About Me

My name is David Steinberg, and I've been constructing crossword puzzles since I was twelve.  Since June of 2011 I've had 26 published in The New York Times; these puzzles have appeared on every day of the week, meaning I've "hit for the cycle."  (As both the youngest person and the one who, at the time, had done so in the fewest number of puzzles [9, which another constructor recently tied], I've broken two records.  In 2013, I was also the most prolific constructor of daily puzzles, with a total of 15 published in the Times that year.)  Another 13 puzzles have been accepted by The New York Times.  I've also had 12 puzzles published by the Los Angeles Times; 31 by Celebrity Crosswords; 19 by The Orange County Register; 3 by Newsday (including a Saturday Stumper); 2 each by The Wall Street Journal, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Fireball Crosswords; and 1 each by Simon & Schuster and The Crosswords Club.

In 2012 I was named Person of the Year on XWord Info, which recognizes "remarkable contributors to crosswords."  In November 2012, I became the crossword editor of The Orange County Register's 24 weekly associated newspapers.  My first book of crosswords, Chromatics, which contains 25 new crosswords, was published in September 2012 by Puzzazz, and one of my crosswords appeared in Twenty Under Thirty.  I also do custom crosswords for my high school newspaper, and I've done custom crosswords for friends, teachers, business acquaintances, and, as donations, for various organizations, including the Red Cross, where one of my puzzles was published in The American Red Crossword Book.  Three of my puzzles were selected for the Westport [Connecticut] 15th Annual Crossword Puzzle Contest (February 1, 2014), the Arlington Heights Memorial Library [Illinois] Crossword Puzzle Tournament (December 7, 2013), and the Arlington [Virginia] Puzzle Festival (November 5, 2011).  I'm a member of the National Puzzlers' League, and I've participated in Marbles:  The Brain Store's 5th Annual Crossword Tournament, where I was a judge; the Second National Brain Game Challenge; the Sixth Annual BAC Fill,  Fifth Annual BAC Fill, and Fourth Annual Bay Area Crossword Puzzle Tournament; the Sixth Annual Silicon Valley Puzzle Fest (where I also co-presented a workshop on crossword construction); the 37th Annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (where I placed 2nd in the D Division, was the youngest entrant, and also presented a talk on the Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project and my research on gender in puzzle authorship); the 36th Annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (where I served as a judge and also gave a talk on the Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project); the 35th Annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament; the 2013 Crosswords LA (where I finished 5th in the Regular Division and 12th overall in the Expert and Regular Divisions) and 2012 Crosswords LA; and the NPL's ConTex and Orecon.  I'm also the director of the Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project, a collaborative effort to build a digitized, fully analyzable database of New York Times crossword puzzles published from February 15, 1942, to November 20, 1993 (before Will Shortz took over as editor).  In July 2013, I was awarded a $25,000 Davidson Fellows Scholarship by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development for this work.  On December 21, 2013, I gave an hour-long talk, "The Crossword Centennial:  100 Years of Black and White Squares," at the Palos Verdes Peninsula Center Library.  Recently one of my puzzles was the Margaret Award winner for Simon & Schuster's Mega 14 Crosswords.

For more information about me, please click on any of the links below:

"David Steinberg (crossword editor)."  Wikipedia.

"Day Trip Destination," by Deb Amlen.  Wordplay:  The Crossword Blog of The New York Times, April 9, 2014.

"Havana Highball," by Deb Amlen.  Wordplay:  The Crossword Blog of The New York Times, March 7, 2014.

"Teenage Crossword Puzzle Maven Goes Digital," by Jonathan Zalman.  Tablet Magazine, March 7, 2014.

"Rap Devotee," by Deb Amlen.  Wordplay:  The Crossword Blog of The New York Times, February 17, 2014.

"They Often Elicit Blessings," by Deb Amlen.  Wordplay:  The Crossword Blog of The New York Times, February 3, 2014.

"In the 'cross' hairs:  Puzzlers compete for winning way with words," by Jarret Liotta.  Westport-News, February 3, 2014.

"Exchange Some Words," by Deb Amlen.  Wordplay:  The Crossword Blog of The New York Times, January 17, 2014.

"Crossword Creator Marks 100th Birthday With Puzzle," by Kathy Matheson.  Associated Press, January 13, 2014.

"5 Questions:  Alumni Edition," by gmdirect.  PuzzleNation, January 2, 2014.

"Between a Birdie and a Bogey," by Deb Amlen.  Wordplay:  The Crossword Blog of The New York Times, December 29, 2013.

"Quite a Milestone, as Milestones Go," by Deb Amlen.  Wordplay:  The Crossword Blog of The New York Times, December 20, 2013.

"100 Years of the Crossword," by Charles Apple.  The Orange County Register, December 20, 2013.

"Celebrating 100 years of cr_ssw_rds," by Kate Kilpatrick.  Al Jazeera America, December 18, 2013.

"Dare to be Stupid," by Deb Amlen.  Wordplay:  The Crossword Blog of The New York Times, December 11, 2013.

"From G-Funk to Geometry," by Thomas Gaffney.  Wordplay:  The Crossword Blog of The New York Times, November 15, 2013.

"Project Spotlight:  Getting a Clue," by Kristi Birch.  Cogito, November 8, 2013.

"5 Questions with Constructor and Puzzle Archivist David Steinberg," by gmdirect.  PuzzleNation, October 24, 2013.

"Shape Shifters," by Deb Amlen.  Wordplay:  The Crossword Blog of The New York Times, October 17, 2013.

"Campus Beat," by Rob Kuznia.  Palos Verdes Peninsula News, October 3, 2013.

"BAC Fill 6 – Results," by Bran McMillin.  Puzzle Pile, September 16, 2013.

