The Pianist Crossword King

If you think Solving a tricky crossword puzzle is quite challenging. Then try solving it on a tournament, in front of many people and in less than 10 mins. You must be a magician to do that, you may think.
Well Dan Feyer is nothing short of a crossword genius, he has won the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament several times. Mr Dan Fever is a pianist working and living in NYC and multiple times crossword tournament champion.

How does Dan prepare for the tournament?

He actually practices and solves many crossword puzzles. It is not far from the prep work that many athletes do before a tournament but in his case the prep work is doing more ‘crossword training’. This is a general rule to improve in anything you do practice and get better. But must be noted that Dan doesn’t only do crosswords before a tournament, he does them all year long because well – it’s a passion for him above all.

How many xword puzzles he solves in a day?

The average number for Dan is about 15, he does them whenever he can. Whether he is on lunch break, commuting or dinner time before the Television. If you are as passionate and good as him the puzzles go very quickly. His daily commuting amounts to about 40 minutes each day and during that time he can easily crack 5 to 10 puzzles depending on their difficulty.

You might be wondering what does a pianist have to do with crossword puzzles and why he is so good at it. We’ll we were wondering the same thing. What is your theory? Comment below.

Max Scherzer appeared on USA Today Crossword

Max Scherzer, a notable American Baseball Pitcher who has also previously played for Detroit Tigers, LA Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks was featured on USA Today Crossword.

He was a clue in the crossword puzzle and the clue number was 7 Down.
The question was:
“Max Scherzer Pride”

Max actually tweeted about this and pointed our that maybe they should’ve done a little more research.
He would have thought a more accurate answer would have been his ARM that is his pride but let’s explain what DIC meant.

That’s because Max has two different colored eyes you have a condition called dichromatic, or DIC for short. Regardless, this is a new step for max, because when you are featured on the USA Today Crossword, you know you’ve made it. Right? How many guys get in the crossword? Max has officially arrived.

Mathematician and Cruciverbalist – Meet Dr. Fogarty

Neville Fogarty – Crossword Puzzle Maker

Ever since his sophomore years Dr Neville Fogarty participated in a TV Show related to Crosswords and reached second place. It appears that that TV show fueled his passion for puzzles even further, and it has resulted in Neville being now known as one of the most prominent crossword puzzle creators. Neville has made a name for himself in the Crosswords World and his passion for puzzles has grown continously as has the number of puzzles that he has authored and some of them have been featured in very famous newspaper’s crossword editions such as NYTimes Crossword, Buzzfeed, LATimes just to name a few.

How did it All Start?

For Dr Neville it all started when he was a college student. During the summers he wanted to go to a TV show about crosswords. So he then spent about a month solving every crossword he had in its hands to practice. His father also helped with some of the crosswords he worked on. He was able to win at the first episode of that TV Show. A year or so after that event he was experimenting with creating his own puzzles as he thought they could not be that difficult to make. At first, like any beginner he found it to be a bit tricky but later on he managed to get a crossword puzzle published on the LA Times which also meant that he got a compensation for it.

How Does he go About Creating a Puzzle

Most of his crosswords or even crosswords in general are themed ones. So the first thing that Neville does is thinking of a theme. This typically means that you construct the puzzle in such a way that the most difficult answers have some string that connects them. There is something indirect that they have in common or that serve as a clue about each other. He then must think of some theme entries, while also keeping the grid dimensions in mind, also trying to leave as little empty(black) tiles as possible. He then organises the answers as nicely as he can and then he goes on with formulating the clues.

Advice for newbie Crossword Players

Like any other area, this the crossword creation or solving is something that needs practice and patience to get good at. For newbies to the crossword world it is best that you start with a simple and easy to figure puzzle. The ones on USA Today Crossword typically fall into the beginner-friendly puzzles. While it’s better to solve them on your own, it is not cheating if you confront the answers with a crossword helper site on the web. There is always the possibility that you may find an equally meaningful word but it is not the correct one.
Some players chose to play with a friend, this way you double your chances and as you make progress you will start to notice that some words, short words in particular pop up more frequently and are considered seed words by some cruciverbalists.

Crosswords and other Games linked to Reduced Stresss

Could Chess or Sudoku help anxiety?

New studies have shown that brain-intensive logic puzzles like sudoku or crosswords may be effective at lowering anxiety and stopping overthinking people from worrying too much. The studies have shown that playing these games lowers the anxiety more than watching tv or Netflix.

A researcher of this study, published by the University of UK Berkeley suggested that anxiety doesn’t necessarily increase with harder tasks, she says it is actually the opposite.
This study actually reached the conclusion that anxious folks performed equally well compared to others, when they faced challenging/demanding logic puzzles that require a higher level of concentration. They however needed a bit more time than others to complete the easy tasks. Could it be that anxious people give the same level attention and seriousness even to the most simple tasks?

This slower time to response to puzzles that did not require full concentration was followed by a reduced prefrontal cortex blood flow, this area of the brain serves as the Head of Deparment in areas such as Memory, Thinking and Planning.

The puzzles in this study were simple ones mainly consisting of recognition of letters which were given to around 20 people. And the blood flow in the “fight or flight” section of the brain was measured via MRI. The study pointed out that this center of the brain impaired the ability to concentrate even if it was not over active, this indicates that the anxiety coupled with lower concentration must be studied in another area of the brain.

As a way to keep accurate scoring, the difficulty of the puzzles was taken into consideration. The difficulty of the puzzle and its correlation with distraction and anxiety was observed. This study pointed out that about 1 in 5 adults in United States is affected by one or more form of anxiety disorder.

If you want to read the full study open the Study Link Here.

Are Crossword Puzzles Copyrightable?

Crossword puzzles? Been with us for over 100 years, published daily on many magazines each one with a distinctive style and theme.Many grid versions exist as well.

But have you ever wondered if you can copyright a crossword puzzle that you created?

According to most Lawyers YES they can. As they are no different than any other intellectual property.

A crossword puzzle is an intellectual property just like a poem, a lyric or painting because it requires someone to create it in a very specific way. As soon as the crossword is put into print or physical form the copyright law protects it. This copyright law even clarifies that other puzzles must be distinctly


Is there a language that people learn for doing cryptic crosswords?

Yes – pretty much like any other language, you just learn a few rules and like what what do you saw with Tipsy Game. You thought okay well that looks like it suggests an anagram because of words that suggest like there’s something wrong. Then if you spot something like that that’s a really
great way to a cryptic crossword because then there are usually four or five of those in a puzzle you can spot broken words or something like that. And if you spot it you think maybe in these seven letters maybe there’s a seven letter word that I can play with and then I’m in.

How does the mind of a crypto crossword solver work?

Is it far easier for a crypto cruciverbalist to do those puzzles?
Some people are so much into word games that if they look at a menu they don’t see
desserts they see ‘stressed’ backwards. So it’s sort of an affliction and it stays
with you all the time you look at letters or words – even when you’re not playing.

There are probably lots of people out there, that try to form a word from the letters of a card number plate and many people have an affinity for this without ever realizing it.

A cruciverbalist confessed once that his wife’s name is Tailen and all he could think about was that her name was an anagram for Entail. He chose to not say it because she might have never talked to him again.

Does every Country have a Newspaper with the Cryptic Crossword in it?

Or it is specifically a British thing?
It is generally a British Thing. Although British Crosswords are being exported and syndicated in other countries newspapers. They are however written based on the British Crosswords.

New York Times crossword is into wordplay and they do do have some some little games but they’re not quite as as evil as we are with our puzzles. Perhaps not quite sure why.