Cracking a Male-Dominated Corner of the NYT Crossword Puzzle

Mary Lou Guizzo has had five puzzles published by the paper, with eight more in the cue.

NYTPuzzleMaryLouGuizzoThe New York Times crossword puzzle freelance rates are solid. Monday to Saturday, an accepted contribution will net the writer $300; for a Sunday edition, the payout is a hefty $1,000.

Per a fun piece in the Dayton Daily News, making inroads in this department is Oakwood, Ohio resident Mary Lou Guizzo. She’s been creating crossword puzzles for the past few years, some on her own and others with the help of a Seattle-based collaborator:

“I’m a big fan of Mary Lou, who has had five crosswords published in the New York Times so far, with more on the way,” said [editor Will] Shortz. “Two of these puzzles have been ‘themeless’ Friday ones, featuring wide-open white spaces and few black squares. This is a domain usually dominated by male constructors. Mary Lou’s work ranks with the best.”

Other papers that have carried crossword work by Guizzo include the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
NYT Crossword Editor Checks Off Four More States
A Crossword Puzzle Editor Minted at Penn State
[Image of Friday April 17, 2015 NYT Guizzo puzzle via:]

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.
Publish date: September 16, 2015 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT