Matt Gaffney

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Introduction Greetings, Earthlings. I'm Matt Gaffney, a professional crossword puzzle writer for the past 15 years. Welcome to my weekly crossword contest.
My puzzles have appeared in Billboard, the Chicago Tribune, the Daily Beast, Dell Champion Crossword Puzzles, GAMES Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine, the New York Times, Newsday, the Onion, Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, and Wine Spectator.
I've written ten books of crossword puzzles, four books of variety puzzles, and the 2006 narrative book Gridlock: Crossword Puzzles and the Mad Geniuses Who Create Them. I'm also the author of the Complete Idiot's Guide to Crossword Puzzles & Word Games.
I'm 39 years old and live in Staunton, Virginia, a mellow college town in the Shenandoah Valley. I like the Internet Chess Club, Gypsy Hill Park, Hikaru Nakamura, Vassily Ivanchuk and Roger Federer. E-mail me at