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Teenage constructors

Daniel Larsen 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 Benjamin Lauring Adam Nicolle John Westwig Finn Vigeland Jonah Kagan Arthur Schulman Alex Vratsanos Zachary Spitz Harold P. Furth Michael J. Doran Erik Agard Joey Weissbrot Zoe Wheeler Henry Hook Anna Shechtman Aimee Lucido

Here is the list of the 45 constructors who are known to have debuted in the NYT as teens.

Count shows the total number of published NYT crosswords.

The teens from youngest to oldest at debut:

NameBirthdayDebutAge at debutCountEditor
1.Daniel Larsen9/18/2003Tue Feb 14, 20174,898 days - 13 yr. 4 mo.2Shortz
2.Arthur Bennett7/5/1955Thu May 22, 19695,070 days - 13 yr. 10 mo.3Weng
3.Michael W. Miller11/20/1962Mon Dec 6, 19765,130 days - 14 yr. 0 mo.2Weng
4.Ben Pall9/8/1995Mon Nov 23, 20095,190 days - 14 yr. 2 mo.4Shortz
5.David Steinberg11/24/1996Thu Jun 16, 20115,317 days - 14 yr. 6 mo.96Shortz
6.Paolo Pasco5/10/2000Fri Jul 17, 20155,546 days - 15 yr. 2 mo.14Shortz
7.Caleb Madison1/29/1993Tue May 13, 20085,583 days - 15 yr. 3 mo.35Shortz
8.Milo Beckman12/9/1995Fri Jun 24, 20115,676 days - 15 yr. 6 mo.9Shortz
9.Tyler Hinman11/5/1984Tue Jul 4, 20005,720 days - 15 yr. 7 mo.22Shortz
10.José Chardiet6/16/1994Tue Jul 6, 20105,864 days - 16 yr. 0 mo.3Shortz
11.Matt Fuchs6/28/1998Mon Jul 21, 20145,867 days - 16 yr. 0 mo.1Shortz
12.Ethan Cooper3/23/1983Mon May 17, 19995,899 days - 16 yr. 1 mo.14Shortz
13.Will Nediger12/4/1989Sat May 27, 20066,018 days - 16 yr. 5 mo.30Shortz
14.Natan Last11/13/1990Tue Jul 17, 20076,090 days - 16 yr. 8 mo.29Shortz
15.Francesco Trogu5/25/1995Mon Jan 30, 20126,094 days - 16 yr. 8 mo.1Shortz
16.Michael Shteyman5/9/1984Tue Feb 13, 20016,124 days - 16 yr. 9 mo.55Shortz
17.Kyle Mahowald3/7/1987Mon Mar 22, 20046,225 days - 17 yr. 0 mo.18Shortz
18.Merl Reagle1/5/1950Sat Feb 11, 19676,246 days - 17 yr. 1 mo.10Farrar
19.Sam Ezersky *5/29/1995Sat Jul 28, 20126,270 days - 17 yr. 1 mo.34Shortz
20.Oliver Hill7/30/1990Tue Oct 2, 20076,273 days - 17 yr. 2 mo.16Shortz
21.Joel Fagliano8/9/1992Thu Oct 22, 20096,283 days - 17 yr. 2 mo.65Shortz
22.Benjamin Lauring *8/20/2000Mon Nov 6, 20176,287 days - 17 yr. 2 mo.1Shortz
23.Adam Nicolle12/26/2001Wed Jul 17, 20196,412 days - 17 yr. 6 mo.1Shortz
24.John Westwig8/20/1997Mon Jul 20, 20156,543 days - 17 yr. 10 mo.3Shortz
25.Finn Vigeland8/7/1992Wed Oct 20, 20106,648 days - 18 yr. 2 mo.17Shortz
26.Jonah Kagan *7/8/1991Tue Dec 1, 20096,721 days - 18 yr. 4 mo.6Shortz
27.Arthur Schulman2/17/1935Mon Aug 24, 19536,763 days - 18 yr. 6 mo.87Farrar
28.Alex Vratsanos11/16/1992Mon Jun 13, 20116,783 days - 18 yr. 6 mo.17Shortz
29.Matthew L. Jones3/10/1976Fri Nov 4, 19946,813 days - 18 yr. 7 mo.3Shortz
30.Patrick John Duggan9/18/1989Fri May 23, 20086,822 days - 18 yr. 8 mo.4Shortz
31.Zachary Spitz2/7/1997Wed Nov 18, 20156,858 days - 18 yr. 9 mo.5Shortz
32.Lucas Gaviotis Whitestone11/19/1989Wed Sep 10, 20086,870 days - 18 yr. 9 mo.1Shortz
33.Kelsey Boes8/18/1992Tue Jun 21, 20116,881 days - 18 yr. 10 mo.1Shortz
34.Harold P. Furth1/13/1930Sun Dec 12, 19486,908 days - 18 yr. 10 mo.1Farrar
35.Michael J. Doran9/28/1984Tue Sep 16, 20036,927 days - 18 yr. 11 mo.7Shortz
36.Jeffrey Harris8/22/1985Mon Aug 30, 20046,948 days - 19 yr. 0 mo.4Shortz
37.Erik Agard9/12/1993Tue Nov 6, 20126,995 days - 19 yr. 1 mo.43Shortz
38.Clara Williamson8/29/1996Wed Nov 25, 20157,027 days - 19 yr. 2 mo.1Shortz
39.Zach Jesse9/1/1984Mon Jan 19, 20047,079 days - 19 yr. 4 mo.2Shortz
40.Joey Weissbrot11/6/1989Wed Apr 8, 20097,093 days - 19 yr. 5 mo.2Shortz
41.Duncan Kimmel4/13/1996Wed Nov 25, 20157,165 days - 19 yr. 7 mo.1Shortz
42.Zoe Wheeler5/23/1990Tue Jan 19, 20107,181 days - 19 yr. 7 mo.6Shortz
43.Henry Hook9/18/1955Fri May 23, 19757,187 days - 19 yr. 8 mo.58Weng
44.Anna Shechtman8/30/1990Wed May 26, 20107,209 days - 19 yr. 8 mo.3Shortz
45.Aimee Lucido10/30/1990Mon Sep 13, 20107,258 days - 19 yr. 10 mo.4Shortz
* co-constructed with a non-teen

Another young constructor of note was 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.)

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 co-constructed with a teenager the next August: Across Lite, Solution.

Number of debuts by Editor:

Will Shortz: 39
Will Weng: 3
Margaret Farrar: 3