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# Will Shortz Picks His Favorite Puzzles

## The list of puzzles from his 2011 puzzle collection

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Bloggers express their opinions every day but in June 2011, Will Shortz himself picked his favorite puzzles from September 2002 to December 2010.

If you have an NYT Games Subscription you can solve them using the links here
but the real value comes from reading Mr. Shortz's commentary on each puzzle. For that, you need to buy the book
Will Shortz Picks His Favorite Puzzles: 101 of the Top Crosswords from The New York Times
.

"In my opinion we're living in the golden age of crosswords. Puzzles have never been better or more interesting
than they are now." This collection makes a great case for Will's bold claim. Working your way through all these would be quite a journey.

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

Here are the puzzles from oldest to most recent:

Num | Solution | Author | NYT Solver | PDF |

1. | Mon Sep 9, 2002 | William I. Johnston | Solve | |

2. | Thu Oct 24, 2002 | Patrick Merrell | Solve | |

3. | Fri Nov 15, 2002 | Brendan Emmett Quigley | Solve | |

4. | Thu Jan 23, 2003 | Cathy Millhauser | Solve | |

5. | Wed Mar 5, 2003 | Tyler Hinman | Solve | |

*** 6. | Thu May 8, 2003 | Elizabeth C. Gorski | Solve | |

7. | Thu Jun 26, 2003 | Patrick Berry | Solve | |

8. | Thu Sep 25, 2003 | Patrick Merrell | Solve | |

9. | Thu Dec 25, 2003 | John Underwood | Solve | |

10. | Sat Jan 3, 2004 | James M. and James C. Jenista | Solve | |

† 11. | Thu Jan 15, 2004 | Patrick Merrell | Solve | PDF |

12. | Thu Mar 25, 2004 | David Liben-Nowell and Ryan O'Donnell | Solve | |

13. | Thu Apr 1, 2004 | Byron Walden | Solve | |

14. | Thu Jun 3, 2004 | Mike Torch | Solve | |

15. | Fri Aug 20, 2004 | Harvey Estes | Solve | |

16. | Thu Sep 2, 2004 | David J. Kahn | Solve | |

17. | Mon Oct 11, 2004 | Jim Hyres | Solve | |

18. | Tue Nov 2, 2004 | Patrick Merrell | Solve | |

*** 19. | Thu Dec 2, 2004 | Patrick Berry | Solve | |

20. | Fri Dec 10, 2004 | Frank Longo | Solve | |

*** 21. | Wed Jan 5, 2005 | Michael Shteyman | Solve | |

22. | Fri Mar 11, 2005 | Manny Nosowsky | Solve | |

23. | Wed Mar 23, 2005 | Mike Shenk | Solve | |

24. | Fri Apr 1, 2005 | David Pringle | Solve | |

25. | Tue May 31, 2005 | Merl Reagle | Solve | |

26. | Wed Aug 3, 2005 | David Liben-Nowell and Ryan O'Donnell | Solve | |

27. | Tue Aug 23, 2005 | Holden Baker and Nancy Salomon | Solve | |

28. | Thu Nov 10, 2005 | Lee Glickstein and Craig Kasper | Solve | PDF |

*** 29. | Thu Nov 24, 2005 | Michael Shteyman | Solve | |

*** 30. | Thu Dec 15, 2005 | Patrick Merrell | Solve | |

31. | Wed Dec 21, 2005 | David J. Kahn | Solve | |

32. | Wed Jan 25, 2006 | John Farmer | Solve | |

*** 33. | Wed Feb 1, 2006 | Elizabeth C. Gorski | Solve | |

34. | Tue Apr 18, 2006 | Pete Muller | Solve | |

35. | Tue Apr 25, 2006 | Kevan Choset | Solve | |

36. | Wed May 17, 2006 | Patrick Blindauer | Solve | |

37. | Thu May 18, 2006 | Peter A. Collins | Solve | |

38. | Wed May 31, 2006 | Trip Payne | Solve | |

39. | Wed Jun 7, 2006 | Patrick Blindauer | Solve | |

40. | Tue Jun 27, 2006 | Damon J. Gulczynski | Solve | |

41. | Mon Aug 7, 2006 | Lynn Lempel | Solve | |

42. | Tue Aug 22, 2006 | Michael J. Doran | Solve | |

