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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 ten puzzles each, eight dailies and two 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.

Across Lite files are no longer available, but you can solve each puzzle on the NYT website.


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

Click any date to see the full solution, or solve from the PDF where available.

NumSolutionAuthorNYT SolverPDF
1.Tue Jun 2, 2009Patrick BlindauerSolve
2.Tue May 9, 2006Patrick BlindauerSolve
3.Wed Jul 22, 2009Patrick BlindauerSolve
4.Wed May 16, 2007Patrick BlindauerSolve
*** 5.Thu Oct 7, 2010Patrick BlindauerSolve
6.Thu Nov 5, 2009Patrick BlindauerSolve
7.Thu Jan 15, 2009Patrick BlindauerSolve
8.Thu Jun 18, 2009Patrick BlindauerSolve
9.Sun Jun 4, 2006Patrick BlindauerSolve
10.Sun Oct 30, 2011Andrea Carla Michaels & Patrick BlindauerSolvePDF
11.Mon Aug 1, 2011Joel FaglianoSolvePDF
12.Mon Oct 22, 2012Joel FaglianoSolvePDF
13.Wed Jan 23, 2013Joel FaglianoSolvePDF
14.Thu Sep 1, 2011Joel FaglianoSolvePDF
15.Thu Jul 26, 2012Joel FaglianoSolvePDF
16.Thu Sep 27, 2012Joel FaglianoSolvePDF
17.Thu Nov 22, 2012Joel FaglianoSolvePDF
18.Fri Mar 16, 2012Joel FaglianoSolvePDF
19.Sun Sep 2, 2012Joel FaglianoSolvePDF
20.Sun Oct 16, 2011Joel FaglianoSolvePDF
21.Mon Jun 29, 2009Paula GamacheSolve
22.Mon Jan 2, 2012Paula GamacheSolvePDF
23.Tue Aug 3, 2010Paula GamacheSolve
24.Tue Oct 5, 2010Paula GamacheSolve
25.Tue Feb 14, 2012Paula GamacheSolvePDF
26.Fri Jun 17, 2011Paula GamacheSolvePDF
27.Fri Jul 29, 2011Paula GamacheSolvePDF
28.Sat Oct 24, 2009Paula GamacheSolve
29.Sun Apr 9, 2006Paula GamacheSolve
30.Sun Sep 12, 2010Paula GamacheSolve
31.Mon Jul 31, 2006Elizabeth C. GorskiSolve
32.Wed Feb 21, 2007Elizabeth C. GorskiSolve
*** 33.Wed Feb 1, 2006Elizabeth C. GorskiSolve
34.Wed Mar 28, 2001Elizabeth C. GorskiSolve
*** 35.Thu May 8, 2003Elizabeth C. GorskiSolve
36.Thu Jun 3, 2010Elizabeth C. GorskiSolve
37.Thu Jun 28, 2012Elizabeth C. GorskiSolvePDF
38.Fri Jul 22, 2005Elizabeth C. GorskiSolve
39.Sun Feb 20, 2011Elizabeth C. GorskiSolvePDF
40.Sun Oct 18, 2009Elizabeth C. GorskiSolve
41.Mon Apr 11, 2011Ian LivengoodSolvePDF
42.Mon May 21, 2012Ian LivengoodSolvePDF
43.Tue Nov 16, 2010Ian LivengoodSolve
44.Tue Aug 14, 2012Ian LivengoodSolvePDF
45.Thu Mar 24, 2011Ian LivengoodSolvePDF
46.Thu Jul 5, 2012Ian LivengoodSolvePDF
47.Fri Feb 17, 2012Ian LivengoodSolvePDF
48.Fri Jan 11, 2013Ian LivengoodSolvePDF
49.Sun Jan 29, 2012Ian LivengoodSolvePDF
50.Sun Feb 17, 2013Ian Livengood and J.A.S.A. Crossword ClassSolvePDF
51.Tue Jul 15, 1997Frank LongoSolve
52.Wed Feb 28, 1996F. A. LongoSolve
53.Wed Nov 14, 2001Frank A. LongoSolve
54.Thu Feb 10, 2005Frank LongoSolve
55.Thu Sep 15, 2005Frank LongoSolve
56.Fri Oct 24, 1997Frank LongoSolve
*** 57.Sat Nov 22, 2008Frank LongoSolve
58.Sat Aug 6, 2005Frank LongoSolve
59.Sun Feb 5, 1995Frank A. LongoSolve
60.Sun Oct 31, 1999Frank A. LongoSolve
61.Mon Dec 28, 2009Patrick MerrellSolve
62.Wed Dec 29, 2010Patrick MerrellSolve
63.Thu Jun 24, 2004Patrick MerrellSolve
64.Thu Sep 22, 2005Patrick MerrellSolve
*** 65.Thu Dec 15, 2005Patrick MerrellSolve
66.Thu Nov 17, 2011Patrick MerrellSolvePDF
67.Fri Aug 11, 2006Patrick MerrellSolve
68.Fri Mar 18, 2011Patrick MerrellSolvePDF
69.Sun Nov 20, 2005Patrick MerrellSolve
70.Sun Dec 18, 2011Patrick MerrellSolvePDF
71.Tue Oct 18, 2011Patrick BerrySolvePDF
72.Thu Oct 26, 2000Patrick BerrySolve
*** 73.Thu Dec 2, 2004Patrick BerrySolve
74.Fri Aug 31, 2012Patrick BerrySolvePDF
75.Fri Oct 19, 2012Patrick BerrySolvePDF
76.Fri Feb 21, 2014Patrick BerrySolvePDF
*** 77.Fri Feb 15, 2008Patrick BerrySolve
78.Sat May 19, 2012Patrick BerrySolvePDF
79.Sun Aug 12, 2012Patrick BerrySolvePDF
80.Sun Mar 9, 2008Patrick BerrySolve
81.Mon Mar 1, 2010Brendan Emmett QuigleySolve
82.Tue Nov 2, 2010Brendan Emmett QuigleySolve
83.Wed May 18, 2005Brendan Emmett QuigleySolve
84.Wed Jan 31, 2007Brendan Emmett QuigleySolve
85.Thu Jun 2, 2011Brendan Emmett QuigleySolvePDF
86.Fri Oct 8, 2010Brendan Emmett QuigleySolve
87.Sat Jan 21, 2006Brendan Emmett QuigleySolve
88.Sat Mar 1, 2008Brendan Emmett QuigleySolve
89.Sun Mar 2, 2003Brendan Emmett QuigleySolve
90.Sun Oct 25, 2009Brendan Emmett QuigleySolve
91.Mon Sep 12, 2005Michael ShteymanSolve
92.Mon Sep 6, 2004Michael ShteymanSolve
*** 93.Wed Jan 5, 2005Michael ShteymanSolve
*** 94.Thu Nov 24, 2005Michael ShteymanSolve
95.Thu Jul 12, 2007Michael ShteymanSolve
96.Sat Sep 16, 2006Michael ShteymanSolve
97.Sat Apr 7, 2007Michael ShteymanSolve
98.Sat Aug 30, 2008Michael ShteymanSolve
99.Sun Jan 22, 2006George Barany and Michael ShteymanSolve
100.Sun Mar 19, 2006Michael ShteymanSolve

*** 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.