Teenage constructors

Michael W. Miller 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 Zachary Spitz Harold P. Furth Michael J. Doran Joey Weissbrot Zoe Wheeler Henry Hook Anna Shechtman Aimee Lucido

Here is the list of the 41 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 crosswords.

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.Michael W. Miller11/20/196212/6/19765,130 days — 14 yr. 0 mo.2Weng
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.52Shortz
5.Paolo Pasco5/10/20007/17/20155,546 days — 15 yr. 2 mo.4Shortz
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.18Shortz
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.17Shortz
17.Merl Reagle1/5/19502/11/19676,246 days — 17 yr. 1 mo.10Farrar
18.Sam Ezersky *5/29/19957/28/20126,270 days — 17 yr. 1 mo.11Shortz
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.50Shortz
21.John Westwig8/20/19977/20/20156,543 days — 17 yr. 10 mo.2Shortz
22.Finn Vigeland8/7/199210/20/20106,648 days — 18 yr. 2 mo.11Shortz
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.13Shortz
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.Zachary Spitz2/7/199711/18/20156,858 days — 18 yr. 9 mo.1Shortz
29.Lucas Gaviotis Whitestone11/19/19899/10/20086,870 days — 18 yr. 9 mo.1Shortz
30.Kelsey Boes8/18/19926/21/20116,881 days — 18 yr. 10 mo.1Shortz
31.Harold P. Furth1/13/193012/12/19486,908 days — 18 yr. 10 mo.1Farrar
32.Michael J. Doran9/28/19849/16/20036,927 days — 18 yr. 11 mo.6Shortz
33.Jeffrey Harris8/22/19858/30/20046,948 days — 19 yr. 0 mo.4Shortz
34.Clara Williamson8/29/199611/25/20157,027 days — 19 yr. 2 mo.1Shortz
35.Zach Jesse9/1/19841/19/20047,079 days — 19 yr. 4 mo.2Shortz
36.Joey Weissbrot11/6/19894/8/20097,093 days — 19 yr. 5 mo.2Shortz
37.Duncan Kimmel4/13/199611/25/20157,165 days — 19 yr. 7 mo.1Shortz
38.Zoe Wheeler5/23/19901/19/20107,181 days — 19 yr. 7 mo.6Shortz
39.Henry Hook9/18/19555/23/19757,187 days — 19 yr. 8 mo.58Weng
40.Anna Shechtman8/30/19905/26/20107,209 days — 19 yr. 8 mo.3Shortz
41.Aimee Lucido10/30/19909/13/20107,258 days — 19 yr. 10 mo.3Shortz
* co-constructed with a non-teen

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.