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Constructors who debuted as teenagers

Daniel Larsen
Michael W. Miller
Ben Pall
David Steinberg
Paolo Pasco
Caleb Madison
Milo Beckman
Tyler Hinman
José Chardiet
Matt Fuchs
Will Nediger
Simon Marotte
Natan Last
Michael Shteyman
Saul Pink
Kyle Mahowald
Merl Reagle
Sam Ezersky
Oliver Hill
Joel Fagliano
Benjamin Lauring
Adam Nicolle
Nathan Hasegawa
John Westwig
Soleil Saint-Cyr
Finn Vigeland
Jonah Kagan
Adam Aaronson
Jem Burch
Arthur Schulman
Alex Vratsanos
Zachary Spitz
Harold P. Furth
Michael J. Doran
Erik Agard
Owen Travis
Joey Weissbrot
Nina Sloan
Zoe Wheeler
Henry Hook
Anna Shechtman
Anne Larsen
Jack Mowat
Aimee Lucido

Here is the list of the 55 constructors who are known to have debuted before they turned 20.

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.11Shortz
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.101Shortz
6.Paolo Pasco5/10/2000Fri Jul 17, 20155,546 days - 15 yr. 2 mo.20Shortz
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.10Shortz
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.15Shortz
13.Will Nediger12/4/1989Sat May 27, 20066,018 days - 16 yr. 5 mo.38Shortz
14.Simon Marotte8/25/2004Tue Mar 9, 20216,040 days - 16 yr. 6 mo.1Shortz
15.Natan Last11/13/1990Tue Jul 17, 20076,090 days - 16 yr. 8 mo.34Shortz
16.Francesco Trogu5/25/1995Mon Jan 30, 20126,094 days - 16 yr. 8 mo.1Shortz
17.Michael Shteyman5/9/1984Tue Feb 13, 20016,124 days - 16 yr. 9 mo.55Shortz
18.Saul Pink10/14/2002Tue Oct 22, 20196,217 days - 17 yr. 0 mo.1Shortz
19.Kyle Mahowald3/7/1987Mon Mar 22, 20046,225 days - 17 yr. 0 mo.18Shortz
20.Merl Reagle1/5/1950Sat Feb 11, 19676,246 days - 17 yr. 1 mo.10Farrar
21.Sam Ezersky *5/29/1995Sat Jul 28, 20126,270 days - 17 yr. 1 mo.44Shortz
22.Oliver Hill7/30/1990Tue Oct 2, 20076,273 days - 17 yr. 2 mo.16Shortz
23.Joel Fagliano8/9/1992Thu Oct 22, 20096,283 days - 17 yr. 2 mo.68Shortz
24.Benjamin Lauring *8/20/2000Mon Nov 6, 20176,287 days - 17 yr. 2 mo.1Shortz
25.Adam Nicolle12/26/2001Wed Jul 17, 20196,412 days - 17 yr. 6 mo.1Shortz
26.Nathan Hasegawa6/25/2003Wed Apr 14, 20216,503 days - 17 yr. 9 mo.1Shortz
27.John Westwig8/20/1997Mon Jul 20, 20156,543 days - 17 yr. 10 mo.3Shortz
28.Soleil Saint-Cyr2/13/2003Mon Feb 1, 20216,563 days - 17 yr. 11 mo.1Shortz
29.Finn Vigeland8/7/1992Wed Oct 20, 20106,648 days - 18 yr. 2 mo.20Shortz
30.Jonah Kagan *7/8/1991Tue Dec 1, 20096,721 days - 18 yr. 4 mo.6Shortz
31.Adam Aaronson7/12/2001Sat Jan 4, 20206,750 days - 18 yr. 5 mo.3Shortz
32.Jem Burch10/24/2002Thu Apr 22, 20216,755 days - 18 yr. 5 mo.1Shortz
33.Arthur Schulman2/17/1935Mon Aug 24, 19536,763 days - 18 yr. 6 mo.87Farrar
34.Alex Vratsanos11/16/1992Mon Jun 13, 20116,783 days - 18 yr. 6 mo.17Shortz
35.Matthew L. Jones3/10/1976Fri Nov 4, 19946,813 days - 18 yr. 7 mo.3Shortz
36.Patrick John Duggan9/18/1989Fri May 23, 20086,822 days - 18 yr. 8 mo.4Shortz
37.Zachary Spitz2/7/1997Wed Nov 18, 20156,858 days - 18 yr. 9 mo.6Shortz
38.Lucas Gaviotis Whitestone11/19/1989Wed Sep 10, 20086,870 days - 18 yr. 9 mo.1Shortz
39.Kelsey Boes8/18/1992Tue Jun 21, 20116,881 days - 18 yr. 10 mo.1Shortz
40.Harold P. Furth1/13/1930Sun Dec 12, 19486,908 days - 18 yr. 10 mo.1Farrar
41.Michael J. Doran9/28/1984Tue Sep 16, 20036,927 days - 18 yr. 11 mo.7Shortz
42.Jeffrey Harris8/22/1985Mon Aug 30, 20046,948 days - 19 yr. 0 mo.4Shortz
43.Erik Agard9/12/1993Tue Nov 6, 20126,995 days - 19 yr. 1 mo.69Shortz
44.Clara Williamson8/29/1996Wed Nov 25, 20157,027 days - 19 yr. 2 mo.1Shortz
45.Zach Jesse9/1/1984Mon Jan 19, 20047,079 days - 19 yr. 4 mo.2Shortz
46.Owen Travis *7/10/2001Wed Dec 9, 20207,092 days - 19 yr. 5 mo.2Shortz
47.Joey Weissbrot11/6/1989Wed Apr 8, 20097,093 days - 19 yr. 5 mo.2Shortz
48.Nina Sloan11/12/2001Tue May 4, 20217,113 days - 19 yr. 5 mo.1Shortz
49.Duncan Kimmel4/13/1996Wed Nov 25, 20157,165 days - 19 yr. 7 mo.1Shortz
50.Zoe Wheeler5/23/1990Tue Jan 19, 20107,181 days - 19 yr. 7 mo.6Shortz
51.Henry Hook9/18/1955Fri May 23, 19757,187 days - 19 yr. 8 mo.59Weng
52.Anna Shechtman8/30/1990Wed May 26, 20107,209 days - 19 yr. 8 mo.3Shortz
53.Anne Larsen11/26/1999Fri Sep 13, 20197,231 days - 19 yr. 9 mo.2Shortz
54.Jack Mowat11/24/1999Fri Sep 27, 20197,247 days - 19 yr. 10 mo.2Shortz
55.Aimee Lucido10/30/1990Mon Sep 13, 20107,258 days - 19 yr. 10 mo.9Shortz
* co-constructed with a non-teen

The 2020 Father's Day crossword was co-written by 8-year-old Harrison Waldon and his dad Byron.

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: 49
Will Weng: 3
Margaret Farrar: 3