On The Cross with Lucas Murphy
Writer, comedian, and social gadabout Lucas Murphy sits down with friends and contemporaries to solve the New York Times crossword puzzle. Along the way he might just learn a little bit about life, love, and the meaning of archaic words.
info_outline The Marvel Cinematic Yarn 03/16/2021
The Marvel Cinematic Yarn The boys are back with another fresh puzzle from the New York Times! Tuesday March 10th, 2021 crossword for those who like to play along. DON'T FORGET: we're a live podcast now, you can watch along and join the conversation!
info_outline Greetings Earthlings We Come Buckets 02/23/2021
Greetings Earthlings We Come Buckets The Boys are back, but now they're Twitch streamers. After some false starts and despite some technical difficulties they solved a Monday puzzle from the New York Times. We'll still be releasing the show as a podcast but you can play along with us every Monday night at
info_outline BOYZ ONLY: Pray The Percy Jackson Away 05/19/2020
BOYZ ONLY: Pray The Percy Jackson Away It's an instant COVID classic! Nathan and Lucas are video chatting and doing a New York Times Crossword Puzzle that's either about the most important subject in liberal politics, or Black History Month.
info_outline Bullies of the Mind with Laura Mattingly 04/07/2020
Bullies of the Mind with Laura Mattingly Lucas and Nathan have both been cooped up in a house with a multitude of stir crazy children and misbehaving animals, and now to make matters worse the Monday edition of the New York Times crossword puzzle is trickier than it used to be. Luckily Nathan's wife shows up and helps them beat Shortz's diabolical riddles.
info_outline BOYZ ONLY: Yellow Rat Finks vs Green Rat Finks 02/18/2020
BOYZ ONLY: Yellow Rat Finks vs Green Rat Finks Nathan's basement bar is looking good, Lucas is worried about the jerk off years, and the timer is running on the meatloaf. It's somehow one of the most meandering conversations that also sets a speed record for puzzle finishes.
info_outline Holy Infant Half Hot, Half Lemon Pepper with Jordan Goodwin 12/16/2019
Holy Infant Half Hot, Half Lemon Pepper with Jordan Goodwin Comedian/Antarctic Explorer Jordan Goodwin helps Lucas and Nathan solve a "spooky" themed New York Times crossword puzzle. There's some confusion about the plot of Cold Mountain. Jordan has the utmost confidence in his lawyers. Nathan talks about his first foray into theatre. Remember to give the show a review on Apple Podcasts, it really does help other people discover our show!
info_outline Boyz Only: Gallagher 37 11/05/2019
Boyz Only: Gallagher 37 Lucas and Nathan are here to keep you up to speed on everything you need to know in the upcoming season of the Knockout Game. Lucas is starting a leech farm, Nathan can’t understand who was saving up all those feathers, and the boys debate the benefits of falling from outer space vs falling off the roof. All this plus a New York Times Crossword Puzzle.
info_outline Jerkin' Off Around the Campfire with Craig Williams 10/22/2019
Jerkin' Off Around the Campfire with Craig Williams Writer and host of the Killscreen Cinema podcast Craig Williams joins Lucas and Nathan for a lively conversation about horror films that also includes some New York Times Crossword Puzzle solving at some point!
info_outline Office Bully with Holly Lynnea 10/15/2019
Office Bully with Holly Lynnea The multitalented Holly Lynnea returns for a spooky New York Times crossword puzzle that covers everything from the similarities between Madea and Jaden Smith, to Freddy vs Jason slashfiction, and even Roadrunner cartoon continuity errors. You can check out all of Holly's upcoming appearances at
info_outline Robo Bader Ginsborg with Nathaniel Potts-Wells 10/01/2019
Robo Bader Ginsborg with Nathaniel Potts-Wells It's a Monday puzzle episode, with a thin candy shell to protect the troops from the gloops. We talk prison art, buying Dennis Kucinich's Sentra, and Nathan's extremely disturbing foray into VCR hacking. If you enjoy the show please don't forget to go give us a review on iTunes!
info_outline BOYZ ONLY: Gothttorney at Law 09/04/2019
BOYZ ONLY: Gothttorney at Law If Nathan sounds a little different it’s because his mustache is gone, folks. The boys are back at it again with the Labor Day puzzle from the Failing New York Times, as well as all the conversation about Cracker Barrel you’ve come to expect. Plus reviews of gum, putting stuff inside your pee hole, and stealing valor from pole dancers.
info_outline Boyz Only: Caligula 2020 08/27/2019
Boyz Only: Caligula 2020 There's a mouse in the house and it's not the one shaking you down for a new subscription service! Nathan and Lucas discuss their political situations, plans for joining community theatre, redneck domestic partnerships, and cultures who use the wrong parts of the animals.All this and a Monday puzzle!
