Friday, August 27, 2021

Crazy Eights

The main raison d'être (crossword phrase!) for this puzzle is that I wanted the challenge of working 56-Across into a grid. And I'm very glad I had the occasion to learn the etymology of 14-Across.

(I know that the title is the same as a MGWCC from a few months ago, but the resemblance ends there.)



Sunday, March 21, 2021

Monday, November 23, 2020

The Queens' Gambit

Here's a meta-puzzle to work on while you're digesting your turkey and not arguing with your relatives like usual. It's probably a Week 3 or 4 on the Gaffney scale. Feel free to email me with the answer or if you need a hint.

Stay safe, everyone!

The meta answer is a name on 2010s TV.




Sunday, July 5, 2020

You're So Naïve

Welcome to my new puzzles site! This will hopefully look better than the plain HTML page that I was using before. I've imported all the puzzles from the old page, with the posts backdated to when the puzzles originally appeared. 

I've been a 54-Across subscriber for over 15 years, and this puzzle is long overdue.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Tying Up Loose Ends

It's probably considered bad form to design a crossword puzzle where the theme requires advanced technical knowledge of a very specific area of mathematics, but I just couldn't resist. For everyone else, you'll now understand how I've acquired the vast majority of my pop culture knowledge: by figuring out the crossing entries in puzzles.

And this is where Knotty Grids gets its name!

PUZ (can be opened in Across Lite)

Friday, March 27, 2020

A Series of Unfortunate Events

A meta-puzzle for trying times. The answer to the meta-puzzle is an author. Hint: It has nothing to do with Lemony Snicket.


Thursday, January 16, 2020

Friday, September 20, 2019

Flights of Fancy

This is actually the first puzzle I ever designed for public consumption, and after numerous rounds of revisions, I was fortunate enough to have it published in Matt Gaffney's Weekly Crossword Contest. Pretty amazing way to make my debut to the world of serious puzzlers, even though there were a few hiccups (which you can read about in the solutions). The answer to the meta-puzzle is a six-letter grid entry with no connection.

Solutions courtesy of Matt Gaffney

Thursday, August 8, 2019


My first published crossword puzzle! It appeared in The Mathematical Intelligencer 41 (2019), no. 4, p. 75. The choice of venue should tell you something about the theme.


This puzzle is dedicated to my grandfather, Morton Levine z"l (1925-2006), who first taught me how to solve diagramless puzzles. He would have enjoyed this one!