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Constructors who debuted as teenagers

Daniel Larsen
Michael W. Miller
Ben Pall
August Lee-Kovach
David Steinberg
Paolo Pasco
Caleb Madison
Milo Beckman
Tyler Hinman
Paul Schwarzbaum
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
Billy Bratton
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 58 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 LarsenSep 18, 2003Tue Feb 14, 20174,898 days - 13 yr. 4 mo.11Shortz
2.Arthur BennettJul 5, 1955Thu May 22, 19695,070 days - 13 yr. 10 mo.3Weng
3.Michael W. MillerNov 20, 1962Mon Dec 6, 19765,130 days - 14 yr. 0 mo.2Weng
4.Ben PallSep 8, 1995Mon Nov 23, 20095,190 days - 14 yr. 2 mo.5Shortz
5.August Lee-KovachApr 25, 2007Sat Oct 9, 20215,281 days - 14 yr. 5 mo.1Shortz
6.David SteinbergNov 24, 1996Thu Jun 16, 20115,317 days - 14 yr. 6 mo.101Shortz
7.Paolo PascoMay 10, 2000Fri Jul 17, 20155,546 days - 15 yr. 2 mo.21Shortz
8.Caleb MadisonJan 29, 1993Tue May 13, 20085,583 days - 15 yr. 3 mo.35Shortz
9.Milo BeckmanDec 9, 1995Fri Jun 24, 20115,676 days - 15 yr. 6 mo.10Shortz
10.Tyler HinmanNov 5, 1984Tue Jul 4, 20005,720 days - 15 yr. 7 mo.22Shortz
11.Paul SchwarzbaumApr 9, 1962Tue Mar 21, 19785,825 days - 15 yr. 11 mo.2Maleska
12.José ChardietJun 16, 1994Tue Jul 6, 20105,864 days - 16 yr. 0 mo.3Shortz
13.Matt FuchsJun 28, 1998Mon Jul 21, 20145,867 days - 16 yr. 0 mo.2Shortz
14.Ethan CooperMar 23, 1983Mon May 17, 19995,899 days - 16 yr. 1 mo.15Shortz
15.Will NedigerDec 4, 1989Sat May 27, 20066,018 days - 16 yr. 5 mo.38Shortz
16.Simon MarotteAug 25, 2004Tue Mar 9, 20216,040 days - 16 yr. 6 mo.1Shortz
17.Natan LastNov 13, 1990Tue Jul 17, 20076,090 days - 16 yr. 8 mo.34Shortz
18.Francesco TroguMay 25, 1995Mon Jan 30, 20126,094 days - 16 yr. 8 mo.1Shortz
19.Michael ShteymanMay 9, 1984Tue Feb 13, 20016,124 days - 16 yr. 9 mo.55Shortz
20.Saul PinkOct 14, 2002Tue Oct 22, 20196,217 days - 17 yr. 0 mo.1Shortz
21.Kyle MahowaldMar 7, 1987Mon Mar 22, 20046,225 days - 17 yr. 0 mo.18Shortz
22.Merl ReagleJan 5, 1950Sat Feb 11, 19676,246 days - 17 yr. 1 mo.10Farrar
23.Sam Ezersky *May 29, 1995Sat Jul 28, 20126,270 days - 17 yr. 1 mo.44Shortz
24.Oliver HillJul 30, 1990Tue Oct 2, 20076,273 days - 17 yr. 2 mo.16Shortz
25.Joel FaglianoAug 9, 1992Thu Oct 22, 20096,283 days - 17 yr. 2 mo.68Shortz
26.Benjamin Lauring *Aug 20, 2000Mon Nov 6, 20176,287 days - 17 yr. 2 mo.1Shortz
27.Adam NicolleDec 26, 2001Wed Jul 17, 20196,412 days - 17 yr. 6 mo.2Shortz
28.Nathan HasegawaJun 25, 2003Wed Apr 14, 20216,503 days - 17 yr. 9 mo.1Shortz
29.John WestwigAug 20, 1997Mon Jul 20, 20156,543 days - 17 yr. 10 mo.3Shortz
30.Soleil Saint-CyrFeb 13, 2003Mon Feb 1, 20216,563 days - 17 yr. 11 mo.1Shortz
