Jan 26, 2021
This week, Ryan and Brian double down on interviews, and share conversations with both NYT Spelling Bee aficionado Deb Koker and our very own Barnacle, Ben Zimmer. We have a new contest crossword (you can download it at (https://bit.ly/fmi280con), and you should check out our twice-weekly Twitch stream at
Jan 19, 2021
In this week's super-sized episode, Ryan and Brian join forces with Chelsea Rowan and Grace Topinka, hosts of "Two Girls, One Crossword." We hope you like meandering conversations about musicals (especially Cats) and food (including "pizza"). We also have a contest puzzle by Brian Gubin (you can download it at (
Jan 12, 2021
This week, The Barnacle (our own word oracle Ben Zimmer) stops by for a little behind-the-scenes on his linguistic research syst. We also have a contest puzzle by Brian Gubin (you can download it at (https://bit.ly/fmi277con), and you should check out our twice-weekly Twitch stream at
Jan 5, 2021
This week, Ryan and Brian welcome guest author and crossword maker Milo Beckman to the show to talk about his new book, "Math Without Numbers." Milo graciously entertains the Great Decker Debate, though it's clear no one warned him that the topic of sandwiches might come up. We also have a new contest puzzle by Brian...