Back in 1980, I got interested in constructing crossword puzzles. I managed to get half dozen daily puzzles published in the New York Times. Then, I turned to generating crosswords for weekly newspapers, and built up a list of about 75 or so subscribers in the mid 1980s.
I had to give up constructing at that time because of other professional commitments, but several years ago got back into it.
I enjoy constructing because it is a great challenge: It tests my vocabulary, requires tenacity in finding fits for all the squares in the grid, and it leads to occasional bursts of inspiration in finding my way out a of corner I’ve figuratively painted myself into. I feel a real sense of accomplishment (and relief) when finally the grid is completed.
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Thousands of Puzzles Created
Phil’s puzzles have been published in many newspapers across the U.S. and Canda. Phil has been published in the New York Times newspaper as well!
Today, his orignial crossword puzzles are played thousands of time every month on his website, and his puzzle books have been published and are available on Amazon and on bookstore shelves across the country.