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Martin Ashwood-Smith

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Martin was born in London, grew up in Berkshire, and moved to Canada in his youth. He is known among puzzle aficionados for his astonishing puzzles with groundbreakingly open grids, including many with multiple consecutively stacked 15-letter entries. He started constructing crosswords when he was attending the University of Victoria in the late '70s (where he earned a degree in English history). He has been contributing crosswords to The New York Times since 1991. He has also contributed puzzles to Games Magazine, Dell Champion Crosswords, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Sun, and Newsday. His puzzles have been published in Challenging 30-Minute Crosswords, Take a Break Crosswords, and the forthcoming Easy Rider Crosswords. Martin is a taxi driver for Blue Bird Cabs in Victoria, British Columbia.

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