News Articles

  1. ABC News: 'Wordplay' De-nerds Crossword Craze (June 15, 2006)
  2. The American Prospect: Spell it out (Matt Gaffney's experience as a judge at the ACPT, March 16, 2005)
  3. The American Prospect: Surviving Sudoku (by Matt Gaffney, July 28, 2006)
  4. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Puzzling passion draws 50 to 2nd competition (June 29, 2008)
  5. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Wordplayer's Club (Interview with Vic Fleming, December 31, 2012)
  6. Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Decatur's crossword hits New York Times' hardest day (Profile of Ned White, March 5, 2010)
  7. The Atlantic: How Will Shortz Edits a New York Times Crossword Puzzle (September 13, 2011)
  8. Atlanticville: A nine-letter word that begins with h 'c' (Profile of Mary Derderian Brown, November 10, 2004)
  9. Baltimore Sun: Paths crossing (About Michael Shteyman and Ethan Cooper, March 31, 2002)
  10. BBC News: Tales from a cryptic crossworder (About the prolific Roger Squires, November 7, 2002)
  11. Beyond Wisconsin: Cruciverbalists, keep your day jobs (April 21, 2007)
  12. Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin: BU educator's work puzzles growing legion of crossword enthusiasts (Profile of Michael Sharp, November 30, 2008)
  13. Birmingham News: Newsday's Stanley Newman: Meet the man behind the new Birmingham News crossword puzzle (August 2, 2009)
  14. Bloomberg.com: What's 8 Down? Brooklyn, New Home for Crossword Puzzle Tourney (February 27, 2008)
  15. Boston Channel: Man Uses Newspaper Crossword Puzzle To 'Pop The Question' (September 24, 2007)
  16. Boston Globe: Brendan Emmett Quigley (May 16, 2008)
  17. Boston Globe: Crossing over to join the Puzzle People (September 24, 2007)
  18. Boston Globe: Down(town) and across, she hones crossword skills (March 19, 2006, profile of Katherine Bryant)
  19. Boston Globe: Farewell, etui (February 15, 2009)
  20. Boston Globe: He's got all the answers: Crossword buff Michael Doran has a clue about creating puzzles (August 9, 2004)
  21. Boston Globe: His puzzling avocation is no trivial pursuit (March 17, 2008, profile of Kiran Kedlaya)
  22. Boston Globe: Rise of the crossword robots (March 11, 2012)
  23. Bostonist: A Few Words with Brendan Emmett Quigley (February 26, 2009)
  24. Boston Phoenix: The Puzzler: New York Times crossword-puzzle writer by day, local pop-punk rocker by night, Brendan Emmett Quigley is hard to box in (May 17, 2001)
  25. Brookline Tab: Brookline puzzler crafts crosswords for the next generation (Profile of Brendan Emmett Quigley, February 26, 2009)
  26. Brooklyn Ink: Crossword Lovers Battle in Brooklyn (March 20, 2012)
  27. Business Report, South Africa: Sudoku could signal the end of an era for cryptic crossword (March 20, 2008)
  28. Capital Times: Crosswords get boost from 'Wordplay' (August 30, 2006)
  29. Capital Times: Madison Man a Prime Puzzler (Profile of Bruce Venzke, July 1, 2005)
  30. The Cavalier Daily: Writing by numbers (September 3, 2008)
  31. Chicago Sun-Times: Top puzzler, 11 letters (April 6, 2007)
  32. Chicago Tribune: Chicago's crossword whiz heads to tournament (February 26, 2009)
  33. Cincinnati Enquirer: Crossword fans get clues into Internet (September 8, 1996)
  34. Clash at the intersection of Across and Down (About the ACPT competition, New York Times, March 12, 2001)
  35. CNN: Last laugh? News of the World’s final crossword (July 11, 2011)
  36. Columbus Dispatch: Millions keep minds sharp, spirits high by working crosswords (March 12, 2004)
  37. Columbus Dispatch: Puzzle fan ready to cross words with best (March 24, 2006, profile of Nina Webb-Lawton)
  38. Connecticut Post: Puzzles passion turns into book (Interview with Douglas Fink, June 13, 2004)
  39. The Courier-Mail, Australia: Puzzle pundit has a word (Will Shortz, October 28, 2006)
  40. Crain's New York Business: Blackberry users to get Times crosswords (September 11, 2008)
  41. C-SPAN: Indiana University Commencement by Will Shortz (Youtube, May 18, 2008)
