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Will Shortz Picks His Favorite Constructors

The list of puzzles from his 2015 puzzle collection

Will Shortz picks his favorite puzzlemakers
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In 2015, Will Shortz was asked to pick his favorite puzzlemakers for a new crossword collection.

To simplify the decision, he set some criteria: each contributor had to be current with at least 25 published NYT puzzles at all skill levels including Sundays. The results are the constructors you see below.

Interestingly, the constructors themselves got to choose 10 puzzles each, 8 dailies and 2 Sundays, so you're seeing the ones they're most proud of.

Each constructor also has a brief bio. To read those, you need to buy the book.

Update: apparently in at least some cases, puzzles were chosen by the editor, not by the constructors, despite what the Introduction in the book says.


The Constructors

Patrick Blindauer
Patrick Blindauer
Joel Fagliano
Joel Fagliano
Paula Gamache
Paula Gamache
Elizabeth C. Gorski
Elizabeth C. Gorski
Ian Livengood
Ian Livengood
Frank Longo
Frank Longo
Patrick Merrell
Patrick Merrell
Patrick Berry
Patrick Berry
Brendan Emmett Quigley
Brendan Emmett Quigley
Michael Shteyman
Michael Shteyman

The Puzzles

NumAcross LiteAuthorAnswers
1.Tuesday, June 2, 2009Patrick BlindauerSolution
2.Tuesday, May 9, 2006Patrick BlindauerSolution
3.Wednesday, July 22, 2009Patrick BlindauerSolution
4.Wednesday, May 16, 2007Patrick BlindauerSolution
5.Thursday, October 7, 2010***Patrick BlindauerSolution
6.Thursday, November 5, 2009Patrick BlindauerSolution
7.Thursday, January 15, 2009Patrick BlindauerSolution
8.Thursday, June 18, 2009Patrick BlindauerSolution
9.Sunday, June 4, 2006Patrick BlindauerSolution
10.Sunday, October 30, 2011Andrea Carla Michaels & Patrick BlindauerSolution
11.Monday, August 1, 2011Joel FaglianoSolution
12.Monday, October 22, 2012Joel FaglianoSolution
13.Wednesday, January 23, 2013Joel FaglianoSolution
14.Thursday, September 1, 2011Joel FaglianoSolution
15.Thursday, July 26, 2012Joel FaglianoSolution
16.Thursday, September 27, 2012Joel FaglianoSolution
17.Thursday, November 22, 2012Joel FaglianoSolution
18.Friday, March 16, 2012Joel FaglianoSolution
19.Sunday, September 2, 2012Joel FaglianoSolution
20.Sunday, October 16, 2011Joel FaglianoSolution
21.Monday, June 29, 2009Paula GamacheSolution
22.Monday, January 2, 2012Paula GamacheSolution
23.Tuesday, August 3, 2010Paula GamacheSolution
24.Tuesday, October 5, 2010Paula GamacheSolution
25.Tuesday, February 14, 2012Paula GamacheSolution
26.Friday, June 17, 2011Paula GamacheSolution
27.Friday, July 29, 2011Paula GamacheSolution
28.Saturday, October 24, 2009Paula GamacheSolution
29.Sunday, April 9, 2006Paula GamacheSolution
30.Sunday, September 12, 2010Paula GamacheSolution
31.Monday, July 31, 2006Elizabeth C. GorskiSolution
32.Wednesday, February 21, 2007Elizabeth C. GorskiSolution
33.Wednesday, February 1, 2006***Elizabeth C. GorskiSolution
34.Wednesday, March 28, 2001Elizabeth C. GorskiSolution
35.Thursday, May 8, 2003***Elizabeth C. GorskiSolution
36.Thursday, June 3, 2010Elizabeth C. GorskiSolution
37.Thursday, June 28, 2012Elizabeth C. GorskiSolution
38.Friday, July 22, 2005Elizabeth C. GorskiSolution
39.Sunday, February 20, 2011Elizabeth C. GorskiSolution
40.Sunday, October 18, 2009Elizabeth C. GorskiSolution
