Ada (she/they) is a crossword constructor based in Toronto, Ontario. She runs the indie crossword venue Luckystreak Xwords+ on Patreon, and is a regular contributor to the USA Today Crossword and Redstone Crosswords. When she's not constructing puzzles, she can be found performing comedy around Toronto.
Aimee (she/her/hers) is a long-time crossword maker with publications in most mainstream venues including the AV Classic and the New Yorker. She is a recent inductee into the cult of trivia and is very excited to apply her crossword experience to the trivia format. She writes books for kids and her first two publications, Emmy in the Key of Code and Recipe for Disaster, are available wherever books are sold. Her third book, Words Apart, will be out in winter of 2024.
Ben (he/him/his) has been an editor of the AVCX (now AV Classic) since 2006. He has two funny children, lives in Queens, NY, and likes to cook.
Claire (she/her/hers) is a Software Engineer and puzzle enthusiast based in Chicago, IL. Her puzzles have appeared in a number of mainstream and indie outlets but her heart belongs to cryptics now.
Enrique (he/him/his) is a computational linguist and data scientist based in Oakland, CA. His crosswords have appeared in most mainstream and indie crossword venues, and you can find more indie crosswords and data science thoughts on his site, Datalexic. He also co-maintains Spread the Word(list), a free data-driven resource for newer constructors.
Francis (he/they) is currently the Senior Editor for Union Square & Co.'s imprint Puzzlewright Press, and has had stints at "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (ancillary writer) and Games magazine (editor-at-large). Their puzzles have appeared in The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Wired, Time Out, the Wall Street Journal, Al-Jazeera, etc., and in books such as "Drunk Crosswords" (with Brendan Emmett Quigley), "Brain Games for Word Nerds," and "Sudoku in Space." Tweets: @fheaney; Insta: @heaneyf.
Quiara (pronounced key-AH-rah) (she/her/hers) was a journalist and is now a puzzlemaker (which, if you can believe it, pays better). The guy from The X-Files called her the best interviewer he’d ever talked to. She edits puzzles for AVCX+ and has done grids for Newsday, Boswords, The Atlantic, and (duh) AVCX; she posts weekly puzzles on her site QVXwordz.
Stella (she/her/hers) is a top solver of vanilla crosswords, with multiple top-ten finishes at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, and an evangelist for cryptic crosswords. Follow her on Twitter for a #crypticclueaday and weekly #crypticcluecontest, and visit her site, ToughAsNails.net, for a monthly cryptic mini, cryptic solving tips, and a semimonthly hard themeless vanilla puzzle.
Wyna Liu (she/her/hers) is an associate puzzle editor at the New York Times and an assistant editor at AVCX Classic. Her puzzles have run in The New Yorker, NYT and AVCX. She makes jewelry and objects that can be found here. IG and Twitter @wynaliu
Madeline (she/her/hers) is a Lil AVC X contributor. She is also a podcast producer and writer.
Kunal (he/him/his) is an engineer who lives in the Bay Area. He started solving crosswords in 2017 and has loved it ever since. He began constructing in early 2020. You can find other puzzles he’s written on his blog. In his spare time Kunal enjoys cooking, running, and exploring California’s outdoor spaces.
A master thief who uses her skills for good, Kelsey (she/her/hers) travels the world foiling V.I.L.E.'s evil plans— with help from savvy sidekicks. Extremely intelligent, stylish, and fashionable, most of her crimes involve spectacular, and often improbable, cases of monument theft. Her other puzzles can be found at crosstina-aquafina.blogspot.com.
BEQ (he/him/his) has written every puzzle you've ever done since 1996. When not crossing words, he can be seen making an unholy racket with the Boston Typewriter Orchestra.
Adrian (he/him/his) is from Wyoming— a distortion of the space-time continuum that the inner echelons of the U.S. government are trying to convince you is a “state.” Do not trust anything he says, because everyone “from Wyoming” is, in reality, a robot filled with pre-programmed memories and propaganda; the name Wyoming, after all, comes from a Delaware word meaning “conspiracy.” You can try to reach Adrian through technology, which, as a humanoid, he is likely to understand. Click here or here.