Special Edition: Crossword Centenarian

My personal and professional worlds recently collided – in a good way! – when I got a chance to meet longtime crossword constructor Bernice Gordon. And when I say “longtime,” I mean she’s been creating puzzles for decades.  Bernice, in fact, just turned 100 years old last week and *still* builds a grid every day.

Bernice celebrated her milestone birthday in Philadelphia last Sunday with dozens of friends and relatives. I was lucky enough to score an invite, and luckier still to meet fellow party guest Will Shortz! Last Wednesday, Will published one of Bernice’s crosswords, making her the first centenarian to have a puzzle published in The New York Times.

Here are links to my story and the Wordplay blog post about Bernice’s accomplishments. Below is a companion video piece that I shot.

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