If you subscribe to “all the news that’s fit to print,” look today at the famed crossword puzzle for a taste of Portage in The New York Times.
“I don’t want to give away the theme at this point, other than to say it’s related to numbers,” said Michael David, a math teacher at Portage High School.
This is the third crossword David created and has had printed in the publication. The puzzle will be syndicated in five weeks, he said, meaning that it could appear in other newspapers across the country that pay for the New York Times Syndicate.
The crossword puzzles get more challenging as the week goes on with Monday usually easier and Sunday known for its difficulty level. The creators can receive compensation from $200 to $1,000 for their puzzles.
Will Shortz, the puzzle editor, receives hundreds of submissions each day from across the country.
Here’s some tips from David for a budding creator of crossword puzzles:
1) Solve lots of puzzles yourself to help brainstorm ideas for themes.
2) Check the website www.cruciverb.com for information on publisher specifications and much more. There are many good books about constructing crosswords as well. He said he enjoyed “Crossword Puzzle Challenges for Dummies,” by Patrick Berry, and “Gridlock,” by Matt Gaffney.
3) Purchase gridmaking software such as Crossword Compiler available at www.crossword-compiler.com.