41.Monday, April 11, 2011Ian LivengoodSolution
42.Monday, May 21, 2012Ian LivengoodSolution
43.Tuesday, November 16, 2010Ian LivengoodSolution
44.Tuesday, August 14, 2012Ian LivengoodSolution
45.Thursday, March 24, 2011Ian LivengoodSolution
46.Thursday, July 5, 2012Ian LivengoodSolution
47.Friday, February 17, 2012Ian LivengoodSolution
48.Friday, January 11, 2013Ian LivengoodSolution
49.Sunday, January 29, 2012Ian LivengoodSolution
50.Sunday, February 17, 2013Ian Livengood and J.A.S.A. Crossword ClassSolution
51.Tuesday, July 15, 1997Frank LongoSolution
52.Wednesday, February 28, 1996F.A. LongoSolution
53.Wednesday, November 14, 2001Frank A. LongoSolution
54.Thursday, February 10, 2005Frank LongoSolution
55.Thursday, September 15, 2005Frank LongoSolution
56.Friday, October 24, 1997Frank LongoSolution
57.Saturday, November 22, 2008***Frank LongoSolution
58.Saturday, August 6, 2005Frank LongoSolution
59.Sunday, February 5, 1995Frank A. LongoSolution
60.Sunday, October 31, 1999Frank LongoSolution
61.Monday, December 28, 2009Patrick MerrellSolution
62.Wednesday, December 29, 2010Patrick MerrellSolution
63.Thursday, June 24, 2004Patrick MerrellSolution
64.Thursday, September 22, 2005Patrick MerrellSolution
65.Thursday, December 15, 2005***Patrick MerrellSolution
66.Thursday, November 17, 2011Patrick MerrellSolution
67.Friday, August 11, 2006Patrick MerrellSolution
68.Friday, March 18, 2011Patrick MerrellSolution
69.Sunday, November 20, 2005Patrick MerrellSolution
70.Sunday, December 18, 2011Patrick MerrellSolution
71.Tuesday, October 18, 2011Patrick BerrySolution
72.Thursday, October 26, 2000Patrick BerrySolution
73.Thursday, December 2, 2004***Patrick BerrySolution
74.Friday, August 31, 2012Patrick BerrySolution
75.Friday, October 19, 2012Patrick BerrySolution
76.Friday, February 21, 2014Patrick BerrySolution
77.Friday, February 15, 2008***Patrick BerrySolution
78.Saturday, May 19, 2012Patrick BerrySolution
79.Sunday, August 12, 2012Patrick BerrySolution
80.Sunday, March 9, 2008Patrick BerrySolution
81.Monday, March 1, 2010Brendan Emmett QuigleySolution
82.Tuesday, November 2, 2010Brendan Emmett QuigleySolution
83.Wednesday, May 18, 2005Brendan Emmett QuigleySolution
84.Wednesday, January 31, 2007Brendan Emmett QuigleySolution
85.Thursday, June 2, 2011Brendan Emmett QuigleySolution
86.Friday, October 8, 2010Brendan Emmett QuigleySolution
87.Saturday, January 21, 2006Brendan Emmett QuigleySolution
88.Saturday, March 1, 2008Brendan Emmett QuigleySolution
89.Sunday, March 2, 2003Brendan Emmett QuigleySolution
90.Sunday, October 25, 2009Brendan Emmett QuigleySolution
91.Monday, September 12, 2005Michael ShteymanSolution
92.Monday, September 6, 2004Michael ShteymanSolution
93.Wednesday, January 5, 2005***Michael ShteymanSolution
94.Thursday, November 24, 2005***Michael ShteymanSolution
95.Thursday, July 12, 2007Michael ShteymanSolution
96.Saturday, September 16, 2006Michael ShteymanSolution
97.Saturday, April 7, 2007Michael ShteymanSolution
98.Saturday, August 30, 2008Michael ShteymanSolution
99.Sunday, January 22, 2006George Barany and Michael ShteymanSolution
100.Sunday, March 19, 2006Michael ShteymanSolution

*** indicates puzzle also appears in the Will Shortz Favorite Puzzles collection.

Erratum: in the book, puzzle 65 is different. The one listed here is the one Will Shortz and Patrick Merrell intended.