  42. C-SPAN: Indiana University Commencement by Will Shortz, Part 2 (Youtube, May 18, 2008)
  43. Daily Mail: The world's largest crossword puzzle built on 100ft tower block in Ukraine (January 16, 2009)
  44. Daily Telegraph: Woman calls triple-0 for crossword clue (January 9, 2009)
  45. Dallas Morning News: 'Wordplay' tourney begins Friday (March 21, 2007)
  46. The Day: Inside The Mind Of A Puzzle Composer (Profile of Merl Reagle, March 1, 2009)
  47. Daytona Beach News-Journal: What's a 6-letter word for crossword queen? (Profile of Lynn Lempel, August 16, 2010)
  48. DeKalb Daily Chronicle: Illinois Style: DeKalb copy editor brings out book of crossword puzzles (Profile of David Fixmer, January 17, 2006)
  49. Delaware County News Network: Where Crosswords go to die (April 14, 2010)
  50. Delta Sky: Puzzling: Merl Reagle Lives to Tease Your Brain (by John Grossmann, October 2003)
  51. Desert Valley Times: Mesquite man hits home run in crossword major league (Profile of Todd Gross, September 4, 2009)
  52. East Brunswick Patch: The Puzzling Pastime of Creating Crosswords (profile of Lou Sabin, September 4, 2011)
  53. Edison/Metsuchen Sentinel: Metuchen crossword creator keeps at it Despite success, 84-year-old resident still considers it a hobby (Profile of Frances Hansen, January 4, 2004)
  54. Edmonton Journal: Eight-letter word for documentary hitmaker (January 19, 2006)
  55. Emory Magazine: Boxed In (1996 article about master constructor/solver Trip Payne)
  56. Eugene Weekly: Jonesin' for Marriage (by Matt Gaffney, July 14, 2005)
  57. Flagpole Magazine: Puzzle Pro (Profile of Patrick Berry, August 5, 2009)
  58. Florida Times-Union: Crossword etiquette: What's the solution when you're totally clueless? (September 1, 2009)
  59. Fort Collins Coloradoan: Crossword win stays a puzzle (Profile of Al Sanders, March 3, 2008)
  60. Frederick (Md.) News-Post: Word Wiz (Profile of Scott Weiss, March 6, 2005)
  61. Frederick News-Post: A: A contestant on tonight’s ‘Jeopardy!’ Q: Who is Scott Weiss of Walkersville? (March 14, 2007)
  62. Gainesville Sun: 33 battle at 4th annual crossword tournament (February 14, 2010)
  63. The Globe and Mail: To word mavens, cabbie is king of the triple stacker (December 20, 2009, Profile of Martin Ashwood-Smith)
  64. Go Ahead, Cross Me (Article about Bob Klahn in Delaware Today)
  65. Grand Rapids Press: Games offer brain workouts (February 18, 2008)
  66. Greeley Tribune: Working with words: Greeley woman spent 26 years creating puzzles to keep students interested in learning (Profile of Ruth Rice, July 29, 2007)
  67. Guardian: Cryptic crosswords threaten justice (October 27, 2009)
  68. Guardian: Introducing the new Guardian Crosswords (February 12, 2010)
  69. Guardian Unlimited: Baby boom crossword clues compiled by ex-US president (7) (May 9, 2007)
  70. Guardian Unlimited: Clued to the past (February 2, 2009)
  71. Guardian Unlimited: Look again (6)* (Review of Pretty Girl in Crimson Rose (8): A Memoir of Love, Exile, and Crosswords, February 22, 2003)
  72. Guardian Unlimited: The Last Word (Profile of Ruth Crisp, December 6, 2004)
  73. Guardian Unlimited: Puzzling Times (October 30, 1999)
  74. Guardian Unlimited: The Monkey Puzzler (Profile of crossword compiler John Graham, aka Araucaria)
  75. Herald-Mail: Crossword puzzles beat out cigarettes, candy addictions (February 3, 2008)
  76. Hofstra Chronicle: Crossword puzzles in the modern age (March 4, 2010)
  77. Hold the Front Page: Death of veteran Evening Telegraph journalist (Obit of Geoff Hammerton, June 6, 2005)
  78. icWales.co.uk: We love ... Crosswords (March 21, 2006)
  79. I didn't have a clue (Apex/Eric Chalkey's MBE, Croydon Advertiser, January 2003)
  80. Independent: ANALYSIS: CHALLENGES ISSUED IN ANGER (10) (March 14, 2005)
  81. The Independent: Why you buy a particular paper (9) (December 4, 2006)
  82. Indianapolis Monthly: True Grid (March 2009)
  83. Isthmus: Ray Hamel: The Answer Man (February 29, 2008)
