Coffee & Crosswords

Learn special tips and test your crossword solving skills with our puzzle experts

Hone your crossword solving techniques in these events facilitated by Amy Goldstein and Mike Shenk of Puzzability.

Mike Shenk is one of the most versatile puzzle constructors and editors in the country. He has been puzzle editor of The Wall Street Journal since the paper introduced its crossword in 1998. The Journal puzzles have since grown from one weekly crossword to daily puzzles that include crosswords, crossword contests, and a variety of unusual word puzzles. Mike has also constructed daily crosswords for a major newspaper syndicate since 1990, and he provided a stunning assortment of puzzles for Games magazine and its offshoots for 16 years. He is a partner in the puzzle-writing company Puzzability with Amy Goldstein and Robert Leighton.

Amy Goldstein began her puzzle-writing career at Games magazine, where she served as Managing Editor and wrote a broad range of visual and verbal puzzles for Games and its sister publications. She is the author of several word search books and has created a large variety of puzzles for print and electronic media and special events with her partners at Puzzability, Mike Shenk and Robert Leighton. Amy test-solves, proofreads, and fact-checks every puzzle that appears in The Wall Street Journal. She is a lifelong crossword solver, and has competed in crossword tournaments at a high level for 25 years.

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