I grew up in a game-playing and puzzle-solving family and have been enjoying 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 one published in a major newspaper. Being published in The New York Times would be the coolest since, as a native born New Yorker, I’ve been doing that puzzle for most of my life and have been a fan of Will Shortz since his Games magazine days. However, I have realistic expectations and am just happy if 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 most current ones and beyond that is the archives that I still have to build. My favorite themeless are Themeless #2 and Themeless #4; my favorite themed are For Smarties and The Ultimate Questions.
I hope you enjoy my efforts, I’ll post puzzles here as I develop them and welcome feedback and hearing from you.