  84. Jewish Ledger: Puzzle writer to fill in the blanks about crosswords at men's club breakfast (May 18, 2005)
  85. Journal News: Crossword creators cross paths (September 12, 2008)
  86. Lansing State Journal: Schneider: What's a five-letter name that means puzzle lover? (February 7, 2010)
  87. Letters of Note: Frank Sinatra on Crossword Puzzles (September 21, 2011)
  88. A Life in the Arts: The Life of Margaret Petherbridge Farrar
  89. LoHud: The nation's most decorated crossword puzzler is Miriam Raphael of Rye Brook (April 11, 2010)
  90. London Times: Every second counts in Times Crossword battle (October 8, 2007)
  91. Los Angeles Times: Readers may be cross, but puzzle creator's aim is fun (March 31, 2011)
  92. Louisiana State University Daily Reveille: Play on words: Two students are working on completing a 21-foot crossword puzzle (January 30, 2007)
  93. Louisville Courier-Journal: Crazy About Crosswords (Article about solver Larry Wasser, December 29, 1998)
  94. M&A: You're Kidding! (Article about Liz Gorski's merger crossword, Reuters, July 11, 2002)
  95. Macworld: Crossword puzzle apps for iPhone (September 3, 2008)
  96. Make: Crossword puzzle apartment building (January 7, 2009)
  97. Manchester News: Crosswords in the Classroom (October 6, 2004)
  98. Marion Star: Hang in there, puzzle workers (May 3, 2009)
  99. Marshfield Mail: A case of crossword puzzlement (February 24, 2010)
  100. Media Bistro: The Dark Side of Crossword Puzzles (August 18, 2009)
  101. The Nation: Frank W. Lewis: A Puzzler's Puzzler (November 24, 2010)
  102. National Post: Sudoku: The silent killer (March 21, 2007)
  103. Nature: Program cracks crosswords (October 4, 2004)
  104. Newark Star-Ledger: Crossword fans sharpen their pencils for battle (March 20, 2007)
  105. New Orleans Times-Picayune: The puzzler (Profile of Armand St. Martin, November 28, 2006)
  106. News Leader: Man creates crosswords (Profile of Matt Gaffney, August 27, 2008)
  107. New York: An Appreciation: Thirty-one Down (Profile of Maura Jacobson, April24, 2011)
  108. New York Blade: Clue: Gay Whiz Who Stars in 'Wordplay': Answer: Crossword Puzzle Champ Trip Payne (June 26, 2006)
  109. New Yorker: Crossword Scandal! The Timess Mid-Ass Touch (February 10, 2012)
  110. The New Yorker: Dept. of Hoopla: Solvers (March 15, 2010)
  111. New York Magazine: The Puzzlemaster's Dilemma (June 19, 2006)
  112. New York Post: It's a Ty Score (July 28, 2007)
  113. New York Post: Merv's Last Game (August 23, 2007)
  114. New York Sun: Blogs Answer, Question Crossword Puzzles (May 18, 2007)
  115. New York Sun: Hundreds Across, Few Down at Crossword Meet (March 3, 2008)
  116. New York Sun: Obsessed With Crosswords (July 7, 2005)
  117. New York Times: Across and Down: Filling in the Blanks of Popular Culture (September 19, 2007)
  118. New York Times: An 11-Letter Word for Perfectionist? Starts With C (December 6, 2010)
  119. New York Times: A rush of excitement, from filling in empty spaces to completing a large loop (By Will Shortz, March 21, 2007)
  120. New York Times: A Shocker at the A.C.P.T. (March 1, 2009)
  121. New York Times: Frank W. Lewis, Master of the Cryptic Crossword, Dies at 98 (December 3, 2010)
  122. New York Times: Inside Japan’s Puzzle Palace (March 21, 2007)
  123. New York Times: No Memory, but He Filled In the Blanks (December 6, 2010)
  124. New York Times: No Puzzle in the Paper? I'm Blank! (July 10, 2009)
  125. New York Times: Puzzle Makers Exchange Cross Words (PDF, August 10, 1988)
  126. New York Times: This Time It's Crosswords (Not Cross Words) That Surface From Sondheim (September 16, 2011)
  127. New York Times: TimesCast (Features magician creating crossword puzzle, December 6, 2010)
  128. New York Times: Two Different Ways to Talk the Talk (Review of Stanley Newman's "Cruciverbalism," November 5, 2006)
  129. NPR: Beef Erupts Over Crossword Guru's Hip-Hop Slang Clue (January 11, 2012)
  130. NPR: A Chat with a Crossword Champ (Interview with Tyler Hinman, April 1, 2007)
  131. NPR: College Student Wins Crossword Puzzle Championship (Interview with Tyler Hinman, March 14, 2005)
