Famous Director Stumbles Into Trivia Trap!

[Image courtesy of Buzztime.] It’s no secret that I love trivia. I enjoy bar and pub trivia nights, I compete in an online trivia league (Learned League), and I’ve served as a quizmaster myself. I delight in slipping trivia into … Continue reading

The Unexpected Return of Timothy Parker

Of all the names I expected to see pop up in puzzles in the new year, Timothy Parker wasn’t one of them. For the uninitiated, Timothy Parker was the crossword editor for Universal’s syndicated puzzle and USA Today, both of … Continue reading

And… Repeat

[Image courtesy of Pinterest.] I’ve had repetition on the brain lately. Repeatedly. How apropos. I was talking about plagiarism with a friend of mine recently — a teacher who has dealt with her fair share of plagiarized essays from students … Continue reading

A Puzzly Nom de Plume?

[Image courtesy of Writers Write.] There was an intriguing blog post on The Wall Street Journal‘s website a few days ago about their crossword editor, Mike Shenk. For those who don’t know, Shenk is a well-respected name in the world … Continue reading

A Happy Ending and A New Beginning for the Universal Crossword!

Some stories have happy endings, eventually. In one particular case, it took nearly three years for the satisfying resolution to arrive. Allow me to explain. In March of 2016, programmer Saul Pwanson and constructor Ben Tausig uncovered a pattern of … Continue reading

ACPT 2017 Wrap-Up!

The 40th annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament was this weekend, and puzzlers descended on the Stamford Marriott Hotel once again to put their puzzly skills to the test in what is lovingly known as “the Nerd Olympics.” The tournament takes … Continue reading