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 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.

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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. Honey Bunch

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

  4. 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...

  5. 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 ...