Puzzle Constructors

Erik Agard
Alex Boisvert
Jayne Boisvert
Anna Gundlach
Tyler Hinman
Jeremy Horwitz
Todd MClary
Brendan Emmett Quigley
Erin Rhode Erin got involved in puzzle construction via the MIT Mystery Hunt, meaning she usually prefers to write puzzles with no instructions that may or may not involve her dressing up as a bee and singing a bunch of motown. But crosswords are fun too. Her first NY Times puzzle was published in 2015 and she also writes puzzles for the AVCX.
Ben Tausig
Patti Varol Patti Varol is the puzzle editor of Crosswords Club, a monthly crossword collection, and Daily POP, a PuzzleNation crossword app. She is also the assistant editor for the L.A. Times Crossword and a puzzle constructor for Marbles: Bend Your Brain.


Game Constructors

Dave Shukan Dave is a puzzle and boardgame designer who practices intellectual property law whenever he gets a chance, though his colleagues and clients might (more accurately) tell you he's got that precisely backwards. He lives in Pasadena with his wife, Rebecca, and her cat, Loki.
John “Doppler” Schiff John is a serial hobbyist who has been creating and solving puzzles and word games for more than two decades, but has only recently tried to tame the ferocious crossword. Despite a severe mauling by a cryptic crossword in 2006, John has bounced back to see his first crosswords published by The Los Angeles Times in 2009.


Organizing Team

Alex Boisvert,
puzzle wrangler
Alex Boisvert has been constructing crosswords since 2006. He once won tickets to a Phish concert by calling into a radio station and answering a trivia question correctly.
Elissa Grossman,
director
When not organizing Crosswords LA, Elissa moonlights as a professor at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business (and mommy to Daniel). Her job at the tournament is to run around all headless chicken and take credit for the great work done by everyone else.
Dave Grossman,
mis chief
Dave's background includes a PhD from Harvard, teaching physics at Princeton, managing robotics and AI at IBM, becoming an IEEE Fellow, cofounding an internet company, and writing computer programs in 15 languages. His recent hobby has been writing software to simulate LA traffic. He designed software to administer these crossword competitions and to partially automate the scoring.
Daniel Grossman,
assistant director
Daniel is in his eighth year as Crosswords LA’s second-in-command (and his eighth year as the director’s director). His primary role is to show up and ask, “When will this be over?”


Test Solvers

Past test solvers: Erik Agard, Brian Cimmet, Jon Delfin, Sam Donaldson, Joon Pahk, Amy Reynaldo, and Michael Sharp.

Tournament Constructors

Past constructors for Crosswords LA: Patrick Blindauer, Alex Boisvert, Johanna Fenimore, Susan Gelfand, Elizabeth C. Gorski, Jeffrey Harris, Tyler Hinman, Donna Levin, Aimee Lucido, Andrea Carla Michaels, Pete Muller, David Quarfoot, Merl Reagle, Brendan Emmett Quigley, David Steinberg, Karen Tracey, Byron Walden, and Zoe Wheeler.


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