About These Puzzles

Almost all of my puzzles (95% or more) will have a theme.

All of my puzzles will employ rotational, mirror, or (occasionally) parallel symmetry.

Most puzzles will be 15×15 grids, though I occasionally post weekend-sized 21×21 and off-size 16×15 puzzles.

While mainstream crosswords often avoid using the same word twice in one grid, don’t be surprised to see, for instance, both TRUTH WILL OUT and GET OUT in one of my puzzles. (I find the convention of avoiding “duplicate” words arbitrary and restrictive.)

I strive to represent all races, gender identities, and sexual orientations among the real people that exist as answer words or clues.

Many of the crosswords you solve here will be collaborations with women and constructors of color. Without these collaborators, I’d be relatively blind to the areas of culture and language to which I’m not personally privy. (Though I will always strive to research language and subject matter outside of my personal lexicon and areas of interest.)

If you’re interested in learning how to build crossword puzzles–and especially if you yourself are non-male and/or a person of color–I’d be happy to share what I know about constructing and publishing. Feel free to email me here.

Each puzzle will include discussion of how it was constructed, discussion which might include some unfamiliar crossword jargon. Feel free to brush up here: