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Women and Crossword Construction, Part 2: The Themeless Situation

C.C. Burnikel suggested another discussion topic: “The themeless puzzles are dominated by male constructors. I wonder why other woman constructors are not making them.” Our most prolific female themeless/freestyle puzzle-makers include Karen Tracey (a regular in the Washington Post’s Post … Continue reading

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Women and Crossword Construction, Part 1: Why the underrepresentation?

The spotlight is on women in the crossword business this week, as we head towards David Steinberg’s Saturday-evening presentation about the Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project and women’s contributions to the New York Times crossword over the decades. I don’t know what … Continue reading

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The ACPT constructor line-up was released today: Anna Schechtman, David Kahn, Kelly Clark, MaryEllen Uthlaut, Merl Reagle, Mike Shenk, and Patrick Blindauer, plus one constructor who is unnamed for some reason.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Did you all hear the good news for crossword constructors? The New York Times raised its payment for a daily puzzle from $200 to $300. (Sunday puzzles remain at $1000.) Peter Gordon promptly raised the Fireball contributor rate to a … Continue reading

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Monday, January 6, 2014

Although Sunday night is the deadline for the Pete Muller’s year-end finale meta puzzle, our intrepid Muller Monthly Music Meta blogger, Matt Gaffney, hasn’t had a chance to solve it yet. He’ll solve it Monday night (because he couldn’t bear … Continue reading

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