Teenage constructors

Ben Pall David Steinberg Paolo Pasco Caleb Madison Milo Beckman Tyler Hinman José Chardiet Matt Fuchs Will Nediger Natan Last Michael Shteyman Kyle Mahowald Merl Reagle Sam Ezersky Oliver Hill Joel Fagliano John Westwig Finn Vigeland Jonah Kagan Arthur Schulman Alex Vratsanos Harold P. Furth Michael J. Doran Joey Weissbrot Zoe Wheeler Anna Shechtman Aimee Lucido

Here is the list of the 38 constructors who are known to have debuted in the NYT as teens.

The youngest anywhere may be Charles Gersch who had his first crossword published in the New York Herald Tribune on February 21, 1944, when he was exactly 13.5 years old. (He made his Times debut in 1951.)

Note: Count shows the total number of published NYT puzzles currently in our database. These will increase as we add earlier puzzles.

Here are the teens from youngest to oldest at debut:

NameBirthdayDebutAge at debutCountEditor
1.Arthur Bennett7/5/19555/22/19695,070 days — 13 yr. 10 mo.3Weng
2.Mike Miller11/20/196211/19/19765,113 days — 13 yr. 11 mo.4Weng
3.Ben Pall9/8/199511/23/20095,190 days — 14 yr. 2 mo.4Shortz
4.David Steinberg11/24/19966/16/20115,317 days — 14 yr. 6 mo.43Shortz
5.Paolo Pasco5/10/20007/17/20155,546 days — 15 yr. 2 mo.1Shortz
6.Caleb Madison1/29/19935/13/20085,583 days — 15 yr. 3 mo.30Shortz
7.Milo Beckman12/9/19956/24/20115,676 days — 15 yr. 6 mo.7Shortz
8.Tyler Hinman11/5/19847/4/20005,720 days — 15 yr. 7 mo.22Shortz
9.José Chardiet6/16/19947/6/20105,864 days — 16 yr. 0 mo.3Shortz
10.Matt Fuchs6/28/19987/21/20145,867 days — 16 yr. 0 mo.1Shortz
11.Ethan Cooper3/23/19835/17/19995,899 days — 16 yr. 1 mo.14Shortz
12.Will Nediger12/4/19895/27/20066,018 days — 16 yr. 5 mo.19Shortz
13.Natan Last11/13/19907/17/20076,090 days — 16 yr. 8 mo.15Shortz
14.Francesco Trogu5/25/19951/30/20126,094 days — 16 yr. 8 mo.1Shortz
15.Michael Shteyman5/9/19842/13/20016,124 days — 16 yr. 9 mo.51Shortz
16.Kyle Mahowald3/7/19873/22/20046,225 days — 17 yr. 0 mo.15Shortz
17.Merl Reagle1/5/19502/11/19676,246 days — 17 yr. 1 mo.9Farrar
18.Sam Ezersky *5/29/19957/28/20126,270 days — 17 yr. 1 mo.9Shortz
19.Oliver Hill7/30/199010/2/20076,273 days — 17 yr. 2 mo.16Shortz
20.Joel Fagliano8/9/199210/22/20096,283 days — 17 yr. 2 mo.40Shortz
21.John Westwig8/20/19977/20/20156,543 days — 17 yr. 10 mo.1Shortz
22.Finn Vigeland8/7/199210/20/20106,648 days — 18 yr. 2 mo.7Shortz
23.Jonah Kagan *7/8/199112/1/20096,721 days — 18 yr. 4 mo.6Shortz
24.Arthur Schulman2/17/19358/24/19536,763 days — 18 yr. 6 mo.86Farrar
25.Alex Vratsanos11/16/19926/13/20116,783 days — 18 yr. 6 mo.11Shortz
26.Matthew L. Jones3/10/197611/4/19946,813 days — 18 yr. 7 mo.3Shortz
27.Patrick John Duggan9/18/19895/23/20086,822 days — 18 yr. 8 mo.4Shortz
28.Lucas Gaviotis Whitestone11/19/19899/10/20086,870 days — 18 yr. 9 mo.1Shortz
29.Kelsey Boes8/18/19926/21/20116,881 days — 18 yr. 10 mo.1Shortz
30.Harold P. Furth1/13/193012/12/19486,908 days — 18 yr. 10 mo.1Farrar
31.Michael J. Doran9/28/19849/16/20036,927 days — 18 yr. 11 mo.6Shortz
32.Jeffrey Harris8/22/19858/30/20046,948 days — 19 yr. 0 mo.4Shortz
33.Zach Jesse9/1/19841/19/20047,079 days — 19 yr. 4 mo.2Shortz
34.Joey Weissbrot11/6/19894/8/20097,093 days — 19 yr. 5 mo.2Shortz
35.Zoe Wheeler5/23/19901/19/20107,181 days — 19 yr. 7 mo.6Shortz
36.Henry Hook9/18/19555/23/19757,187 days — 19 yr. 8 mo.58Weng
37.Anna Shechtman8/30/19905/26/20107,209 days — 19 yr. 8 mo.3Shortz
38.Aimee Lucido10/30/19909/13/20107,258 days — 19 yr. 10 mo.3Shortz
* co-constructor

At the other extreme, the oldest NYT constructor is certainly Bernice Gordon. She authored this puzzle at age 95: Across Lite, Solution, then this one a year later at age 96: Across Lite, Solution, this one at age 97: Across Lite, Solution, and this one at 98: Across Lite, Solution.

Then, amazingly, Ms. Gordon became the first centenarian constructor by having this puzzle published at age 100: Across Lite, Solution, and then this one the next August: Across Lite, Solution.