43. | Tue Oct 3, 2006 | Ed Stein | Solve | |

44. | Thu Oct 5, 2006 | Joe DiPietro | Solve | |

45. | Thu Oct 26, 2006 | Todd McClary and Dave Tuller | Solve | |

46. | Thu Jan 25, 2007 | Manny Nosowsky | Solve | |

47. | Tue May 1, 2007 | Courtenay Crocker and Nancy Salomon | Solve | |

48. | Thu Jul 26, 2007 | Joe Krozel | Solve | |

49. | Mon Aug 20, 2007 | Lynn Lempel | Solve | |

50. | Mon Sep 10, 2007 | Edward M Sessa | Solve | |

51. | Thu Sep 27, 2007 | Peter Wentz | Solve | |

52. | Thu Nov 1, 2007 | Larry Shearer | Solve | |

53. | Thu Dec 20, 2007 | Peter A. Collins | Solve | |

54. | Thu Jan 24, 2008 | Matt Ginsberg | Solve | |

*** 55. | Fri Feb 15, 2008 | Patrick Berry | Solve | |

56. | Thu Jun 19, 2008 | Joe Krozel | Solve | |

57. | Thu Aug 14, 2008 | Damon J. Gulczynski | Solve | |

58. | Thu Sep 11, 2008 | Caleb Madison | Solve | |

59. | Thu Sep 18, 2008 | Mike Nothnagel | Solve | |

60. | Wed Oct 1, 2008 | Barry Boone | Solve | |

61. | Mon Oct 6, 2008 | Patrick Blindauer | Solve | |

62. | Tue Oct 14, 2008 | Lucy Gardner Anderson | Solve | |

*** 63. | Sat Nov 22, 2008 | Frank Longo | Solve | |

64. | Tue Jan 20, 2009 | Tim Wescott | Solve | |

65. | Tue Feb 10, 2009 | John Underwood | Solve | |

66. | Wed Apr 1, 2009 | Ed Stein and Paula Gamache | Solve | |

67. | Thu Apr 2, 2009 | Brendan Emmett Quigley | Solve | |

68. | Wed Apr 22, 2009 | Daniel A. Finan | Solve | |

69. | Thu Jun 4, 2009 | Peter A. Collins and Joe Krozel | Solve | |

70. | Thu Jun 11, 2009 | Alex Boisvert | Solve | |

71. | Thu Jun 25, 2009 | Bill Zais | Solve | |

72. | Wed Jul 1, 2009 | David J. Kahn | Solve | |

73. | Thu Jul 30, 2009 | Ashish Vengsarkar | Solve | |

74. | Wed Sep 2, 2009 | Jim Hyres | Solve | |

75. | Fri Sep 4, 2009 | Joe Krozel | Solve | |

76. | Thu Oct 22, 2009 | Joel Fagliano | Solve | |

77. | Mon Nov 23, 2009 | Ben Pall | Solve | |

78. | Tue Dec 8, 2009 | Joe Krozel | Solve | |

79. | Thu Dec 17, 2009 | Francis Heaney and Patrick Blindauer | Solve | |

80. | Mon Jan 25, 2010 | Holden Baker | Solve | (see GIF) |

81. | Fri Feb 12, 2010 | Kevin G. Der | Solve | |

82. | Tue Feb 23, 2010 | Joanne Sullivan | Solve | |

83. | Tue Mar 9, 2010 | Jeffrey Wechsler | Solve | |

84. | Thu Mar 25, 2010 | Dan Naddor | Solve | |

85. | Thu Apr 1, 2010 | Lee Glickstein | Solve | |

86. | Wed Apr 21, 2010 | Peter A. Collins | Solve | |

87. | Thu Apr 22, 2010 | Caleb Madison | Solve | |

88. | Fri Jun 25, 2010 | Robin Schulman and Byron Walden | Solve | |

89. | Thu Jul 8, 2010 | John Farmer | Solve | |

90. | Wed Jul 21, 2010 | Oliver Hill | Solve | |

91. | Thu Aug 5, 2010 | Gary J. Whitehead | Solve | |

92. | Wed Aug 25, 2010 | Clive Probert | Solve | |

93. | Sat Sep 18, 2010 | Natan Last, Brown University '12 | Solve | |

94. | Mon Oct 4, 2010 | Adam G. Perl | Solve | |

*** 95. | Thu Oct 7, 2010 | Patrick Blindauer | Solve | |

96. | Tue Oct 12, 2010 | José Chardiet | Solve | |

97. | Thu Oct 21, 2010 | Dan Naddor | Solve | |

98. | Tue Oct 26, 2010 | Chris Handman | Solve | |

99. | Thu Nov 4, 2010 | Mike Nothnagel | Solve | |

100. | Fri Nov 5, 2010 | Mike Nothnagel | Solve | |

101. | Thu Dec 16, 2010 | Charles Deber | Solve | |

*** indicates puzzle also appears in the Will Shortz's Favorite Puzzlemakers collection.

† Erratum: The book lists the date for puzzle #11 as 1/1/2004 but the puzzle in the book is actually 1/15/2004.