nov 12, 2019
Fill Me In #216: Cynical commentary through guttural noises.
01:49:31

We're back! We missed you. And you. And you. And especially you. This week, Brian and Ryan deal with a Vox puzzle they don't like, a lunch club they wish existed, and a self-contradictory website about structural starch (www.cuberule.com).

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Nov 05, 2019
Fill Me In #215: I won't make you the password.
01:31:06

This week, Brian censors the viewer mail bag, and Ryan tries desperately not to display his utter hysteria about questionable baseball decisions. The Barnacle tells us about arse vs. ass (and offers more on that topic here). All that plus Utica greens, dental work, and a brand new Contest of Now, which can be found at http://bit.ly/fmi215con

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Oct 15, 2019
Fill Me In #214: Adages are weak.
01:06:50

This week, Ryan and Brian celebrate their show ranking in the top one thousand podcasts about games, even though there might be little to no value to the list. Also, Ryan solves the Lollapuzzoola puzzles, and Brian finds satisfaction with an explanation of ", say" clues.

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Oct 08, 2019
Fill Me In #213: A gorilla is one example of many things that are large.
01:06:47

This week, Ryan and Brian experience clear weather, get nostalgic about fast food, and celebrate the engagement of long-time listeners Amanda Yesnowitz and Brendan McGrady -- by interviewing them!

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Oct 01, 2019
Fill Me In #212: I bet Sam Donaldson keeps his awards.
01:18:08

This week, Ryan and Brian welcome a new Centuplicate, support a worthy charity, and learn some Greek.

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Sep 24, 2019
Fill Me In #211: 72 minutes of fun, say
01:11:47

This week, Ryan and Brian play music by skip a segment, get voicemail but don't talk about it, and try to figure out why two antisocial dorks host a podcast. Also, this episode includes nostalgia.

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Sep 17, 2019
Fill Me In #210: The Song about the Curry
01:18:15

This week, Ryan and Brian go for a different sort of thunder, get input from listeners about sudoku and acrostics, and once again explain why Ryan needs to stop hating on Yu Darvish.

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Sep 10, 2019
Fill Me In #209: It seems like we’re living in a hellscape.
01:42:56

This week, Ryan and Brian discuss the culture of pathogens, the availability of acrostics, and the nostalgia of soda. Also, while we'd love to tell you that this week's episode is as brief as last week's episode, we cannot, for we would be lying.

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Sep 03, 2019
Fill Me In #208: Is it possible to lose sight of the ball through the camouflage of one’s hat?
01:03:00

It's the Season 5 Premiere — and we do literally nothing out of the ordinary. This week, Ryan and Brian discuss pedanticism and pedantacy, bask in the glory of original lyrics, and rely on the barnacle to teach all the lessons of life.

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Aug 27, 2019
Fill Me In #207: Doesn’t meat not want to be left out?
01:26:27

This week, Ryan and Brian wrap up Season Four, recap Lollapuzzoola, and debate the shelf life of pizza.

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Aug 20, 2019
Fill Me In #206: We evolved into the heightening bone.
01:48:13

This week, Ryan and Brian discuss Carol Channing, Edward I of England, and whether joon pahk can play all the instruments.

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Aug 13, 2019
Fill Me In #205: But if I start going east, I'll continue going east forever.
01:35:54

This week, Ryan and Brian watch the Dodgers, learn about orange(s), and discuss music theory and hot dogs.

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Aug 06, 2019
Fill Me In #204: Is there something else white and crumbly you can put on top of feta and cauliflower?
01:47:28

This week, Ryan and Brian revisit NPL puzzles and learn a little something about the history of the diagramless, but the feature of the day is FOOD! Special guests Laura Braunstein and Ben Smith take us to Foodie Faceoff!

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Jul 30, 2019
Fill Me In #203: Bantercast
01:27:48

This week, Ryan and Brian discuss flats, cats, and hats (except maybe not hats).

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Jul 23, 2019
Fill Me In #202: Let's roll dice and pretend to be monsters.
01:37:21

This week, Ryan and Brian talk metapuzzles, 20-sided dice, and argue the merits of "live action" Disney remakes (though much of that may have been cut from the episode).

SPECIAL NOTE: This week's Contest Of Now is available via Dropbox, and it's password protected. You have to actually use a password. For real. Here's the link: http://bit.ly/fmi202CON

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Jul 16, 2019
Fill Me In #201: American crosswords : cryptic crosswords :: baseball : cricket
01:42:01

This week, Ryan and Brian discuss tertiary Muppets, how to make soup, and get a phone call from a runaway groom. Also we may have cut it out of the show, but we were reminded about when Shane Victorino hacked our blog.

