443 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, sandwiches, Stephen Sondheim, Viewer Mail, vuvuzelas, inappropriate glorification of the E Division, and more), but occasionally, we also talk about crosswords.

Fill Me In Be More Smarter

    • Comedy
    • 4.9 • 102 Ratings

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, sandwiches, Stephen Sondheim, Viewer Mail, vuvuzelas, inappropriate glorification of the E Division, and more), but occasionally, we also talk about crosswords.

    Fill Me In #406: I’m just trying to stay within myself.

    Fill Me In #406: I’m just trying to stay within myself.

    Psst! — we forget that we've said things on the show before. But, *ahem* — we don't mind repeating ourselves! Best way to complain is to write us email. We love it. Today: The Sound of Music, the words of Cody Bellinger, and please join everyone on Crosscord!
    If you get bored (how could you?!), write something for the Fill Me In wiki. And if you're feeling philanthropic, donate to our Patreon.
    Do you enjoy our show? Actually, it doesn't matter! Please consider leaving us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts. This will help new listeners find our show, and you'll be inducted into the Quintuple Decker Turkey Club.
    Drop us a note or a Tweet or a postcard or a phone call — we'd love to hear from you.
    Helpful links:
    Apple Podcasts link: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fill-me-in/id1364379980 Google Play link: https://player.fm/series/fill-me-in-2151002 Amazon/Audible link: https://www.amazon.com/item_name/dp/B08JJRM927 RSS feed: http://bemoresmarter.libsyn.com/rss Contact us: Email (fmi@bemoresmarter.com) / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Google Voice (315-510-9892) We're putting these words here to help with search engine optimization. We don't think it will work, but you probably haven't read this far, so it doesn't matter: baseball, crossword, crosswords, etymology, game, hunt, kealoa, movies, musicals, mystery, oscar, pizza, puzzle, puzzles, sandwiches, soup, trivia, words

    • 1 hr 42 min
    Fill Me In #407: The internet is an umbrage machine.

    Fill Me In #407: The internet is an umbrage machine.

    This week, Ryan and Brian welcome Jim Horne back to the show. Jim created XWordInfo.com, and now with major changes happening, shares his perspectives, stories, and highlights. And for a bit of nostalgia, you can listen to Jim's last FMI interview in 2008!
    If you get bored (how could you?!), write something for the Fill Me In wiki. And if you're feeling philanthropic, donate to our Patreon.
    Do you enjoy our show? Actually, it doesn't matter! Please consider leaving us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts. This will help new listeners find our show, and you'll be inducted into the Quintuple Decker Turkey Club.
    Drop us a note or a Tweet or a postcard or a phone call — we'd love to hear from you.
    Helpful links:
    Apple Podcasts link: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fill-me-in/id1364379980 Google Play link: https://player.fm/series/fill-me-in-2151002 Amazon/Audible link: https://www.amazon.com/item_name/dp/B08JJRM927 RSS feed: http://bemoresmarter.libsyn.com/rss Contact us: Email (fmi@bemoresmarter.com) / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Google Voice (315-510-9892) We're putting these words here to help with search engine optimization. We don't think it will work, but you probably haven't read this far, so it doesn't matter: baseball, crossword, crosswords, etymology, game, hunt, kealoa, movies, musicals, mystery, oscar, pizza, puzzle, puzzles, sandwiches, soup, trivia, words

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Fill Me In #408: We're trying to get Zoom-bombed, and it's not working!

    Fill Me In #408: We're trying to get Zoom-bombed, and it's not working!

    This week, Ben Zimmer (30D!) joins Brian for discussions of #gridspotting, the Bryant Park tournament, and the Baby Mets. ALSO: Brian is not shy to perpetuate conspiracy theories about Will Shortz's alter ego, and contrary to the episode's title, we did actually get Zoom-bombed.
    Stuff to click:
    XWordInfo, all that remains CrossCord, the crossword Discord server Puzzability, where you can find links to the Bryant Park tournament puzzles Ugleh's crossword grid search Crosserville the maybe-it's-a-podcast featuring Robyn Weintraub If you get bored (how could you?!), write something for the Fill Me In wiki. And if you're feeling philanthropic, donate to our Patreon.
    Do you enjoy our show? Actually, it doesn't matter! Please consider leaving us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts. This will help new listeners find our show, and you'll be inducted into the Quintuple Decker Turkey Club.
    Drop us a note or a Tweet or a postcard or a phone call — we'd love to hear from you.
    Helpful links:
    Apple Podcasts link: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fill-me-in/id1364379980 Google Play link: https://player.fm/series/fill-me-in-2151002 Amazon/Audible link: https://www.amazon.com/item_name/dp/B08JJRM927 RSS feed: http://bemoresmarter.libsyn.com/rss Contact us: Email (fmi@bemoresmarter.com) / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Google Voice (315-510-9892) We're putting these words here to help with search engine optimization. We don't think it will work, but you probably haven't read this far, so it doesn't matter: baseball, crossword, crosswords, etymology, game, hunt, kealoa, movies, musicals, mystery, oscar, pizza, puzzle, puzzles, sandwiches, soup, trivia, words

    • 1 hr 50 min
    Fill Me In #409: Not as cool as monkeys!

    Fill Me In #409: Not as cool as monkeys!

