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.
Read my review of John Williams, Jr.’s new Scrabble book, Word Nerd, in the Wall Street Journal.
I wrote an article for Mental Floss explaining how to write a crossword. Read it here.
I’m running all-new daily mini-puzzles at http://mattgaffneydaily.blogspot.com/. They have mini-themes (usually two theme entries) and are designed to be knocked out in just a few minutes. Give them a shot!
I’m now writing a bi-weekly metapuzzle for New York magazine called the Vulture Crossword Contest. These are roughly a Tuesday New York Times level of difficult and themes are popular culture-focused.
On New Year’s Eve, at the biggest puzzle tournament of the year, star crossword constructor Daphne Pratt has been poisoned. The poor lady!
Whodunit? You must solve eight meta-crosswords to unmask the guilty party. Check it out at my new Kickstarter campaign.
I was recently on my local NPR station (WMRA Harrisonburg) talking with Martha Woodroof about crosswords. You can listed to the interview here.
I’ve started a new blog, where I’m posting daily on anything having to do with crosswords. Check it out here:
I’ve become an active Twitterer lately. Follow me here:
My annual Tip Jar Week raised just over $11,000 at www.xwordcontest.com. That represented a 21% increase over last year’s total.