Matt Gaffney has been a professional crossword puzzle writer for the past 21 years. He currently writes for the Daily Beast, New York, the Wall Street Journal, and the Week, and his puzzles have also appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Slate, Billboard, Wine Spectator, and the Onion. He has also written a weekly contest crossword since 2008 at, plus 29 books of crosswords, as well as the 2006 narrative book Gridlock: Crossword Puzzles and the Mad Geniuses Who Create Them. He lives in Staunton, Virginia, with his wife and son.