Matt Gaffney

Matt Gaffney got his National Master title from the U.S. Chess Federation in 1991. He wrote Slate’s political crossword from 1999 to 2003 and now writes a similar puzzle for the Week. He blogs about crossword puzzles at gaffneyoncrosswords.com.

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?
Crossword
June 9 2003 3:29 PMSurprise AttacksBefore entering battle, be sure you know the rules of warfare.
Crossword
May 26 2003 8:54 AMHoliday RollWorkers of the world, relax!
Crossword
May 12 2003 3:31 PMAhead of ScheduleNever arrive early for a date.
Crossword
April 28 2003 4:07 PMIt's SpreadingFrom the Far East to the crossword page.
Crossword
April 14 2003 2:37 PMBorn HiredDo they really think they did it themselves?
Crossword
March 31 2003 4:40 PMClass DifferencesWhite House moniker, moral barometer?
Crossword
March 17 2003 4:43 PMStand, PatToday's your day.
Crossword
March 3 2003 1:53 PMBare and PhalanxedWhat's in a news network's slogan?
Crossword
Feb. 17 2003 2:30 PMLeft the RightWho says aging makes you conservative?
Crossword
Feb. 3 2003 2:43 PMI. Sound PretentiousAnd won't reveal my first name.
Crossword
Jan. 20 2003 1:12 PM"The Penn Is Mightier Than the Sword"Sean discusses his trip to Baghdad.
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?
Crossword
June 16 2003 4:53 PMTory SpellingA look at British civilisation.
Crossword
June 2 2003 2:27 PMOff and RunningA roundup of declared Democrats.
Crossword
May 19 2003 1:02 PMHoly Roamin' EmpireThe language of colonialism.
Crossword
May 5 2003 2:38 PMLateral MovementGovernment jobs aren't eliminated, just shuffled around!
Crossword
April 21 2003 10:38 AMNow That's EmbarrassingA politician can't afford to look stupid.
Crossword
April 7 2003 4:59 PMMonopolizing Your LifeYou wanna talk no competition?
Crossword
March 24 2003 4:12 PMThis Could Get PhysicalSince political figures have to be strong.
Crossword
March 10 2003 2:23 PMState Dept.Everything's OK!
Crossword
Feb. 24 2003 4:26 PMWhose Side Are You On?Phrases for fence-sitters.
Crossword
Feb. 10 2003 5:35 PMExploratory CommitteeA group whose work will continue.
Crossword
Jan. 27 2003 4:44 PMThe National ZooBe glad you don't clean the White House.
Crossword
Jan. 13 2003 2:47 PM"Pax Christiana"Those silly Norwegians, says Christopher Hitchens.

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Sports Nut
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