ABOUT

I'm a professional crossword constructor and editor of the Universal Crossword, a daily and Sunday internationally syndicated puzzle feature. I've been constructing crossword puzzles since middle school, when I published my first crossword in The New York Times at the age of 14 and became the then second-youngest constructor to be published under Will Shortz's editorship.

Since June of 2011 I've had a total of 100 crosswords and other puzzles published in The Times; these puzzles have appeared on every day of the week, meaning I've "hit for the cycle."  As the youngest person and the one who, at the time, had done so in the fewest number of puzzles (9) and in the shortest period of time (1 year, 8 months), I broke three records.  In 2013, I was also the most prolific New York Times constructor, with a total of 15 published that year; in 2017, with 14 published, I was tied for that record with Jeff Chen; in 2018, with 17 published, I was again the most prolific Times constructor.  As of 2020, I've hit for the cycle six times over.

All told, I've had more than 500 puzzles published in The New York Times and other markets, including the New York Times crossword app, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Newsday, The Atlantic, The Orange County Register, Fireball Crosswords, Crosswords with Friends, Daily Celebrity Crossword, The Crosswords Club, the American Values Club Crossword, BuzzFeed, 10-4 Magazine, The Jerusalem Post, SPYSCAPE, and the Andrews McMeel Universal syndicate, as well as in books. I've also built puzzles for Crosswords LA, the Minnesota Crossword Tournament, and the Peabody Essex Museum's "PlayTime" exhibit.  Over the years I've enjoyed creating many custom crosswords for clients, friends, teachers, schools, and my alma mater, Stanford University.

I try to attend as many puzzle tournaments and conventions as possible, including, since 2012, the Annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, where I was the youngest entrant for two years, served as a judge, and became the youngest contestant ever to win the C Division championship; Crosswords LA; the Bay Area Crossword Puzzle Tournament, where I was the four-time Junior Division winner; the Silicon Valley Puzzle Fest; Lollapuzzoola; Marbles: The Brain Store's 5th Annual Crossword Tournament, where I was a judge; the Second National Brain Game Challenge; and Crossword Tournament From Your Couch.  I'm also a member of the National Puzzlers' League and have attended all of its annual conventions since 2012.