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Jul 02, 2019
Fill Me In #200: An innocent person has no defense.
01:44:03

This week, Ryan and Brian celebrate a milestone with two fictional and two real guest voices. See if you can tell the difference!

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Jun 25, 2019
Fill Me In #199: Facts can be pejorative, it turns out. (Or, two pieces of naan with something spread in the middle.)
01:53:38

Ryan is hanging out with Weird Al Yankovic this week, so Fill Me In is graced with the brilliant wit and charm of guest host Jeff Talbott, Not The Dentist and Compleatist.

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Jun 18, 2019
Fill Me In #198: If you don’t want me to watch the ball, you can go get it out of the ocean.
01:28:24

This week, Ryan and Brian ignore the New York Times, focus intently on the Muppets, and (once again) feel the impending threat of cheating.

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Jun 11, 2019
Fill Me In #197: We got totally slammed for Aladdin.
01:54:24

This week, Ryan and Brian hash out the ups and downs of a day in Learned League, discuss poor pronunciation, and Ryan recounts a surprise visit from a fan!

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Jun 04, 2019
Fill Me In #196: The absolute horror of real life.
01:40:22

This week, Ryan and Brian remember Panda Magazine, a viewer reups a club membership, and the Oracle's expertise in mathematics is rejected.

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May 28, 2019
Fill Me In #195: If there's a conversation to be hat at all, it must be amongst the animals.
01:28:01

This week, Ryan and Brian recap animal noises, reluctantly receive fruit, and feel joy for two of seven New York Times puzzles.

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May 14, 2019
Fill Me In #194: $63,286
01:28:41

This week, Brian guesses soda and salary, Ryan doesn't go to dinner with anyone famous, and no one understands the Monday puzzle.

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May 07, 2019
Fill Me In #193: A toilet-like spiral to hell (or, this is not what youth looks like)
01:01:43

This week, Ryan oversleeps and in doing so, reduces the length of the podcast by half. Well done, Ryan! Get last week's (which is also this week's) contest here (and listen to the show for the password).

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Apr 30, 2019
Fill Me In #192: Leave this hand away from you.
01:32:38

This week, Ryan and Brian fight through illness to bring you the best in crossword podcasting. We apologize for sounding like crap. Get this week's contest here (and listen to the show for the password).

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Apr 23, 2019
Fill Me In #191: Quahogs as big as your head.
02:05:41

This week, on a special extended episode of Fill Me In, Brian is joined by guest cohost Amanda Yesnowitz, tUPVEaSLtUA. Also: news from the UK, The Pinch Snapper, and CheatGate2019.

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Apr 16, 2019
Fill Me In #190: Hello, Americans
01:03:25

This week, on Fill Me In, Ryan invents a new segment, manifests music out of thin air, and leaves Brian searching for answers to ... everything.

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Apr 09, 2019
Fill Me In #189: These are very, very clever questions, and you are butchering this experience.
01:35:54

This week, on Fill Me In, Ryan and Brian discuss an ACPT scoring scandal, Yu Darvish's season debut, and whether or not Dan Feyer deserves 15 seconds more than everyone else.

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Apr 02, 2019
Fill Me In #188: Ryan WHO?
01:29:15

In this special post-ACPT episode of Fill Me In, guest cohost Angela Olson Halsted talks tournament with Brian.

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Mar 26, 2019
Fill Me In #187: Crossword Mysteries! The Musical
01:47:24

In this week's episode of Fill Me In, Ryan and Brian watch "Crossword Mysteries" and wonder if Will Shortz is hiding something.

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Mar 19, 2019
Fill Me In #186: The best most delicious food in the whole world is reward pizza.
01:40:15

In this week's episode of Fill Me In, Ryan and Brian struggle to wake up for whatever it is we insist on doing to our clocks every spring.

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Mar 12, 2019
Fill Me In #185: Between me and progress is my lack of time.
01:11:20

In this week's episode of Fill Me In, Brian doesn't know enough about smashing watermelons, Ryan doesn't have enough viewers on his YouTube channel, and things get ranty in the Thunder Round.

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Mar 05, 2019
Fill Me In #184: If anyone is near Tyler, nudge him.
01:13:04

In this week's episode of Fill Me In, Ryan and Brian get haircuts, trade bits, and threaten to recall old crap from the first run of the podcast.

