Cruciverbalism (Crosswords!)

Cruciverbalism is an affectionate term word nerds use to describe the science/art of crossword construction. When I am not working, I love solving and constructing crosswords. Some of my creations have been published in well-known outlets. For lack of a better term, here is my “Crosswording C.V.”

Bajcz, A. Daily crossword puzzle. The New York Times. [27 Apr. 2022; 11 Nov. 2020; 6 May 2014; 21 Apr. 2016]. Will Shortz (Ed.).

Bajcz A. 15 x 17 puzzle. Fireball Crosswords. Title pending. [1 accepted–dates pending]. Peter Gordon (Ed.).

Bajcz A. Sunday crossword puzzle. The New York Times. [“Oh, Fourpeats sake!” 10 Jan. 2021; “Preposition proposition” 15 Apr. 2018]. Will Shortz (Ed.).

Bajcz A. Daily crossword puzzle. The Wall Street Journal. [“Bowl Games,” Aug. 4, 2021; “Queueing up,” Aug. 15 2018; “Sad to Say,” Jul. 2 2018; “Sweater Lopping,” May 8 2018]. Mike Shenk (Ed.)

Bajcz, A. Daily crossword puzzle. The Los Angeles Times. [1 Feb. 2013, 13 Mar. 2013; 7 Oct. 2017; 20 Jan. 2018; 9 Mar. 2018]. Rich Norris (Ed.).

Bajcz, A. “Play Action.” 21 x 21 crossword puzzle. The Crosswords Club. No. 2373. Nov. 2017. Patti Varol (Ed.).

Bajcz, A. “Unnewsworthy.” 21 x 21 crossword puzzle. The Wall Street Journal. [23 Sep. 2017]. Mark Shenk (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 both of these sources requires a subscription. I can provide personal copies of these puzzles on request. 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). The Wall Street Journal makes their puzzles available for free online as well on their website, although I think you can only access puzzles that are recent.

Here are some links to some blog posts discussing some of the puzzles above and which provide answers [Spoiler alert!]:

If you want to take a crack at my past puzzles, images of some of these are available below. Please do not distribute them other than for your personal use. Thanks!