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Will Shortz Picks His Favorite Puzzles

The list of puzzles from his 2011 puzzle collection

Will Shortz Picks His Favorites
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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 here in Across Lite 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.

Here are the puzzles from oldest to most recent:

NumAcross LiteAuthorAnswers
1.Mon Sep 9, 2002William I. JohnstonSolution
2.Thu Oct 24, 2002Patrick MerrellSolution
3.Fri Nov 15, 2002Brendan Emmett QuigleySolution
4.Thu Jan 23, 2003Cathy MillhauserSolution
5.Wed Mar 5, 2003Tyler HinmanSolution
6.Thu May 8, 2003***Elizabeth C. GorskiSolution
7.Thu Jun 26, 2003Patrick BerrySolution
8.Thu Sep 25, 2003Patrick MerrellSolution
9.Thu Dec 25, 2003John UnderwoodSolution
10.Sat Jan 3, 2004James M. and James C. JenistaSolution
* 11.Thu Jan 15, 2004 (PDF)Patrick MerrellSolution
12.Thu Mar 25, 2004David Liben-Nowell and Ryan O'DonnellSolution
13.Thu Apr 1, 2004Byron WaldenSolution
14.Thu Jun 3, 2004Mike TorchSolution
15.Fri Aug 20, 2004Harvey EstesSolution
16.Thu Sep 2, 2004David J. KahnSolution
17.Mon Oct 11, 2004Jim HyresSolution
18.Tue Nov 2, 2004Patrick MerrellSolution
19.Thu Dec 2, 2004***Patrick BerrySolution
20.Fri Dec 10, 2004Frank LongoSolution
21.Wed Jan 5, 2005***Michael ShteymanSolution
22.Fri Mar 11, 2005Manny NosowskySolution
23.Wed Mar 23, 2005Mike ShenkSolution
24.Fri Apr 1, 2005David PringleSolution
25.Tue May 31, 2005Merl ReagleSolution
26.Wed Aug 3, 2005David Liben-Nowell and Ryan O'DonnellSolution
27.Tue Aug 23, 2005Holden Baker and Nancy SalomonSolution
28.Thu Nov 10, 2005 (PDF)Lee Glickstein and Craig KasperSolution
29.Thu Nov 24, 2005***Michael ShteymanSolution
30.Thu Dec 15, 2005***Patrick MerrellSolution
31.Wed Dec 21, 2005David J. KahnSolution
32.Wed Jan 25, 2006John FarmerSolution
33.Wed Feb 1, 2006***Elizabeth C. GorskiSolution
34.Tue Apr 18, 2006Pete MullerSolution
35.Tue Apr 25, 2006Kevan ChosetSolution
36.Wed May 17, 2006Patrick BlindauerSolution
37.Thu May 18, 2006Peter A. CollinsSolution
38.Wed May 31, 2006Trip PayneSolution
39.Wed Jun 7, 2006Patrick BlindauerSolution
40.Tue Jun 27, 2006Damon J. GulczynskiSolution
41.Mon Aug 7, 2006Lynn LempelSolution
42.Tue Aug 22, 2006Michael J. DoranSolution
43.Tue Oct 3, 2006Ed SteinSolution
44.Thu Oct 5, 2006Joe DiPietroSolution
45.Thu Oct 26, 2006Todd McClary and Dave TullerSolution
46.Thu Jan 25, 2007Manny NosowskySolution
47.Tue May 1, 2007Courtenay Crocker and Nancy SalomonSolution
48.Thu Jul 26, 2007Joe KrozelSolution
49.Mon Aug 20, 2007Lynn LempelSolution
50.Mon Sep 10, 2007Edward M SessaSolution
51.Thu Sep 27, 2007Peter WentzSolution
52.Thu Nov 1, 2007Larry ShearerSolution
53.Thu Dec 20, 2007Peter A. CollinsSolution
54.Thu Jan 24, 2008Matt GinsbergSolution
55.Fri Feb 15, 2008***Patrick BerrySolution
56.Thu Jun 19, 2008Joe KrozelSolution
57.Thu Aug 14, 2008Damon J. GulczynskiSolution
58.Thu Sep 11, 2008Caleb MadisonSolution
59.Thu Sep 18, 2008Mike NothnagelSolution
60.Wed Oct 1, 2008Barry BooneSolution
61.Mon Oct 6, 2008Patrick BlindauerSolution
62.Tue Oct 14, 2008Lucy Gardner AndersonSolution
63.Sat Nov 22, 2008***Frank LongoSolution
64.Tue Jan 20, 2009Tim WescottSolution
65.Tue Feb 10, 2009John UnderwoodSolution
66.Wed Apr 1, 2009Ed Stein and Paula GamacheSolution
67.Thu Apr 2, 2009Brendan Emmett QuigleySolution
68.Wed Apr 22, 2009Daniel A. FinanSolution
69.Thu Jun 4, 2009Peter A. Collins and Joe KrozelSolution
70.Thu Jun 11, 2009Alex BoisvertSolution
71.Thu Jun 25, 2009Bill ZaisSolution
72.Wed Jul 1, 2009David J. KahnSolution
73.Thu Jul 30, 2009Ashish VengsarkarSolution
74.Wed Sep 2, 2009Jim HyresSolution
75.Fri Sep 4, 2009Joe KrozelSolution
76.Thu Oct 22, 2009Joel FaglianoSolution
77.Mon Nov 23, 2009Ben PallSolution
78.Tue Dec 8, 2009Joe KrozelSolution
79.Thu Dec 17, 2009Francis Heaney and Patrick BlindauerSolution
80.Mon Jan 25, 2010 (see GIF)Holden BakerSolution
81.Fri Feb 12, 2010Kevin G. DerSolution
82.Tue Feb 23, 2010Joanne SullivanSolution
83.Tue Mar 9, 2010Jeffrey WechslerSolution
84.Thu Mar 25, 2010Dan NaddorSolution
85.Thu Apr 1, 2010Lee GlicksteinSolution
86.Wed Apr 21, 2010Peter A. CollinsSolution
87.Thu Apr 22, 2010Caleb MadisonSolution
88.Fri Jun 25, 2010Robin Schulman and Byron WaldenSolution
89.Thu Jul 8, 2010John FarmerSolution
90.Wed Jul 21, 2010Oliver HillSolution
91.Thu Aug 5, 2010Gary J. WhiteheadSolution
92.Wed Aug 25, 2010Clive ProbertSolution
93.Sat Sep 18, 2010Natan Last, Brown University '12Solution
94.Mon Oct 4, 2010Adam G. PerlSolution
95.Thu Oct 7, 2010***Patrick BlindauerSolution
96.Tue Oct 12, 2010José ChardietSolution
97.Thu Oct 21, 2010Dan NaddorSolution
98.Tue Oct 26, 2010Chris HandmanSolution
99.Thu Nov 4, 2010Mike NothnagelSolution
100.Fri Nov 5, 2010Mike NothnagelSolution
101.Thu Dec 16, 2010Charles DeberSolution

*** 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.