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Feb 26, 2019
Fill Me In #183: Okay, you’re royalty — Lord Ryan of the Hecht
01:44:25

In this week's episode of Fill Me In, Ryan is correct, Brian rejects chili, and collectively, they enjoy 71.4% of something. Look at the math!

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Feb 19, 2019
Fill Me In #182: Dad raves, that's gonna be the next topic.
01:27:29

In this week's episode of Fill Me In, Ryan and Brian threaten to rave, play Word Sweep, and receive a perplexing phone call.

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Feb 12, 2019
Fill Me In #181: What seems like nonsense is just cleverly disguised brilliance.
01:53:00

In this week's episode of Fill Me In, Ryan and Brian verb Ben Zimmer, calculate the likelihood of traveling to Egypt, and learn how to make a bubble wig.

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Feb 05, 2019
Fill Me In #180: Begone, optimism! (with special guest cohost Laura Braunstein)
01:54:19

In this week's episode of Fill Me In, Ryan is stranded in Utah, and Brian is joined by special guest cohost Laura Braunstein!

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Jan 29, 2019
Fill Me In #179: Could be the best tasting lettuce and tomato hamburger ... ever!
01:42:55

In this week's episode of Fill Me In, Ryan and Brian keep the hot side hot, the cool side cool, and try to solve all the puzzles.

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Jan 22, 2019
Fill Me In #178: I am nuts with the California version
01:18:39

In this week's episode of Fill Me In, Ryan and Brian share an ocean, lust after television heroes, and dream that one day you'll help them create a puzzle.

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Jan 15, 2019
Fill Me In #177: Agitate them to make a lot of extra potato-ness
01:45:13

In this week's episode of Fill Me In, Ryan tries to remember a movie (Police Academy), Brian tries to remember a word processor (Bank Street Writer), and the two of them release the show without proof-listening.

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Jan 08, 2019
Fill Me In #176: [Middle of a backpack] is a terrible clue.
02:02:32

In this week's episode of Fill Me In, Brian completely forgets Christmas, Ryan totally remembers his anniversary, and the two of them celebrate the onset of 2019 with a supersized episode.

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Jan 01, 2019
Fill Me In #175: You must velvet the beef.
01:35:22

In this week's episode of Fill Me In, Ryan and Brian revisit the past, solve the Rubik's cube, and celebrate Christmas a week early.

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  • You know, we actually talked about other things ... but we don't really have links to much this week. So here's the recipe Brian used for his soup dumplings. They came out okay.

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Dec 18, 2018
Fill Me In #174: What, there are only three beasts and a title?
01:15:34

In this week's episode of Fill Me In, Ryan and Brian struggle with time zones, time lords, and what time of day they record the show.

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Dec 11, 2018
Fill Me In #173: I know English; I know nothing else ... or six French things that don't revolve.
01:43:08

In this week's episode of Fill Me In, Ryan and Brian celebrate a birthday, cheer for a maybe-debut from a Fill Me In viewer, and talk hot dogs without addressing a predictable question.

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Dec 04, 2018
Fill Me In #172: How does it feel to want?
01:40:12

In this week's episode of Fill Me In, Ryan and Brian recover from Thanksgiving, reminisce about their lost youths, and valiantly attempt to explain how logic puzzles work.

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Nov 27, 2018
Fill Me In #171: Take him away, boys!
01:42:50

In this week's episode of Fill Me In, Ryan and Brian attempt to translate a Russian crossword, anagram the capital of Ecuador, and reverse engineer a contest puzzle.

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Nov 20, 2018
Fill Me In #170: That’s a long time to listen to the crinkling of cellophane.
01:27:49

In this week's episode of Fill Me In, Ryan returns to the airwaves, Brian agrees to eat a Cynthia Nixon sandwich, and no one knows which puzzles in Panda Magazine to start with.

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Nov 13, 2018
Fill Me In #169: Puzzlegirl doesn't want to talk about sandwiches.
01:39:16

BREAKING NEWS! This week, Ryan bemoans his beloved Dodgers in silent quarantine, and Brian welcomes special guest host Angela Olson Halsted to the show!

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Nov 06, 2018
Fill Me In #168: This is Ryan Hecht. He's alive.
01:27:09

This week, the baseball season comes to a close, Ryan loses all hope in the future of mankind, Brian fails to console his friend, and we try (hopelessly) to explain how the visual elements of the pigpen cipher work.

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Oct 30, 2018
Fill Me In #167: Understand the concept rather than arguing the semantics.
01:09:47

This week, the Dodgers face off against the Red Sox, the Wall Street Journal challenges our comprehension of written instructions, and Erik Agard wins Jeopardy. We think we edited out worst of the garbage, but who knows.