  132. NPR: 'Post' Brings Crossword Master on Board (Interview with Merl Reagle, April 3, 2008)
  133. Ockham's Razor: Compulsory Imagination (Interview with crossword setter David Astle, July 31, 2011)
  134. O.C. Register: '2 Across' leaves some open squares (December 7, 2006)
  135. Oxford Student: Got a clue about crosswords? (November 11, 2010)
  136. Oxford Times: Isobel proves a puzzle champion (February 26, 2009)
  137. Pacific Palisades Palisadian-Post: Crosswords and Mysteries: A Perfect Pair (July 8, 2004)
  138. Pacific Palisades Palisadian-Post: Jerry Mayer's Play '2 Across' Challenges Crossword Lovers (October 21, 2004)
  139. Philadelphia City Paper: Living on the Grid (Interview with Matt Gaffney, July 20, 2006)
  140. Philadelphia Inquirer: Daniel Rubin: Masterman student a crosswords-writing whiz (August 16, 2010)
  141. Philadelphia Inquirer: What's an 8-letter word for 'reinstated'? (Profile of Wayne Robert Williams, August 10, 2010)
  142. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Crossword fanatic's daughter starts local tournament (August 1, 2010)
  143. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: HomeMaking: Don't cross me! (December 9, 2006)
  144. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: What's a 5-letter word for 'speeder'? (August 29, 2006)
  145. Politico: Times puzzle is clueless about McCain (September 25, 2008)
  146. Polytechnic Online: Tyler Hinman defends his crossword crown (March 29, 2006)
  147. Princeton Alumni Weekly: Puzzle geeks duke it out at crossword competition (April 23, 2003)
  148. Providence Journal: Brown crosswords puzzle NYT fans (September 14, 2010)
  149. RIA Novosti: HUGE CROSSWORD WRITTEN IN SERGIYEV POSAD (October 11, 2004)
  150. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Crossword puzzle makers abound in Rochester (January 1, 2008)
  151. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Down due to injury, she came across creating puzzles (Profile of Nancy Salomon, January 7, 2006)
  152. Rochester Magazine: The Dirty Double Crosser (Profile of Sam Bellotto, Jr., November-December 2005)
  153. Rocky Mountain News: For acrostic puzzle-maker, everything in life's a clue (Profile of Anne Brown, February 7, 2004)
  154. Rocky Mountain News: Crossword guru thirsts for a crown (Profile of Al Sanders, February 18, 2008)
  155. St. Cloud times: SCSU student makes crossword puzzles with local touches (November 23, 2009)
  156. St. Petersburg Times: Job spotlight: Wayne Robert Williams creates freelance crossword puzzles (September 7, 2009)
  157. Salt Lake Tribune: Columnist was favorite with readers (Obituary for Chet Currier, August 4, 2007)
  158. San Francisco Chronicle: Cross words about puzzles (January 30, 2005)
  159. Santa Clara Magazine: A Puzzling Professor (Interview with Byron Walden)
  160. Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Renowned crossword constructor is Master of the Grid (Interview with Merl Reagle, April 2, 2006)
  161. A Scholarly Sort of Fun (by Hal S. Barron, Chronicle of Higher Education, May 7, 1999)
  162. Scranton Times-Tribune: Area native knows the ups, downs of crossword making (February 11, 2007, interview with Wayne Robert Williams)
  163. Seattle Times: Clue: Makes you scratch your head. Answer: Merl Reagle. (June 20, 2006)
  164. Sky News: The Actor, The Lawyer And The Crossword Clue (January 21, 2010)
  165. Slate: It Themes Somehow Familiar (November 27, 2009, by Matt Gaffney)
  166. Slate Diary (By Matt Gaffney, January 21-25, 2002)
  167. Slate: The Dirty Word in 43 Down (April 6, 2006)
  168. Slate: The Ultimate Crossword Smackdown (July 12, 2006, by Matt Gaffney)
  169. The Star-Ledger: New Jersey crossword puzzle prodigy is youngest to create puzzle for NY Times (December 27, 2009)
  170. The Star-Ledger: Nary a cross word at puzzle competition (April 1, 2007)
  171. The Student Life: Wordplay: Joys of the Pomona College Crossword Culture (March 2, 2007)
  172. Sydney Morning Herald: Boot camp for the brain (August 2, 2010)
