Teenage constructors

Ben Pall David Steinberg 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 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 36 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: Unless otherwise indicated, debut puzzles are edited by Will Shortz. 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.4
4.David Steinberg11/24/19966/16/20115,317 days — 14 yr. 6 mo.32
5.Caleb Madison1/29/19935/13/20085,583 days — 15 yr. 3 mo.30
6.Milo Beckman12/9/19956/24/20115,676 days — 15 yr. 6 mo.7
7.Tyler Hinman11/5/19847/4/20005,720 days — 15 yr. 7 mo.22
8.José Chardiet6/16/19947/6/20105,864 days — 16 yr. 0 mo.2
9.Matt Fuchs6/28/19987/21/20145,867 days — 16 yr. 0 mo.1
10.Ethan Cooper3/23/19835/17/19995,899 days — 16 yr. 1 mo.14
11.Will Nediger12/4/19895/27/20066,018 days — 16 yr. 5 mo.19
12.Natan Last11/13/19907/17/20076,090 days — 16 yr. 8 mo.14
13.Francesco Trogu5/25/19951/30/20126,094 days — 16 yr. 8 mo.1
14.Michael Shteyman5/9/19842/13/20016,124 days — 16 yr. 9 mo.50
15.Kyle Mahowald3/7/19873/22/20046,225 days — 17 yr. 0 mo.14
16.Merl Reagle1/5/19502/11/19676,246 days — 17 yr. 1 mo.6Farrar
17.Sam Ezersky *5/29/19957/28/20126,270 days — 17 yr. 1 mo.6
18.Oliver Hill7/30/199010/2/20076,273 days — 17 yr. 2 mo.16
19.Joel Fagliano8/9/199210/22/20096,283 days — 17 yr. 2 mo.32
20.Finn Vigeland8/7/199210/20/20106,648 days — 18 yr. 2 mo.4
21.Jonah Kagan *7/8/199112/1/20096,721 days — 18 yr. 4 mo.6
22.Arthur Schulman2/17/19358/24/19536,763 days — 18 yr. 6 mo.18Farrar
23.Alex Vratsanos11/16/19926/13/20116,783 days — 18 yr. 6 mo.10
24.Matthew L. Jones3/10/197611/4/19946,813 days — 18 yr. 7 mo.3
25.Patrick John Duggan9/18/19895/23/20086,822 days — 18 yr. 8 mo.4
26.Lucas Gaviotis Whitestone11/19/19899/10/20086,870 days — 18 yr. 9 mo.1
27.Kelsey Boes8/18/19926/21/20116,881 days — 18 yr. 10 mo.1
28.Harold P. Furth1/13/193012/12/19486,908 days — 18 yr. 10 mo.-Farrar
29.Michael J. Doran9/28/19849/16/20036,927 days — 18 yr. 11 mo.6
30.Jeffrey Harris8/22/19858/30/20046,948 days — 19 yr. 0 mo.4
31.Zach Jesse9/1/19841/19/20047,079 days — 19 yr. 4 mo.2
32.Joey Weissbrot11/6/19894/8/20097,093 days — 19 yr. 5 mo.2
33.Zoe Wheeler5/23/19901/19/20107,181 days — 19 yr. 7 mo.6
34.Henry Hook9/18/19555/23/19757,187 days — 19 yr. 8 mo.58Weng
35.Anna Shechtman8/30/19905/26/20107,209 days — 19 yr. 8 mo.3
36.Aimee Lucido10/30/19909/13/20107,258 days — 19 yr. 10 mo.3
* 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.