Crosswords

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, of course, be the coolest since I’ve been doing that puzzle for most of my life and have been a big fan of Will Shortz since his Games magazine days. But putting aside trying to get something published, puzzle making is a fun sideline and one I’m embracing in retirement.

I hope you enjoy my efforts, I’ll post puzzles here as I develop them. I welcome feedback and hearing from you.

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  1. 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...

  2. Themeless #4

    For my fourth themeless, I wanted to do a super low word count — 62 to be exact. I also was interested in building a ...

  3. The Ultimate Questions

    They say you can’t be a published author until you’ve been a rejected author and with this puzzle, I guess I’m halfwa...

  4. Dog Tired Jokes

    I had fun with the silliness of this one, I debated whether to submit it to a publication and ultimately figured it w...

  5. Themeless #3

    I wanted to keep inching down on the word count for my third themeless, this one clocks in at only 66 words. Featurin...