Cruciverbalism is an affectionate term us word nerds use to describe the science/art of crossword construction. When I am not coding, running stats, analyzing fruit juice chemistry, removing leaves from plants, or whatever else I might be doing, I might be solving or constructing crosswords. Some of my creations have even been published in some well-known outlets. For lack of a better term, here is my “Crosswording C.V.”
Bajcz, A. 21 x 21 crossword puzzle. The Wall Street Journal. [1 accepted–date pending]. Mike Shenk (Ed.).
Bajcz, A. Daily crossword puzzle. The Los Angeles Times. [1 Feb. 2013; 21 Mar. 2013; 1 accepted–date pending]. Rich Norris (Ed.).
Bajcz, A. 21 x 21 crossword puzzle. The Crosswords Club. Accepted–date pending. Patti Varol (Ed.).
Bajcz, A. Daily crossword puzzle. The New York Times. [6 May 2014; 21 Apr. 2016; 1 accepted–date pending]. Will Shortz (Ed.).
Bajcz, A. “Volumizing.” Sunday crossword puzzle. The Los Angeles Times. 10 Jul. 2016. Rich Norris (Ed.).
Bajcz, A. “No Problemo!” 21 x 21 crossword puzzle. The Crosswords Club. No. 2095. Dec. 2013. Rich Norris (Ed.).
Bajcz, A. and J. Chen. “Mental Blocks.” 21 x 21 crossword puzzle. The Uptown Puzzle Club. No. 1260. Dec. 2013. Leslie Billig (Ed.).
The New York Times puzzles are available from their website or from the wonderful website Xwordinfo, but either source requires a subscription. Puzzles that appear in the Los Angeles Times are available for free on their website, but there is not a database for past puzzles that is currently available (so far as I know) for the LAT. Puzzles published by the Crosswords Club are available only via subscription, and I do not know of a repository for these either. That said, PDFs of my past puzzles are available upon request as long as you promise not to distribute them widely.
Here are some links to some blog posts discussing some of the puzzles above:
- LAT Sunday, July 10, 2016
- LAT Friday, February 1, 2013
- LAT Thursday, March 21, 2013
- NYT Tuesday May 6, 2014
- NYT Thursday April 21, 2016 (The infamous “SKYEY” puzzle)
If you want to take a crack at my past LAT puzzles, PDFs of those are available below. PDFs are also available below for my puzzles from The Crosswords Club and The Uptown Puzzle Club. Please do not distribute them other than for your personal use. Thanks!