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Starr Library, Rhinebeck, NY

  • Starr Library 68 West Market Street Rhinebeck, NY, 12572 United States (map)

How To Construct a Crossword Puzzle for the New York Times

Attention, crossword fans! Do you enjoy solving the New York Times puzzle one or more days a week? Have you wondered what it takes to get a puzzle accepted? Do you have an idea for a puzzle but don't know how to take it to the next level? Then come to this fun, interactive workshop! Crossword constructor Brent Sverdloff will demystify the puzzle creation process. Learn about theme development, clue writing, grid making, online and print resources, construction software, and submission guidelines. Bring any favorite puzzles, your imagination, and thoughtful questions!

Rhinebeck resident Brent Sverdloff has been a lover of word games since childhood. He has been a regular participant at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament since 2007. His crosswords have appeared in the New York Times, The New York Sun, and the Penguin Classics anthology of literary-themed crosswords. When not solving or constructing, Brent teaches foreign language and communications courses at Marist and Columbia-Greene Community College, as well as memorization methods elsewhere. Learn more about his work at  

Free. Register HERE. 


Earlier Event: July 27
Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
Later Event: January 17
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY