How a Crossword Puzzle is Made: Behind the Scenes with The New York Times

If you still subscribe to old-fashioned print newspapers, chances are it’s because you like doing crossword puzzles and putting pen(cil) to paper. If you fall into this camp, we give you this: Will Shortz, the crossword puzzle editor for The New York Times (and the only known person to hold a college degree in enigmatology) presenting a quick, behind-the-scenes look at how the NYT puzzle gets made. Off we go.


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  • TJ


  • Jane Goldschlager

    I’d hoped for a more technical peek into what comes first, word banks and the people who contribute. Guess we’ll have to wait for the prequel.