31.Finn VigelandAug 7, 1992Wed Oct 20, 20106,648 days - 18 yr. 2 mo.20Shortz
32.Jonah Kagan *Jul 8, 1991Tue Dec 1, 20096,721 days - 18 yr. 4 mo.6Shortz
33.Adam AaronsonJul 12, 2001Sat Jan 4, 20206,750 days - 18 yr. 5 mo.6Shortz
34.Billy BrattonMar 17, 2003Thu Sep 9, 20216,751 days - 18 yr. 5 mo.1Shortz
35.Jem BurchOct 24, 2002Thu Apr 22, 20216,755 days - 18 yr. 5 mo.1Shortz
36.Arthur SchulmanFeb 17, 1935Mon Aug 24, 19536,763 days - 18 yr. 6 mo.87Farrar
37.Alex VratsanosNov 16, 1992Mon Jun 13, 20116,783 days - 18 yr. 6 mo.18Shortz
38.Matthew L. JonesMar 10, 1976Fri Nov 4, 19946,813 days - 18 yr. 7 mo.3Shortz
39.Patrick John DugganSep 18, 1989Fri May 23, 20086,822 days - 18 yr. 8 mo.4Shortz
40.Zachary SpitzFeb 7, 1997Wed Nov 18, 20156,858 days - 18 yr. 9 mo.6Shortz
41.Lucas Gaviotis WhitestoneNov 19, 1989Wed Sep 10, 20086,870 days - 18 yr. 9 mo.1Shortz
42.Kelsey BoesAug 18, 1992Tue Jun 21, 20116,881 days - 18 yr. 10 mo.1Shortz
43.Harold P. FurthJan 13, 1930Sun Dec 12, 19486,908 days - 18 yr. 10 mo.1Farrar
44.Michael J. DoranSep 28, 1984Tue Sep 16, 20036,927 days - 18 yr. 11 mo.7Shortz
45.Jeffrey HarrisAug 22, 1985Mon Aug 30, 20046,948 days - 19 yr. 0 mo.4Shortz
46.Erik AgardSep 12, 1993Tue Nov 6, 20126,995 days - 19 yr. 1 mo.70Shortz
47.Clara WilliamsonAug 29, 1996Wed Nov 25, 20157,027 days - 19 yr. 2 mo.1Shortz
48.Zach JesseSep 1, 1984Mon Jan 19, 20047,079 days - 19 yr. 4 mo.2Shortz
49.Owen Travis *Jul 10, 2001Wed Dec 9, 20207,092 days - 19 yr. 5 mo.2Shortz
50.Joey WeissbrotNov 6, 1989Wed Apr 8, 20097,093 days - 19 yr. 5 mo.2Shortz
51.Nina SloanNov 12, 2001Tue May 4, 20217,113 days - 19 yr. 5 mo.1Shortz
52.Duncan KimmelApr 13, 1996Wed Nov 25, 20157,165 days - 19 yr. 7 mo.1Shortz
53.Zoe WheelerMay 23, 1990Tue Jan 19, 20107,181 days - 19 yr. 7 mo.6Shortz
54.Henry HookSep 18, 1955Fri May 23, 19757,187 days - 19 yr. 8 mo.59Weng
55.Anna ShechtmanAug 30, 1990Wed May 26, 20107,209 days - 19 yr. 8 mo.3Shortz
56.Anne LarsenNov 26, 1999Fri Sep 13, 20197,231 days - 19 yr. 9 mo.2Shortz
57.Jack MowatNov 24, 1999Fri Sep 27, 20197,247 days - 19 yr. 10 mo.2Shortz
58.Aimee LucidoOct 30, 1990Mon Sep 13, 20107,258 days - 19 yr. 10 mo.10Shortz
* 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: (Solve, Solution), then this one a year later at age 96: (Solve, Solution), this one at age 97:(Solve, Solution), and this one at 98: (Solve, Solution).

Then, amazingly, Ms. Gordon became the first centenarian constructor by having this puzzle published at age 100: (Solve, Solution), and then this one co-constructed with a teenager the next August: (Solve, Solution).

Number of teen debuts by Editor:

Farrar:3
Weng:3
Maleska:1
Shortz:51