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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 John Westwig Finn Vigeland Jonah Kagan Arthur Schulman Alex Vratsanos Zachary Spitz Harold P. Furth Michael J. Doran Joey Weissbrot Zoe Wheeler Henry Hook Anna Shechtman Aimee Lucido

Here is the list of the 43 constructors who are known to have debuted in the NYT as teens.

Note: Count shows the total number of published NYT crosswords.

Here are the teens from youngest to oldest at debut:

NameBirthdayDebutAge at debutCountEditor
1.Daniel Larsen9/18/20032/14/20174,898 days — 13 yr. 4 mo.1Shortz
2.Arthur Bennett7/5/19555/22/19695,070 days — 13 yr. 10 mo.3Weng
3.Michael W. Miller11/20/196212/6/19765,130 days — 14 yr. 0 mo.2Weng
4.Ben Pall9/8/199511/23/20095,190 days — 14 yr. 2 mo.4Shortz
5.David Steinberg11/24/19966/16/20115,317 days — 14 yr. 6 mo.69Shortz
6.Paolo Pasco5/10/20007/17/20155,546 days — 15 yr. 2 mo.10Shortz
7.Caleb Madison1/29/19935/13/20085,583 days — 15 yr. 3 mo.32Shortz
8.Milo Beckman12/9/19956/24/20115,676 days — 15 yr. 6 mo.8Shortz
9.Tyler Hinman11/5/19847/4/20005,720 days — 15 yr. 7 mo.22Shortz
10.José Chardiet6/16/19947/6/20105,864 days — 16 yr. 0 mo.3Shortz
11.Matt Fuchs6/28/19987/21/20145,867 days — 16 yr. 0 mo.1Shortz
12.Ethan Cooper3/23/19835/17/19995,899 days — 16 yr. 1 mo.14Shortz
13.Will Nediger12/4/19895/27/20066,018 days — 16 yr. 5 mo.21Shortz
14.Natan Last11/13/19907/17/20076,090 days — 16 yr. 8 mo.23Shortz
15.Francesco Trogu5/25/19951/30/20126,094 days — 16 yr. 8 mo.1Shortz
16.Michael Shteyman5/9/19842/13/20016,124 days — 16 yr. 9 mo.55Shortz
17.Kyle Mahowald3/7/19873/22/20046,225 days — 17 yr. 0 mo.18Shortz
18.Merl Reagle1/5/19502/11/19676,246 days — 17 yr. 1 mo.10Farrar
19.Sam Ezersky *5/29/19957/28/20126,270 days — 17 yr. 1 mo.17Shortz
20.Oliver Hill7/30/199010/2/20076,273 days — 17 yr. 2 mo.16Shortz
21.Joel Fagliano8/9/199210/22/20096,283 days — 17 yr. 2 mo.55Shortz
22.Benjamin Lauring *8/20/200011/6/20176,287 days — 17 yr. 2 mo.1Shortz
23.John Westwig8/20/19977/20/20156,543 days — 17 yr. 10 mo.2Shortz
24.Finn Vigeland8/7/199210/20/20106,648 days — 18 yr. 2 mo.14Shortz
25.Jonah Kagan *7/8/199112/1/20096,721 days — 18 yr. 4 mo.6Shortz
26.Arthur Schulman2/17/19358/24/19536,763 days — 18 yr. 6 mo.87Farrar
27.Alex Vratsanos11/16/19926/13/20116,783 days — 18 yr. 6 mo.14Shortz
28.Matthew L. Jones3/10/197611/4/19946,813 days — 18 yr. 7 mo.3Shortz
29.Patrick John Duggan9/18/19895/23/20086,822 days — 18 yr. 8 mo.4Shortz
30.Zachary Spitz2/7/199711/18/20156,858 days — 18 yr. 9 mo.4Shortz
31.Lucas Gaviotis Whitestone11/19/19899/10/20086,870 days — 18 yr. 9 mo.1Shortz
32.Kelsey Boes8/18/19926/21/20116,881 days — 18 yr. 10 mo.1Shortz
33.Harold P. Furth1/13/193012/12/19486,908 days — 18 yr. 10 mo.1Farrar
34.Michael J. Doran9/28/19849/16/20036,927 days — 18 yr. 11 mo.7Shortz
35.Jeffrey Harris8/22/19858/30/20046,948 days — 19 yr. 0 mo.4Shortz
36.Clara Williamson8/29/199611/25/20157,027 days — 19 yr. 2 mo.1Shortz
37.Zach Jesse9/1/19841/19/20047,079 days — 19 yr. 4 mo.2Shortz
38.Joey Weissbrot11/6/19894/8/20097,093 days — 19 yr. 5 mo.2Shortz
39.Duncan Kimmel4/13/199611/25/20157,165 days — 19 yr. 7 mo.1Shortz
40.Zoe Wheeler5/23/19901/19/20107,181 days — 19 yr. 7 mo.6Shortz
41.Henry Hook9/18/19555/23/19757,187 days — 19 yr. 8 mo.58Weng
42.Anna Shechtman8/30/19905/26/20107,209 days — 19 yr. 8 mo.3Shortz
43.Aimee Lucido10/30/19909/13/20107,258 days — 19 yr. 10 mo.3Shortz
* 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.