Twenty under Thirty

crossword puzzles from young constructors


What is this?

A unique and exclusive collection of 20 crossword puzzles written by constructors under 30 years of age, edited by Ben Tausig.

How do I get it?

Sign up to get a PDF version of this collection emailed to you. It's 48 pages, provides a mix of themed and themeless crossword puzzles across a range of difficulty, beautifully illustrated, with bios for each constructor, and includes solutions.

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Tell me more!

The "Twenty Under Thirty" contest was created because it had to be. The number of young constructors making extraordinary, groundbreaking crossword puzzles is higher than ever. University puzzle societies are fertile ground for communities of cruciverbalists with fresh voices and immense talents. People under thirty - and often under twenty - are now routinely published in the best puzzle features in the world.

The time has come to recognize the best of these young voices in a unique forum.

Who's in it?

(in the order they appear)

  Caleb Madison
Zoe Wheeler
Gareth Bain
Natan Last
Matthew Wyatt
  Tyler Hinman
Finn Vigeland
Alex Vratsanos
Jonah Kagan
Josh Knapp
  Anna Shechtman
Michael Doran
Peter Wentz
Peter Broda
Evan Birnholz
  David Steinberg
Alex Blum
Ian Livengood
Andy Kravis
Tim Polin

Who decided who's in it?

The puzzles were solved and ranked by a panel of crossword experts, including:

  Michael Sharp blogger
Patrick Blindauer constructor
Elizabeth Gorski constructor/blogger

The very best entries were picked from a deep pool.

Can I get a taste first?

Sure thing. Here are two sample crossword puzzles:

  1/5 Difficulty, Themed puzzle by Michael Doran | PDF | Answer

5/5 Difficulty, Themeless puzzle by Peter Wentz | PDF | Answer

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