Crosswords

I grew up in a game-playing and puzzle-solving family and have enjoyed word games and crosswords since I was a kid. In my early, pre-computing teens, I wrote a few crossword puzzles the hard way — graph paper and lots of pencil eraser, see the image at the top of this page — but then gave up the habit for a few decades.

In late 2021, I decided to try writing crosswords again with the ultimate goal of getting published. As a native born New Yorker, I’ve been doing The New York Times puzzle for most of my life and have been a fan of Will Shortz since his Games magazine days. So no question it would be coolest to get one of my puzzles onto that site. However, I have realistic expectations and am just happy that some of the people I know enjoy solving the puzzles I create. Puzzle making is a fun sideline and one I’m embracing in retirement.

Below is a list of my five most recently published puzzles; see this page for a list of all of them. My favorite themeless are Themeless #2 and Themeless #6 and my favorite themed is For Smarties.

I hope you enjoy my efforts, I’ll post puzzles here as I develop them and welcome any feedback you have. Expect about one puzzle a month and if you use a news reader you can subscribe to an RSS feed here.

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  1. Themeless #6

    This 70 word puzzle is a recent favorite among my themeless puzzles — I was happy with the four longer seeds. Althoug...

  2. Themeless #5

    This 70 word themeless was created back in May and was seeded with the two long 15s at 15-Across and 51-Across. The r...

  3. For Smarties

    This is a 74 word themed puzzle that I created a few months ago. I am just getting around to posting here after I tes...

  4. Honey Bunch

    My newest creation was a present for my wife and my first attempt at something larger than the normal weekday 15x15. ...

  5. Dessert Treat

    This 72 word themed puzzle came together quickly as my mind wandered during a hike (see 17-Across) and it wasn’t long...