Puzzle Constructors

C.C. Burnikel C.C. grew up in Xi'an, China and moved to the US in 2001. She hosts the L.A. Times Crossword Corner blog.
Andrea Carla Michaels Andrea is a company and product namer in San Francisco. A former Stand-up comic and TV sitcom writer, she now confines most of her wordplay to crosswords and Scrabble.
Susan Gelfand Susan has been constructing crossword puzzles since the 20th century and has learned that not everything about crosswords is always in black and white. Over the years, her puzzles have been featured in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal as well as many other publications.
Lynn Lempel No bio available yet.
Aimee Lucido Aimee is a software engineer at Uber for her 9-5 (okay, fine, 10:30-6) where she works on the driver team and also the company’s diversity and inclusion efforts. She splits the rest of her time between running stupid-long distances, writing books for children, and making up songs on the spot with her musical improv group Flash Mob Musical. She lives in San Francisco with her boyfriend and her plant. Oh, and I guess sometimes she writes crossword puzzles too.
Erin Rhode No bio available yet.
Patti Varol Patti is the Assistant Editor for the LA Times Crossword Puzzle and a freelance editor/writer/puzzle geek. For 12 years, she was a Senior Editor at Penny Press/Dell Magazines, where she constructed, invented, and edited a wide variety of puzzles and word games.


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 seventh year as Crosswords LA’s second-in-command (and his seventh 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, Pete Muller, David Quarfoot, Merl Reagle, Brendan Emmett Quigley, David Steinberg, Karen Tracey, Byron Walden, and Zoe Wheeler.


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