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#NYTReadalong | Greg Pliska (Puzzlemaker and Composer)

Updated: Jan 15, 2023

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This week, our #NYTReadalong guest is Greg Pliska, a freelance puzzlemaker and composer. He contributed to Puzzle Mania, The New York Times’ annual special section devoted to puzzles. Neil Parekh will be the guest host.

Puzzle Mania

This is the seventh year the Times has published Puzzle Mania. Joel Fagliano was the brains behind the Super Mega crossword, which is larger than ever before. It has 782 clues.

Greg, this week’s guest, created seven mini puzzles. Quoting Will Shortz, puzzle editor of The New York Times, “Together the crossword and mini puzzles are like a treasure hunt or escape room in newspaper form. Solve everything, then follow the directions to get a ‘’meta-answer.’’’ Click through to see all of the images and/or to expand.

Greg Pliska

Greg also contributed original puzzles to “The Puzzler” by A.J. Jacobs. We’ll also ask him about the contest associated with the book.

Greg proposed to his wife using a crossword and still creates new ones for her birthday / their anniversary. The proposal is below (click to expand). You can also read the announcement and watch a video of how they met.

52 Places to Go in 2023

After we finish talking about Puzzles, we will turn our attention to The New York Times’s 52 Places to Go in 2023. We’ll take a look at both the online and the print edition. From the opening essay, “Travel’s rebound has revealed the depth of our drive to explore the world. Why do we travel? For food, culture, adventure, natural beauty? This year’s list has all those elements, and more.”

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We have been reviewing the print edition of the Sunday New York Times for almost seven years.

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