Matt Gaffney
Matt Gaffney

Matt Gaffney wrote Slate’s current events crossword from 1999 to 2003 and now writes a similar puzzle for the Week. He also writes a daily crossword and a weekly crossword contest, as well as puzzles for the Wall Street Journal and Washingtonian.

Sports
Nov. 28 2018 9:51 PMThe King of the Computer AgeIn an era when the world’s best chess players play like chess engines, Magnus Carlsen proved he still has the game’s best brain.
Gaming
March 10 2016 3:09 PMHow to Spot a Plagiarized CrosswordA crossword constructor explains the puzzle scandal.
Brow Beat
Aug. 24 2015 11:12 AMHow Merl Reagle (1950–2015) Changed the Way American Crosswords Were Made
Sports Nut
Nov. 4 2013 1:21 PMNo More KingsMagnus Carlsen is the world’s best chess player, but he shouldn’t be the world champion.
Culturebox
Jan. 27 2012 2:50 PMThe Shortz FactorIntroducing a new measure of crossword-related fame.
Gaming
Feb. 20 2009 10:24 AMI Was Told There Would Be No MathWill KenKen be the next Sudoku or a passing puzzle fad?
Political Crossword
June 16 2003 4:53 PMTory SpellingA look at British civilisation.
Political Crossword
June 2 2003 2:27 PMOff and RunningA roundup of declared Democrats.
Political Crossword
May 19 2003 1:02 PMHoly Roamin' EmpireThe language of colonialism.
Political Crossword
May 5 2003 2:38 PMLateral MovementGovernment jobs aren't eliminated, just shuffled around!
Political Crossword
April 21 2003 10:38 AMNow That's EmbarrassingA politician can't afford to look stupid.
Political Crossword
April 7 2003 4:59 PMMonopolizing Your LifeYou wanna talk no competition?
Political Crossword
March 24 2003 4:12 PMThis Could Get PhysicalSince political figures have to be strong.
Political Crossword
March 10 2003 2:23 PMState Dept.Everything's OK!
Political Crossword
Feb. 24 2003 4:26 PMWhose Side Are You On?Phrases for fence-sitters.
Gaming
Dec. 1 2016 3:42 PM50.Qh6+!!Magnus Carlsen retained his world title with one of the most beautiful, stunning moves in the history of the World Chess Championship.
Brow Beat
Sept. 16 2015 3:21 PMWhat’s Fact and What’s Fiction in Pawn Sacrifice
Gaming
Oct. 14 2014 5:19 PMDon’t Mourn the Passing of the New York Times Chess ColumnThis is a great chance for the Gray Lady to bring its chess coverage into modern times.
Culturebox
Jan. 27 2012 4:49 PMThe Shortz List of Crossword Celebrities
Gaming
Nov. 27 2009 7:35 AMIt Themes Somehow FamiliarHow could two crossword constructors come up with puzzles that are almost exactly alike?
Technology
July 12 2006 4:41 PMThe Ultimate Crossword SmackdownWho writes better puzzles, humans or computers?
Political Crossword
June 9 2003 3:29 PMSurprise AttacksBefore entering battle, be sure you know the rules of warfare.
Political Crossword
May 26 2003 8:54 AMHoliday RollWorkers of the world, relax!
Political Crossword
May 12 2003 3:31 PMAhead of ScheduleNever arrive early for a date.
Political Crossword
April 28 2003 4:07 PMIt's SpreadingFrom the Far East to the crossword page.
Political Crossword
April 14 2003 2:37 PMBorn HiredDo they really think they did it themselves?
Political Crossword
March 31 2003 4:40 PMClass DifferencesWhite House moniker, moral barometer?
Political Crossword
March 17 2003 4:43 PMStand, PatToday's your day.
Political Crossword
March 3 2003 1:53 PMBare and PhalanxedWhat's in a news network's slogan?
Political Crossword
Feb. 17 2003 2:30 PMLeft the RightWho says aging makes you conservative?

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