Saturday, February 18, 2017

Youngest Crossword Constructor

A 13 year-old has just broken the record for youngest NYT crossword constructor. After eight rejections, Daniel Larsen created a puzzle that met Will Shortz's standards and was published last Tuesday. 


The seventh-grader's puzzle had a very fun theme: things Elmer Fudd might say: TWEEHOUSE (tree house), SWATMACHINE (slot machine), WHISKEYMOVE (risky move), WOWEDMOUTHS (loud mouths), and QUACKOFDAWN (crack of dawn). I also enjoyed the clever clue: Man's nickname that's just wonderful? MARV.

For more on this story and insight into Will Shortz's crossword selection process click on this article.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Clever Clue of the Month


January 2017
Clue: They're going places?..............TOILETS
Constructor/Editor: Elizabeth C Gorski
Crossword Nation, Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Clever Clue Nominees

Please vote for the best clue from January (either by email or comments below). The Clever Clue of the Month will be announced on Friday.

Got loafers working better?.............RESOLED
Key to some fast exits..................ESC
Lady Gaga cover?........................WIG
Makes a lot of..........................PAVES
Sack cloth?.............................PAJAMAS
They're going places?...................TOILETS

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Clever Clue of the Month


December 2016
Clue: Lab coat?............................................DOGHAIR
Constructor/Editor: Evan Birnholz
Evan Birnholz's Washington Post Crossword, Sunday, December 25, 2016

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Clever Clue Nominees

Please vote for the best clue from December (either by email or comments below). The Clever Clue of the Month will be announced on Tuesday.

Polite telemarketer's mantra............IDONTRECALL
Bad name for a chauffeur................REX
One who shortened Life sentences?.......EDITOR
City, that despite its name, is smaller 
than Little Rock........................BOULDER
Provider of limited coverage?...........THONG
Lab coat?...............................DOGHAIR

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Clever Clue of the Month


November 2016
Clue: Struggle with hopelessness?............LISP
Constructor/Editor: Brendan Emmett Quigley
brendanemmettquigley.com, Monday, November 14, 2016


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Clever Clue Nominees

Please vote for the best clue from November (either by email or comments below). The Clever Clue of the Month will be announced on Saturday.

Professional boxer?.....................MOVER
Historic sewer..........................BETSYROSS
Struggle with hopelessness?.............LISP
Go over again, as one's writing?........BACKSPACE
Mitt with ten fingers...................ROMNEY
Inheritance that may be the start of 
something big?..........................FATGENE