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Crossword Who's Who - M

Constructors, editors, bloggers and solvers of American crosswords

 

Bob & Dave MACKEY

Bob and Dave Mackey are identical twins widely known as the Puzzle Brothers. They are both competitive solvers, appearing at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament and other tournaments and events on the East Coast.

In addition, they are both crossword constructors, with puzzles published in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, GAMES magazine, etc.

The Puzzle Brothers crossword blog.


Eugene MALESKA

Eugene Thomas Maleska (January 6, 1916 August 3, 1993) was a crossword puzzle constructor and editor.

He became the crossword editor for the New York Times in 1977, replacing Will Weng. In 1993 Maleska was succeeded by Will Shortz, who remains New York Times crossword editor to this day.

Besides numerous collections of puzzles, Maleska also published Maleska's Favorite Word Games and A Pleasure in Words, which included a chapter on constructing crossword puzzles.

Wikipedia page for Eugene Maleska


Richard MALTBY, Jr.

Richard Eldridge Maltby, Jr. (born October 6, 1937) is an American theatre director and producer, lyricist, and screenwriter. He is also well known as a constructor of cryptic crossword puzzles. He has done this for Harper's Magazine since the January 1976 issue.


Kevin MCCANN

Kevin McCann is the creator of the Cruciverb website, a community forum for crossword constructors.

He is also co-author of The 21st Century Crossword Puzzle Dictionary

Meet Kevin McCann, on the Word Buff website.


Jack MCINTURFF

Jack McInturff is a crossword constructor who has had over 120 puzzles published in the LA Times. His puzzles have also appeared in NY Times and NY Sun.

Interview with Jack McInturff in L.A. Times Crossword Corner.


Patrick MERRELL

Patrick Merrell is a professional puzzlemaker, cartoonist, writer and graphic designer.

He has created over 250 books for all ages, including 50 puzzle books. He's written 75 crosswords for The New York Times (including 16 Sundays), many of them unique. One of his Times puzzles included illustrated clues. Another had no black squares touching. A bonus DVD feature for the documentary "Wordplay" included an interview with Patrick and highlighted a Sunday Times crossword of his that formed a maze when completed. From 2009 to 2011 Patrick wrote daily columns (every other week) for the New York Times crossword blog.

He's also written crosswords for the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Sun, Scientific American, Sports Illustrated, People magazine and a 50th anniversary crossword in the shape of Alfred E. Neuman's head for MAD magazine. He's written puzzles for both the World Puzzle Championship and the American Crossword Tournament, including the infamously difficult puzzle #5, twice.

Six of his Times crosswords, the most for any constructor, appear in the book Will Shortz Picks His Favorite Puzzles.

Patrick Merrell's website

New York Times crosswords by Patrick Merrell at XWord Info




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