Get into the mind of a professional crossword puzzle author and learn to construct brainteasers.
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Crosswords Lesson: Craft One with a New York Times Puzzle Creator
Doing a crossword puzzle is a beloved tradition. Whether it's daily or a Sunday challenge, NYTimes is the standard and pinnacle. The first crossword puzzle was published in the New York Times on February 15, 1942 on the eve of America’s entrance into WWII. Lester Markel, the Sunday editor at the time, said it deserved space in the paper because people needed something relaxing and recreational to do during the “bleak blackout hours.” Thus, the American institution was born.
IfOnly has arranged for one of the paper's crossword creators David Kwong to teach you his craft. In his warm and witty style, David, a wordsmith extraordinaire, will show you how to build a puzzle, how to layer in clues, and interweave a theme. It's very likely you will leave with tips to improve your own puzzle-cracking skills. No experience is necessary; all you need is a love of wordplay.
Photo Credits: Aaron Epstein, TED
One (1) hour crossword building lesson with David Kwong
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Crossword Trick by David Kwong
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