Joanne Sullivan enjoyed solving puzzles since she was a child, but she avoided crosswords thinking they would be filled with arcane information. But when a friend encouraged her to attempt one she quickly became an avid solver, then a crossword constructor. In 2010 her first published puzzle appeared in The New York Times, the most celebrated venue for crossword puzzles. Crossword editor Will Shortz honored her debut by including it in his book Will Shortz Picks His Favorite Puzzles: 101 of the Top Crosswords from The New York Times. Joanne's crosswords appear in other venues including The Chronicle of Higher Education and the book, 100 Years, 100 Crosswords: Celebrating the Crossword's Centennial. She particularly enjoys showing others how fun crosswords can be. Her presentations convert crossword skeptics and help puzzle fans sharpen their skills.
Friday, February 24th
Crosswords: Fact, Fiction, and Fun
What you think you know about crosswords might not be true. We'll bust common myths and learn the truth about crosswords. Whether you're clued in or clueless about crosswords, there will be something for you to enjoy.
Saturday, February 25th
Crossword Game Show Night
Compete for prizes as we put a fun twist on popular game shows! Even novices have a shot at winning.