Articles

The American Prospect

Spell It Out
The American Prospect, March 2005
Behind the scenes at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament.


The Weekly Standard

New York’s Crossword Wars
The Weekly Standard, August 2005
Which newspaper’s crossword is the best?


The American Prospect

Surviving Sudoku
The American Prospect, July 2006
How crossword puzzle writers adapted to the Sudoku craze.


Slate Magazine

The Ultimate Crossword Smackdown
Slate Magazine, July 2006
Who writes better crosswords, humans or computers?


The Weekly Standard

Wordcross Backwards
The Weekly Standard, July 2006
A review of the documentary Wordplay.


Slate Magazine

I Was Told There Would Be No Math
Slate Magazine, February 2009
All about KenKen, tipped to be the next Sudoku.


Slate Magazine

It Themes Somehow Familiar
Slate Magazine, November 2009
How Mike Shenk and I serendipitously arrived at strikingly similar crosswords.


Slate Magazine

The Shortz Factor
Slate Magazine, February 2012
Who’s the most “crossword famous” celebrity out there?