info_outline Boyz Only: Thigh Gap Jim 08/13/2019
Boyz Only: Thigh Gap Jim Lucas and Nathan are BACK, BABY! There's a solid half hour of very granular discussion about the production of booze, followed by the consumption of booze. We talk about the angry hot dog biker, Nathan's water park lifestyle, Boston Milkshakes, our complete and withering disdain for prestige television, invent scrabbilliards, and try to get to the bottom of a Sherlock Holmes Tampon Mystery.
info_outline Hack Man Fever LIVE with Sean Cannon 07/09/2019
Hack Man Fever LIVE with Sean Cannon On The Cross is coming to you LIVE from Poorcastle Festival with our special guest Sean Cannon, here to help us solve the New York Times Crossword Puzzle in a tent full of confused music festival goers. We launch into the poopoo and peepee material pretty quickly and it devolves from there into a heated debate about what the best pizza buffet is. Fans from the crowd get on stage to explain the history of dirty jokes, and Lucas makes some broad generalizations about what constitutes a soup. Plus a dueling speed round between a mini puzzle and Sean’s credentials!
info_outline Boyz Only: Spud as a Bud in a Rud 07/02/2019
Boyz Only: Spud as a Bud in a Rud The Boys are back with another puzzling pod. Nathan’s working out the kinks on his bankruptcy scheme, Lucas hates youtube celebrities, there’s some discussion on where Geico fits into the classic structures of narrative conflict, and Nathan describes his ideal date with Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
info_outline Boyz Only: Liberty's Toe 06/25/2019
Boyz Only: Liberty's Toe Are the rumors true? Is On The Cross headed for a breakup? Nathan's been blocking Lucas's Words with Friends requests, Lucas has nothing but contempt for Nathan's love of 90's bands. Things seem pretty unstable. Still the boys have reunited, not unlike the Beatles, for a rooftop performance this week. Join them as they take on a "mini-marathon" of three short puzzles. One easy one, one humiliatingly tough one, and one that's gay as hell. There's a lot of talk about video games, and a little talk about politics vis-a-vis terrible beer preferences. Also: if you live in the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio area, we're doing a live show July 6th at Poorcastle Fest! Go to for the complete lineup and tickets, it's gonna be one heck of a show.
info_outline The Bone Rattler with Misty Stine 05/22/2019
The Bone Rattler with Misty Stine Comedian Misty Stine comes by the studio to help solve a "food and drink" themed crossword puzzle from the New York Times app. We discuss the worst stage in town, hipsters, alternate calendars as a tool of the bourgeoisie, stamp addiction, and that Game of Thrones. If you like the show please go to Apple Podcasts and leave us a review! Let us know you're out there!
info_outline Boyz Only: Diaper Genie 05/07/2019
Boyz Only: Diaper Genie Nathan's gone garden crazy. Lucas is just trying to keep up. There's mild spoilers about the fate of Hagar the Horrible in the new Avengers movie. Nobody is keeping the go kart cheaters in check. All this plus we read the minutes from the last meeting of the itty bitty titty committee.
info_outline Trying to Rob a Squirrel with Lucious Williams 04/30/2019
Trying to Rob a Squirrel with Lucious Williams Lucious Williams is back for a New York Times Crossword mini-marathon! The boys bang out two mini puzzles, talk gardening, name problems, racism, Mini Kiss, preacher breathing, and which zoo animals we could beat in a fight.
info_outline The Princess and the Pud with Hunter Roberts 04/24/2019
The Princess and the Pud with Hunter Roberts We got a big, fat tiddy hit of a show! Hunter Roberts joins the boys for a comic themed edition of the New York Times Crossword. We talk about the Chinese jerkoff robot, Lake Poopyboobs, Garfield, faraway magic, and the dangers of vintage energy booze.
info_outline Boyz Only: How Thicc that Lord? 03/26/2019
Boyz Only: How Thicc that Lord? Lucas and Nathan go it alone this week with a full-blown Monday puzzle, and much like Icarus from the Led Zeppelin t shirt, their hubris was their undoing. It wasn't a particularly difficult puzzle, and they certainly got distracted talking about other things, but it took them a solid two hours to figure it out.
info_outline Good Cop, Wolf Cop with Eric Sorgel 03/13/2019
Good Cop, Wolf Cop with Eric Sorgel Return guest Eric Sorgel joins the boys for a New York Times crossword puzzle and somehow it becomes about Mister Noodle, opossum adjacent muggings, and driving your Ford to the fjord. Nathan offers a taste of the Nerd’s Rope, Eric has a doomsday posse put together, and Lucas owns what could be a lifetime supply of toilet paper.