93 episodes

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 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.

    Fill Me In #230: It’s my fault, I take it back, how about a lanyard …?

    Fill Me In #230: It’s my fault, I take it back, how about a lanyard …?

    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.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Fill Me In #229: It’s fun when your home town has the team that’s doing the thing.

    Fill Me In #229: It’s fun when your home town has the team that’s doing the thing.

    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 at https://tinyurl.com/fmi228con.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Fill Me In #228: Smoothness creates less friction.

    Fill Me In #228: Smoothness creates less friction.

    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, and you can download it here: https://tinyurl.com/fmi228con).

    • 55 min
    Fill Me In #227: A fine ribbon of red cloth.

    Fill Me In #227: A fine ribbon of red cloth.

    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.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Fill Me In #226: Get what it's called!

    Fill Me In #226: Get what it's called!

    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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    • 1 hr 36 min
    Fill Me In #225: We do things in convoluted, backwards, and unpredictable ways.

    Fill Me In #225: We do things in convoluted, backwards, and unpredictable ways.

    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!

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

jeddings ,

This podcast is mmm, mmm, good

Have you ever sat down in front of a bowl of soup and thought to yourself, Is this soup any good? Maybe you had heard about this soup from fellow soup aficionados who gave it a big thumbs-up. Or maybe you had sat in a restaurant and picked the soup from the menu that sounded good. Then two guys brought you a bowl of the soup and you had your first spoonful. What the hell kind of soup is this? You were expecting the soup you ordered, but it tasted like a totally different soup. Why does it taste like mailbags and sea shanties, and for some reason, thunder gods? But you kept eating, and eventually it started tasting more and more like the soup you ordered. And it's delicious. Really delicious. And by the time you got to the bottom of the bowl for that last spoonful, you were sad. Sad that you knew you had to wait another week to get another bowlful of soup. And you know what? The soup was 100% free.

Well, this podcast is like that soup. Give it a try, I know you'll love it, and you won't regret ordering it. I promise.

J-atx ,

Like eavesdropping on a secret crossword club

Listening to Ryan and Brian as they pleasantly discuss the sometimes pedantic minutiae of crosswords is like eavesdropping on cool crossword cats that you could only dream of having as part of your local circle. Except, instead of eavesdropping, they’re inviting you in. And it feels special! I’ve only listened to five or six episodes so far, but already I love all the quirky little segments, the intros to which feel like inside jokes and which I feel privileged to witness, particularly Ryan’s snaps when opening/closing the viewer mail; the fact that it’s called “viewer” mail instead of listener mail; and the sea shanty and thunder track… Just delightful! In addition to being entertaining, I feel as if listening makes me a better solver and overall consumer of crossword (and other word) puzzles in general. Really glad I found this podcast!

RICH PESTO (Viewer, 11, 4) ,

The Seinfeld of crossword podcasts

Why isn't palindrome a palindrome? Who's to blame for the Dodgers 30-year World Series drought? Was Carol Channing robbed of her best shot at Oscar glory when passed over for the title roll of "Hello, Dolly!"? Are a lobster's pincers an octet or an octad? Brian and Ryan dare to ask the questions that keep you awake at night, and sometimes they even answer them. Join the hosts as they pop in and out of rabbit holes over clever repartee about the week in puzzles and rhythmic cinema banter.

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