My first two published puzzles both ran in August 2008 — one in The New York Times and the other in The New York Sun. My recollection is that the Sun puzzle was accepted first and scheduled to run on Aug. 27, but the Times puzzle ended up running before that on Aug. 5.
I was always into puzzles, games and solving as a kid, but I was more of a logic/math nerd than a word nerd. I “experimented” with crosswords in college. My roommate actually got me into cryptics back then, to the point where we collaborated on a pair of cryptics long before I was even a regular solver, let alone constructor, of standard crosswords), but didn’t really get addicted until after seeing the 2006 film “Wordplay.”
Again, seeing the movie “Wordplay.” In the movie, the constructor Merl Reagle made it look so easy. I just figured, “I can do that.” Well, it turns out I’m not Merl, and it’s not nearly as easy as he made it look, but my instinct was right — I could do that.
I have a highly addictive personality. I’ve gone through a number of competitive hobbies (math contests, tournament bridge, competitive quizzing, board games), and when I get into them, I really get into them. I think that pretty well explains the solving addiction.
As for constructing, it has been almost three years since my job teaching physics at Harvard ended and I decided to give puzzle making a go as my only remunerative job. For the first two years, I still mostly self-identified as a stay-at-home dad rather than a full-time puzzle maker, but with my youngest child in school now, I seem to be spending roughly equal amounts of time wearing each of those hats.
For standard crosswords, I use Crossfire. What I like best about it is that it is cross-platform; there really isn’t another option that I know of for Mac users, so Crossfire is pretty much it. But it’s definitely got the functionality that I need for building grids.
For variety puzzles (which is what I spend a lot more time making these days), I have a variety of software tools that I wrote for doing specialized types of searches against my word list. The user interface on those tools is almost nonexistent (they’re all command-line tools), but I know how to use them, and they get the job done.
I make tweaks to my word list whenever I’m making a grid, so something like five to 10 hours a week. Any time I see a word scored too high or too low, which affects how often it may appear in a grid, I modify it. I also try to keep track of new names and terms to add to the list, because I write a Rows Garden puzzle every week and I need to start somewhere. I like the seed entry to be topical or current somehow.
Less frequently, I write a new tool to make a variety grid I haven’t tried before. That kind of task may or may not be quick, but even my most complicated tools consist of maybe 100 lines of code, so producing them is rarely a major time investment.
I certainly wouldn’t ever deliberately include an offensive entry. So ethnic slurs, terms demeaning to women, terms demeaning to LGBTQ+ people — those would not fly. More recently, I’ve also been trying to be more aware of ableist language (e.g. the use of “lame” as a general synonym for “unsatisfactory”) and excise it from both my puzzles and my everyday speech and writing.
A more idiosyncratic peeve is that I can’t stomach plural first names, or plural last names, unless it’s the name of a family you might actually refer to that way, such as the Obamas or the Kardashians.
Beyond that, I have what I consider to be a fairly mainstream aversion to entries like unfamiliar abbreviations, partials, combining forms, Roman numerals, obscurities and less familiar foreign words. I think I’m pretty picky about fill overall. It’s a good thing that most of the puzzles I make these days are variety grids that allow me to avoid using most of the “glue” entries that find their way into standard crosswords. Most of the variety puzzles I like to make allow for more freedom on which way the crossing words can read and less reliance on short words, so I rarely need to hold my nose when I put an entry into a grid.
I’ve managed to get this far without explicitly mentioning my subscription variety puzzle service, Outside the Box Puzzles, so I should plug that.
The other thing I’d like to mention is my book, “Triple Decker Trivia.” It’s a book of trivia puzzles, so it involves both answering trivia questions and also figuring out connections between the answers. It’s like trying to figure out the theme of a crossword puzzle that doesn’t have a “reveal” answer. I’m really happy with the book and I’ve heard from readers who have enjoyed many “Aha!” moments with it. I think crossword fans are very much in my target audience, so I hope people will check it out.
Deb also asked me about my run on the television show “Jeopardy!,” which was seven years ago. I was on the show from Oct. 3-12, 2011, winning seven games and 9,000. I came back a month later for the Tournament of Champions, where I was a semifinalist.B:
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