    This week, Ryan is back in spite of his overwhelming TikTok fame, and rejoins Brian for an episode like literally every other – musicals, baseball, some crosswords, and a somewhat disappointing Kealoan accomplishment.
    If you get bored (how could you?!), write something for the Fill Me In wiki. And if you're feeling philanthropic, donate to our Patreon.
    Do you enjoy our show? Actually, it doesn't matter! Please consider leaving us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts. This will help new listeners find our show, and you'll be inducted into the Quintuple Decker Turkey Club.
    Drop us a note or a Tweet or a postcard or a phone call — we'd love to hear from you.
    Helpful links:
    Apple Podcasts link: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fill-me-in/id1364379980 Google Play link: https://player.fm/series/fill-me-in-2151002 Amazon/Audible link: https://www.amazon.com/item_name/dp/B08JJRM927 RSS feed: http://bemoresmarter.libsyn.com/rss Contact us: Email (fmi@bemoresmarter.com) / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Google Voice (315-510-9892) We're putting these words here to help with search engine optimization. We don't think it will work, but you probably haven't read this far, so it doesn't matter: baseball, crossword, crosswords, etymology, game, hunt, kealoa, movies, musicals, mystery, oscar, pizza, puzzle, puzzles, sandwiches, soup, trivia, words

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Fill Me In #410: It was confusing and also not confusing at the same time.

    Fill Me In #410: It was confusing and also not confusing at the same time.

    This week, Francis Heaney and Scott Weiss stop by to discuss escape rooms, logic puzzles, and their fantastic new book, "Escape Room Logic Puzzles." Also: Ryan looks for redemption in a new Kealoa that may have some of you drooling with hunger.
    Stuff to click:
    Buy Francis and Scott's book on Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or Maggie Mae's Bookshop Test out a couple sample puzzles from the book! (PDF link) Try some virtual escape rooms with Scott and Em at Squonkland Visit Francis Heaney's blog Check out the flyer for Conline 5 If you get bored (how could you?!), write something for the Fill Me In wiki. And if you're feeling philanthropic, donate to our Patreon.
    Do you enjoy our show? Actually, it doesn't matter! Please consider leaving us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts. This will help new listeners find our show, and you'll be inducted into the Quintuple Decker Turkey Club.
    Drop us a note or a Tweet or a postcard or a phone call — we'd love to hear from you.
    Helpful links:
    Apple Podcasts link: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fill-me-in/id1364379980 Google Play link: https://player.fm/series/fill-me-in-2151002 Amazon/Audible link: https://www.amazon.com/item_name/dp/B08JJRM927 RSS feed: http://bemoresmarter.libsyn.com/rss Contact us: Email (fmi@bemoresmarter.com) / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Google Voice (315-510-9892) We're putting these words here to help with search engine optimization. We don't think it will work, but you probably haven't read this far, so it doesn't matter: baseball, crossword, crosswords, etymology, game, hunt, kealoa, movies, musicals, mystery, oscar, pizza, puzzle, puzzles, sandwiches, soup, trivia, words

    • 1 hr 54 min
    Fill Me In #411: You’re relegated down, and you’re uplegated up.

    Fill Me In #411: You’re relegated down, and you’re uplegated up.

    This week, the geniuses behind Lemonade Disco – Taylor Johnson, Steve Mossberg, and Shannon Rapp – visit the studio to discuss their efforts in puzzles, publishing, and punctually putting out prompted content. Also, Kealoa, which is just a little bit of this and a little bit of that.
    Taylor Johnson (he/him) is a taco enthusiast who can be found at www.lemonadedisco.com, writes Squared Away puzzles for www.puzzlesociety.com, and can be found on Twitter @lemonade_disco_ and personally @cerealmilkxwrds.
    Steve Mossberg (he/him) makes variety cryptics at Square Chase, cryptics in The Independent (as Mog), and elsewhere, and is on the editing team at AVCX cryptics. He can be found on twitter at @MossDef.
    Shannon Rapp (she/her) (aka Norah Sharpe, an expert in sconces, the name is fake but the puzzles are real, I only come on this show to get more nicknames) blogs puzzles at https://www.norahsharpe.com/, writes easy midi pop culture crosswords for  http://dailypopcrosswordsweb.puzzlenation.com/, is on the team at Daily Crossword Links and can be found on twitter at @sharpenorah.
    Other stuff to click:
    colorless green ideas sleep furiously TW3 Marcy Playground's Sex and Candy If you get bored (how could you?!), write something for the Fill Me In wiki. And if you're feeling philanthropic, donate to our Patreon.
    Do you enjoy our show? Actually, it doesn't matter! Please consider leaving us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts. This will help new listeners find our show, and you'll be inducted into the Quintuple Decker Turkey Club.
    Drop us a note or a Tweet or a postcard or a phone call — we'd love to hear from you.
    Helpful links:
    Apple Podcasts link: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/fill-me-in/id1364379980 Google Play link: https://player.fm/series/fill-me-in-2151002 Amazon/Audible link: https://www.amazon.com/item_name/dp/B08JJRM927 RSS feed: http://bemoresmarter.libsyn.com/rss Contact us: Email (fmi@bemoresmarter.com) / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Google Voice (315-510-9892) We're putting these words here to help with search engine optimization. We don't think it will work, but you probably haven't read this far, so it doesn't matter: baseball, crossword, crosswords, etymology, game, hunt, kealoa, movies, musicals, mystery, oscar, pizza, puzzle, puzzles, sandwiches, soup, trivia, words

    • 1 hr 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
102 Ratings

102 Ratings

kklazar ,

Not what you’d expect!

A delightful hour (or so) ostensibly about crosswords but ultimately about so much more… musical theater… baseball… and other random musings by the truly delightful hosts Brian and Ryan. Wouldn’t miss it for the world!

SabenaK ,

Learned a lot about the Dodgers and Sondheim

Easily the best podcast about baseball and musical theater I’ve ever listened to!

Geometric Homicide ,

I listen to a LOT of podcasts and I can confidently and enthusiastically say that Fill Me In is…one of them.

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