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Discover the intricacies of modern crossword puzzles from a published constructor, including:

  • The “rules” of crossword puzzles (and which ones can be broken)
  • Different types of clues and how to recognize them
  • Understanding crossword themes
  • Getting to know the New York Times crossword puzzle
  • Solving strategies
  • How puzzles are created and how constructors think

Plus, solve a custom-made crossword, constructed for this event.


Pete Mitchell is a Library Aide at the Newbury Public Library.  He has crosswords published in both the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times and is a 13-time “competitor” in the AMerican Crossword Puzzle Tournament.