Every month I nominate five crosswords published anywhere by anyone for Crossword of the Month, then choose the winner. March’s CotM by Andrew Ries is especially remarkable.
My article in Slate on the recent plagiarism troubles in crosswords.
Is here. Easy one, I’m told.
The Washington Post‘s extremely talented new Sunday crossword writer, Evan Birnholz, introduces the paper’s readers to metapuzzles.
Excellent article on metapuzzles (a.k.a. contest crosswords) by Matthew Kassel in the New York Observer.
My new subscription service, Matt Gaffney’s Daily Crossword (MGDX), launches today. An all-new 10×10 mini-themed crossword delivered to you via e-mail every morning for $24/$18/$12/$6 for 12/6/3/1 month(s).
For the second time in two months, the American crossword puzzle world has lost a titan. Read the Guardian‘s appreciation of the great Henry Hook here.
What’s fact and what’s fiction in the new Bobby Fischer movie “Pawn Sacrifice”? I sort it out here.
Exciting news: starting this week, the Wall Street Journal will publish a contest crossword every Friday. I’ll be writing half of them myself, alternating Fridays with an extremely capable group of constructors chosen by WSJ puzzle editor Mike Shenk. The first puzzle is here.
New to contest crosswords? Check out my how-to guide here.
The great Merl Reagle has died unexpectedly at the age of 65. Read my appreciation of his life and many contributions to crossword puzzles here.