"Crossword puzzle database earns scholarship for Peninsula High whiz," by Rob Kuznia. The Daily Breeze, September 15, 2013.

"Modern Mouse Hole," by Deb Amlen.  Wordplay:  The Crossword Blog of The New York Times, August 29, 2013.

"Something for Trill-Seekers," by Deb Amlen.  Wordplay:  The Crossword Blog of The New York Times, July 17, 2013.

"Puzzling collaboration has Phila. connection," by Sarah Smith.  The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 26, 2013.

"Four Score and Three," by Deb Amlen.  Wordplay:  The Crossword Blog of The New York Times, June 25, 2013.

"Bushes Were Found There," by Deb Amlen.  Wordplay:  The Crossword Blog of The New York Times, June 12, 2013.

On Crosswords:  Thoughts, Studies, Facts and Snark About a 100-Year-Old Pastime, by T Campbell.  Virginia Beach, VA:  Koehler Books, June 1, 2013, pp. 29, 48.

"Irreverent Sermonettes," by Deb Amlen.  Wordplay:  The Crossword Blog of The New York Times, May 24, 2013.

"What the Picky Pick," by Deb Amlen.  Wordplay:  The Crossword Blog of The New York Times, April 19, 2013.

"Spiral-Horned Antelope," by Deb Amlen.  Wordplay:  The Crossword Blog of The New York Times, March 22, 2013.

"Saturday, March 23, 2013," by Rex Parker.  Rex Parker Does the NY Times Crossword Puzzle, March 22, 2013.

2013 American Crossword Puzzle Tournament results page [links to video of a talk I gave on the Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project and to the Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project Web site].

"Gets in a Lather," by Deb Amlen.  Wordplay:  The Crossword Blog of The New York Times, March 8, 2013.

"Goes Well With Meat," by Deb Amlen.  Wordplay:  The Crossword Blog of The New York Times, January 28, 2013.

"Best Work in Crossword Scholarship," by T Campbell.  Diary of a Crossword Fiend, January 12, 2013.

"Making Scents of Things," by Deb Amlen.  Wordplay:  The Crossword Blog of The New York Times, January 1, 2013.

"Person of the Year," by Jim Horne.  XWord Info, December 31, 2012.

"PV Student Gives Historic Crossword Puzzles New Life," by John Schreiber.  Palos Verdes Patch, November 13, 2012.

"A Passion for Crossword Puzzles Past, Present and Future," by Annie Lubinsky.  Palos Verdes Peninsula News, November 8, 2012.

"Puzzle Master," by Julie Sharp.  CBS Los Angeles KCAL 9 News, November 2, 2012.

"Crossword Puzzles Come Easy to Palos Verdes Peninsula High Student," by Rob Kuznia.  The Daily Breeze, October 28, 2012.

"Teen Clued into Crossword Puzzle World from Age 12, Published at 14," by Lori Basheda.  The Orange County Register, October 14, 2012.

"Former Edmonds Teen Heads Up Crossword Project, Publishes Book."  Edmonds Beacon, September 27, 2012.

"A Giant Crossword," by Deb Amlen.  Wordplay:  The Crossword Blog of The New York Times, September 16, 2012.

"Center of Gravity," by Deb Amlen.  Wordplay:  The Crossword Blog of The New York Times, August 20, 2012, paragraph 9.

"Don't Be a SPLACKNUCK—Support the PSPP," by Jim Horne.  XWord Info, August 10, 2012.

"Modern Crossword Humor," by Vic Fleming.  Daily Record, August 10, 2012.

"The Week in Crosswords," by T Campbell.  Diary of a Crossword Fiend, August 5, 2012.

"Crossword Contrasting Continues," by Vic Fleming.  Daily Record, August 3, 2012.

"Support the Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project," by Jim Horne.  XWord Info, July 30, 2012.

"Spare Moments of Litzing," by Vic Fleming.  Daily Record, July 27, 2012.

"Interview with David Steinberg," by C.C.  Burnikel.  L.A. Times Crossword Corner:  L.A. Times Daily Crossword Blog, April 10, 2012.

"When it Comes to Puzzles, Peninsula Student is a Crossword Connoisseur," by Meredith Skrzypczak.  Palos Verdes Patch, April 6, 2012.

"Campus Beat." Palos Verdes Peninsula News, March 29, 2012.

"Friday, February 3, 2012, David Steinberg," by Lemonade714.  L.A. Times Crossword Corner:  L.A. Times Daily Crossword Blog, February 3, 2012.

"Friday: Place For a Plug," by Deb Amlen.  Wordplay:  The Crossword Blog of The New York Times, January 5, 2012.

"Thursday: They Can Be Batted and Rolled," by Deb Amlen.  Wordplay:  The Crossword Blog of The New York Times, December 28, 2011.

"Monday: Something That's Fed Along a Street," by Deb Amlen.  Wordplay:  The Crossword Blog of The New York Times, November 6, 2011.

"Tuesday: Stereotypical Sitcom Greeting."  Wordplay:  The Crossword Blog of The New York Times, by Deb Amlen, August 15, 2011.

"Edmonds Teen Builds Crossword Puzzles for New York Times," by Elisa Hahn.  NBC KING 5 News, August 2, 2011.

"Edmonds Teen Puzzles New York Times Readers with His Crossword Clues," by Kristi O'Harran.  The Herald, August 1, 2011.

"Edmonds Puzzler Receives New York Times Honor," by Pat Ratliff.  Edmonds Beacon, June 30, 2011.

"Incoming Peninsula High student pens NYT crossword puzzle," by Melissa Pamer.  The Daily Breeze, June 23, 2011.

"Thursday: Let Off Some Steam," by Deb Amlen.  Wordplay:  The Crossword Blog of The New York Times, June 15, 2011.