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Lynn Lempel

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Lynn created some super-easy crosswords for a school-oriented newspaper she worked on in the late 1970s, and she joked that she'd have to do one for the New York Times. When a coworker called her bluff, and not knowing any better, she submitted a 21 x 21 that took countless hours of struggle. But the rejection came with an encouraging note, and her next submission, again for a Sunday, was a yes. Since then she has done freelance editing while teaching reading and composition to community college students. Her puzzles have been published in Games magazine, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and the New York Times. She has a grown son and lives in Florida with a husband who never, but never, works crossword puzzles.

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