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

It’s Follow-Up Friday: Gems from 2016 edition!

Welcome to Follow-Up Friday! Follow-Up Friday is a chance for us to revisit the subjects of previous posts and bring the PuzzleNation audience up to speed on all things puzzly. And today, I’d like to revisit the post listing our … Continue reading

5 Questions with Constructor and Editor Patti Varol!

Welcome to 5 Questions, our recurring interview series where we reach out to puzzle constructors, game designers, writers, filmmakers, musicians, artists, and puzzle enthusiasts from all walks of life! It’s all about exploring the vast and intriguing puzzle community by … Continue reading

Better Gaming With Math and Statistics!

[Image courtesy of ThreeSixtyOne.gr.] Statistical analysis is changing the world. The wealth of available data on the Internet these days, combining with our ever-increasing ability to comb through that data efficiently using computers, has spawned something of a golden age … Continue reading