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Oct 23, 2018
Fill Me In #166: How do you pronounce it, "mauve" or "mauve"?
01:45:54

This week, Ryan and Brian are obsessed with baseball (what else is new), talk soup (what else is new) and get cranky about crosswords (what else is new).

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Oct 16, 2018
Fill Me In #165: When Were Refrigerators?
01:28:54

This week, Ryan and Brian make some progress on a meta or two, fail to find good apps for the iPhone, and (with help) determine that you can't take a plane to the grocery store.

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Oct 09, 2018
Fill Me In #164: We are bootylicious.
01:27:03

This week, Ryan and Brian make some progress on a meta or two, fail to find good apps for the iPhone, and (with help) determine that you can't take a plane to the grocery store.

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Oct 02, 2018
Fill Me In #163: An Isotope of Toast
01:44:36

This week, Ryan and Brian grind up cereal, screw up spoilers, and put up a play.

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Sep 25, 2018
Fill Me In #162: A Starburst of Hooray
01:40:56

This week, Ryan and Brian carp about websites, analyze lyrics from RENT, and get excited about the Moh's Scale.

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Sep 18, 2018
Fill Me In #161: We're Off To Do the Podcast...
01:43:03

This week, Ryan and Brian get swept up, follow a road, and find out what's behind the curtain.

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Sep 11, 2018
Fill Me In #160: You Were Silent, And Then You Just Agreed With Me
01:19:41

This week, Ryan and Brian think about going off to see the Wizard, tweak the creative team for Numbers Are Numbers and Numbers Don't Lie, and enjoy a one-sided Thunder Round.

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Sep 04, 2018
Fill Me In #159: Semantic Shift Happens
01:49:12

This week, Ryan and Brian wonder how Superman flies, debate the open-mindedness of Whole Foods, and figure out which Tiffany did what.

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Aug 28, 2018
Fill Me In #158: People Coming Together To Do Something Positive
01:41:11

This week, Ryan and Brian have nightmares, reminisce about Robert Redford, and recap Lollapuzzoola.

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Aug 21, 2018
Fill Me In #157: The Number One Cream Cheese Delivery System
01:28:32

This week, Ryan and Brian discover pralines, discuss the possibility of debating sandwich semantics, and listen to a VOICEMAIL.

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Aug 14, 2018
Fill Me In #156: There is a Big Difference Between a Plate and Pizza
01:45:37

This week, Ryan and Brian go back to the Merriam-Webster well, discuss various systs, and, shockingly, talk about sandwiches.

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Aug 07, 2018
Fill Me In #155: A Taco Is No Different Than a Peanut Butter Bender
01:50:31

This week, Ryan and Brian wake up early, argue about toast, and convert nanoseconds to kilograms.

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Jul 31, 2018
Fill Me In #154: The Purest Form of the Hunt
01:47:01

This week, Ryan and Brian figure out how to get Ryan a part in Into the Woods, discuss the joys of John Williams, and finally get the date right.

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Jul 24, 2018
Fill Me In #153: The Original Marshmallow Sandwich
01:25:57

This week, Ryan and Brian figure out how to get to Cloverdale from San Francisco, induct two people into a brand new club, and search the deckers of their souls.

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Jul 17, 2018
Fill Me In #152: We've Abandoned TWO Cars on the Highway
01:30:24

This week, Ryan and Brian struggle with boat terminology, can't identify red candy, and continue to battle the demons of the deckers within. Also, Soup Talk with special guests joon pahk and Ken Stern!

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Jul 10, 2018
Fill Me In #151: The Good Name of Quality Scansion
01:17:06
This week, Ryan and Brian deal with Ryan's poor audio (sorry about that), discuss the ever-changing states of laundry, and debate who would be a better politician.
 
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Jul 03, 2018
Fill Me In #150: A Bowl of Liquid With Stuff in It.
01:22:18
This week, Ryan and Brian learn how to remember cocktail ingredients, continue to be afraid of the National Puzzlers' League, and discuss the merits of aquatic uvulae.
 
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Jun 26, 2018
Fill Me In #149: The Cleverness of Interlocking Words
01:21:54
This week, Ryan and Brian are talkin' Broadway, discussin' puzzles, and thinkin' about eatin' soup.
 
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Jun 19, 2018
Fill Me In #148: I Don't Know How the Other Legs Work
01:24:08
This week, Ryan and Brian discuss the Tonys, argue about hints, and decide that Prince Charles is a carnivore.
 