  173. Sydney Morning Herald: Lindsey Browne, Herald's Mr Crosswords, dies at 87 (June 3, 2003)
  174. Tablet: Branching out (By Ethan Friedman, February 18, 2010)
  175. Techland: Meet Dan Feyer, American Crossword Puzzle Champ (February 22, 2010)
  176. Telegraph: After today our crossword editor hasn't got a clue (November 1, 2006)
  177. Telegraph: Doing crosswords or sudoku 'helps couples get over arguments' (March 11, 2010)
  178. Telegraph: 80 years of crosswords (November 20, 2004)
  179. Telegraph: Frank Lewis (December 3, 2010)
  180. Telegraph: How the other half lives: Lucy Cavendish just can't stop doing crosswords (September 26, 2010)
  181. Telegraph: It is no puzzle why our crossword reaches 80 (February 5, 2005)
  182. Telegraph: Meet the Telegraph's cryptic crossword maestro (Profile of Roger Squires, April 30, 2010)
  183. Telegraph: Telegraph crossword: Cracking hobby won the day (August 26, 2010)
  184. Tidbits: Crosswords Online: Cruciverbalizing on the Web (June 3, 2003)
  185. Time Magazine: Who Needs Sudoku? (June 17, 2006)
  186. Times Herald-Record: 'Mr. Puzzle' heads to 32nd crossword tournament (February 28, 2009)
  187. Times of India: Joy of crosswords (November 3, 2006)
  188. Times Online: Puzzles editor awarded MBE (June 17, 2007)
  189. The Times Record: Mike Doran hits Puzzle Pinnacle (July 14, 2010)
  190. Tribune Media Services: Crosswords
  191. Tuscaloosa News: There’s a lot more to crossword-lovers than puzzles (March 18, 2007)
  192. United Press International: Crossword clue-giver (2 wds): Bill Clinton (May 10, 2007)
  193. USA Today: Crossword can spell appeal, or it can be clueless (July 19, 2005)
  194. USA Today: Teen is a man of letters in the puzzle world (March 13, 2002)
  195. Vancouver Sun: The quiet rise of crossword infatuation (March 7, 2008)
  196. Virginian-Pilot: Crossword record: Clues to a puzzling man (April 12, 2010)
  197. Wall Street Journal: Ellen Ripstein is a puzzle whiz, but will she be no. 1 this year? (March 13, 2001)
  198. Washingtonian: Puzzle People (July 2005)
  199. Washington Post: Crossword-Puzzle Contributor Alex F. Black Dies at 86 (May 22, 2005)
  200. Washington Post: A Name -- 2 Words, 9 Letters -- for Devotion (Obituary for Al Eichner, November 14, 2006)
  201. Washington Post: Redskins Do Crosswords (November 17, 2008)
  202. Washington Post: Solving crosswords may come down to the subconscious mind (January 16, 2012)
  203. Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier: Across and down: Crossword puzzles exercise mind muscles (July 23, 2004)
  204. WCAX, Vermont: Made in Vermont: Custom Crossword Puzzles (February 2, 2007)
  205. Weekly Standard: The best crossword; It might be in a three-letter word beginning with "S." (by Matt Gaffney)
  206. West Side Spirit: He’s Got a Clue: Teenage Crossword Whiz (Profile of Caleb Madison, March 18, 2010)
  207. Whittier Daily News: Across (and down): The crossword universe (June 20, 2006)
  208. Whittier Daily News: Puzzling hobby (June 20, 2006)
  209. Will Shortz Bio (from NPR)
  210. Wheaton College News: A Few Cross Words (Profile of Mike Doran, December 2003)
  211. Wilton Villager: Crossword 'guru' brings new puzzle to Villager (January 15, 2009)
  212. Wired: Get a Clue: Top Crossword Solver Throws Down Geeky Challenge (January 19, 2009)
  213. Wired: RIP Frank W. Lewis: WWII Codecracker, Ingenious Puzzle Designer (December 2, 2010)
  214. With My Clue (48 Across), I Propose (Newsday, March 9, 1998)
  215. WNYC: On The Media (about the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, 2006)
  216. Professional Pizzle Maker: Champion Crossword Solver (Interview with Trip Payne, April 23, 2010)
  217. WTTW: Tyler Hinman Interview
  218. WTVC: Teacher Uses Crossword Puzzle To Teach N-Word (October 1, 2007)
  219. Yale Daily News: Leave them guessing (Profile of Oliver Hill, September 9, 2008)
  220. Yorkshire Post: Plant Scientist Regains Her Crossword Crown (October 9, 2006)



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