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.