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Jun 12, 2018
Fill Me In #147: 30% Overdone Silkscreening
01:26:29
This week, Ryan and Brian use calculus in their daily lives, enjoy mirror symmetry, and listen to a voicemail.
 
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Jun 05, 2018
Fill Me In #146: I'm Slow, I'm Busy, I'm Tired...
01:14:43
This week, Ryan and Brian distribute royalties, talk about their math skills, and go for speed.
 
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May 29, 2018
Fill Me In #145: Isn't This All About a Sandwich in Connecticut?
01:22:50
This week, Ryan and Brian do some cryptic pub quizzing, identify the Hebrew Hammer, and have their copyrights infringed upon.
 
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May 22, 2018
Fill Me In #144: Basketball and Silence
01:01:51
This week, Ryan and Brian discuss color blindness, Cats, and unsolvable Only Connect puzzles.
 
This show:
  • Click here to listen to Episode #137
  • The random meeting of Ryan and Stephen "Grimaldi" Grant in the middle of Rome.
  • The Indie 500 Crossword Tournament: www.theindie500.com
  • A collection of 18 puzzles constructed, proofread, and edited by women. This project was helmed by Patti Varol and Amy Reynaldo. You can acquire these puzzles by donating $10 or more to any one of several women-centric charities. Submit your receipt, and get a PDF packet of puzzles. www.pattivarol.com/women-of-letters
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May 15, 2018
Fill Me In #143: Suddenly, See More
01:04:55
This week, Ryan and Brian find out what happened to Ryan's brilliant idea from last week, Brian talks about covering a musical theater artist in cat hair, and they briefly mention soup.
 
This show:
  • The Indie 500 Crossword Tournament: www.theindie500.com
  • A collection of 18 puzzles constructed, proofread, and edited by women. This project was helmed by Patti Varol and Amy Reynaldo. You can acquire these puzzles by donating $10 or more to any one of several women-centric charities. Submit your receipt, and get a PDF packet of puzzles. www.pattivarol.com/women-of-letters
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May 08, 2018
Fill Me In #142: The Water Wall
01:08:48
This week's episode is full of stringed instruments, British game shows, chickens, and soup (but not chicken soup). Listen as Ryan comes up with something brilliant but doesn't know what to do with it and Brian invites all our viewers to Maine.
 
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  • Read about Kentucky BBQ at www.southernfoodways.org
  • AS YOU LIKE IT, Act 2, Scene 4 - ROSALIND: I could find in my heart to disgrace my man’s apparel and to cry like a woman, but I must comfort the weaker vessel, as doublet and hose ought to show itself courageous to petticoat. Therefore courage, good Aliena.
  • A collection of 18 puzzles constructed, proofread, and edited by women. This project was helmed by Patti Varol and Amy Reynaldo. You can acquire these puzzles by donating $10 or more to any one of several women-centric charities. Submit your receipt, and get a PDF packet of puzzles. www.pattivarol.com/women-of-letters
  • The Mandela Effect
  • The Piggery
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May 01, 2018
Fill Me In #141: Big Crunch, Intense
52:07
This week's episode of Fill Me In is full of soup, Yoda, the return of the Filet-o-Fish, and the inherent problems with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. We also reference puzzles, puzzle people, and at least two Patricks.
 
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Apr 24, 2018
Fill Me In #140: Ciao, Ragazzi!
48:31
After a quick week off, Fill Me In is back to fill your ears with all the latest happenings in the crossword world. Hear Ryan talk about the CTA. Listen to Brian remember nicknames. Greet Thor as he brings us another round of Thunder.
 
From Erik Agard: The Puzzle Collaboration Directory is a Facebook group created to provide resources for people of color, women, and other underrepresented folks who are interested in learning to make crosswords. (If you're not on Facebook, you can email me at agarderik@gmail.com and I'll get you started.)
 
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Apr 17, 2018
Fill Me In #139: We're sorry, Peter.
01:06:08

Show Notes:

Radish Cooking Club for Kids

Queer Qcrosswords

Crosswords Club: Use this code for 50% off: 6PTX32. Call 1-800-220-7443 or go to Penny Dell Puzzles.

Is this good pizza? https://www.salandcarminepizza.com

Infinite Jest wiki: http://infinitejest.wallacewiki.com

Apr 03, 2018
Fill Me In #138: Take Two
34:25

Ryan and Brian are back! It's like seven years never happened, except for those three hours when we failed to successfully record this episode the first time.

Mar 27, 2018