Cryptic Crosswords

Added Attractions
Letter Theory
Colorado Cryptic
(2008 NPL Convention)
Ghost Net (2008 Ghost Patrol application)
Fifty-Fifty (for a friend's 50th birthday)
Multifaceted Baltimore (one of the official
cryptics of the 2009 NPL Convention)
Watery Weekend Workout (2011 NPL Convention cryptic competition, 20-clue limit)
Plainly In The Maine (2014 NPL Convention)
Mixed Doubles (in Cryptic All-Stars 2)

Can You Dig It? (2016 NPL Convention)

Sandwiches (in Cryptic All-Stars 4)

Mirror Ball (in Cryptic All-Stars 4, with Roger Wolff)

Puzzle Hunts I've Written or Co-Written
(2011 multi-city walkaround Hunt)
A Matter Of Con Science
(Saturday night event at 2013 NPL Convention,
co-written with Mark Halpin and Darren Rigby)
Ya Buncha Yoyos
(2016 Palindrome practice Hunt)
Damn This Traffic Jam
(2017 Palindrome practice Hunt)
Space Oddity
(2018 Palindrome practice Hunt)

Enigmas Puzzle Hunt

(needs passcode from this deck of cards)

Variety Freeform Puzzles

Out Of Sorts
Common Bonds
Tic Tac Clues
First Things First
A Definitive Puzzle
Get It Together
(bonus for the Enigma jigsaw)
Rules (Iron Puzzler 2011)
Closed Face Sandwiches (Iron Puzzler 2011)
Forest For The Trees (armchair road rallye)
Pix Mix (pub quiz handout)
Award Winking Films (pub quiz handout)

Do You Hear What I Hear? (pub quiz handout)

News On Film (pub quiz handout)

Short Wordplay-Based Puzzles

A page of NPL Flats and other short puzzles

Variety Crosswords

Multicross (Games Magazine, Dec 2008)
Bidirectional Multicross
Tetracross (Will Shortz's Wordplay, Dec 2014)
Christmas Threes (2017 holiday greetings puzzle)

MIT Mystery Hunt 2008 (home page)

Mystery Rallye
Advisory Boards
Frontal Lobotomy
(with Jeffrey Harris)
War Game (with Mark Halpin)
Six Easy Pieces
Frame Of Reference

The following metapuzzles depended upon additional information available from other sources during the Hunt:

Witness Group and Meta (Symbols of Tibetan Buddhism)
Dossier 6 Meta (Where's Waldo)
Endgame Means Logic Puzzle (logic)

MIT Mystery Hunt 2010 (home page)

Confirmed Machine 925 (with art by Mark Halpin)
Bits And Pieces
Side By Side By Side
(with Mark Halpin)
Tangled Web
Almost Loaded
Casting Spells
4 = 2
Arts And Letters
Box Sets
String Maze
Don't Let Me Down
(with Mark Halpin)

The following metapuzzles depended upon additional information available from other sources during the Hunt:

1903 Meta -- Edison's Phonograph
1804 Meta -- Pyramids Of The Aztecs
1845 Event -- The Alphabet Tower
1804 Supplementary Information
1845 Supplementary Information


MIT Mystery Hunt 2016 (home page)

Something For Everyone
(with Mark Halpin)
Zodiac Quest
Staggered Starts
Lesser Works

The following metapuzzles depended upon additional information available from other sources during the Hunt:

Dog Show Meta-Meta (end of Round 1)
Ysera Meta

MIT Mystery Hunt 2022 (under construction!)


(2021) Consultant, including original puzzle design, on Ghostbusters: Afterlife

(2021) Puzzle Consultant for Los Angeles run of David Kwong's The Enigmatist, with a pre-show puzzle room

(2021) Designer (with David Kwong) of an Instagram puzzle experience for Google Arts & Culture

(2021) Puzzle Designer for The Door You Never Saw Before, through the Geffen Stayhouse

(2021) Consultant on the CW series Kung Fu

(2021) Contributor of puzzles used on second season of Mental Samurai

(2020) Puzzle Designer for David Kwong's online puzzle show Inside The Box, through the Geffen Stayhouse (September 2020 - March 2021)

(2020) Contributor of food-themed crosswords to Hungry Games

(2020) Puzzle Designer for Enigmas Deck and online puzzle hunt (here is the July 1, 2020 Kickstarter that raised more than $100K)

(2020) Co-constructor (with David Kwong) of an engagement party puzzle hunt at the New York Historical Society

(2020) Puzzle Consultant on the Enigma jigsaw puzzle

(2019) Consulting Producer, Puzzles for David Kwong's The Enigmatist, including this puzzle set and a pre-show puzzle room

(2018-present) One of several regular writers and hosts for O'Brien's Irish Pub Quiz, the longest-running pub quiz in the L.A. area

(2016) Designer of the collaborative simulation game The Ultimate Bowl for Professor Elissa Grossman's Gaming The System business course at USC

(2013-18) Designer and presenter of warm-up games at Crosswords LA (2018 was the final year of the event)

(2005-present) Designer of several unpublished board games, including the strategic word game Plexis in which players move their own army of letters on a board, pushing other players' letters and competing to form words in the limited scoring slots, as well as more than a dozen group games played on the official program or after hours at the National Puzzlers' League annual convention

(1995) Wrote a portion of the national, atlas-based road rally The St. Valentine's Day Massacre