September 3, 2015
Missing Merl Last Sunday was the first without a crossword puzzle by the late and seriously missed Merl Reagle. Sunday morning didn't feel complete without one of his always delightful constructions. I hope The Inquirer adds another quality crossword in its place. I'd even be happy with a "Best of Reagle" series in the interim. |Michael Tearson, Westmont, firstname.lastname@example.org Merl Reagle brought years of joy, frustration, amusement, confusion, ahas , and groans to this fan. My Sunday afternoon will never be the same.
February 6, 2015 |
WHAT'S A seven-letter word for legend? Try "BERNICE. " That would be Bernice Gordon, who became a legend by creating crossword puzzles, up until the age of 101, that appeared in many major U.S. newspapers for 63 years. More than 120 of her puzzles were published in the New York Times, which always claimed to have the most difficult, a challenge to the big-brain word masters and mistresses who dig this challenging sport. Bernice, a Philadelphia native, was 101 when she died Jan. 29. Her last puzzle for the Times appeared in August.
January 31, 2015 |
Bernice Gordon, 101, the matriarch of American crossword puzzles, whose last puzzle appeared in the New York Times in August, died early Thursday, Jan. 29. Mrs. Gordon, a Philadelphia native who lived her last years in a Center City assisted-living community, started creating crosswords at age 35 as a young widow, home evenings with two small sons and needing something to engage her mind. She was rejected repeatedly at first. "My child," her mother scolded, "if you would spend as much time on cookbooks instead of crosswords, your family would be happier.
October 2, 2014
Tuesday's crossword puzzle was missing the clue for 28 Across. It was "Admits. " A story Monday on a Civil War lecture series this month at the Blackwood campus of Camden County College gave incorrect information. The series at the college's Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility is free, while minicourses cost $25 each or $50 for unlimited courses. The "Jersey Side" column Tuesday misstated Olga Pomar's position with South Jersey Legal Services Inc. She is community economic development coordinator.
February 24, 2014 |
Eternal rest can't be too far off - Bernice Gordon is 100 - but for two nights recently, she didn't sleep. Didn't even get into bed. The primary reason was a crossword puzzle she was constructing for the Los Angeles Times. And there was the Australian Open tennis tournament as well. Bernice, who lives at Atria Center City, an assisted living community, in an apartment overlooking Logan Square, has been creating crossword puzzles since she was a young widow, home evenings with two small sons and needing something to engage her mind.
December 22, 2013 |
One hundred candles for the crossword puzzle! One hundred cheers! The crossword, which has delighted, stimulated, exhausted, and frustrated millions of men and women, turns 100 years old Saturday. To commemorate, we thought we'd ask - how does the mind of a crossword maker work? We picked the brain of one of the country's better-known puzzle-masters, Merl Reagle, whose Sunday crossword is syndicated in more than 50 newspapers, including The Inquirer. His new book is titled, aptl;y enough, Merl Reagle's 100th Anniversary Crossword Book (Puzzleworks, 80 pages, $12.95)
June 26, 2013 |
Wednesday's crossword puzzle in the New York Times spans 83 years of Philadelphia talent. The puzzle, celebrating age difference, was cowritten by Philadelphia resident Bernice Gordon, 99, and Philadelphia-born, California-raised David Steinberg, 16. Gordon is the oldest person to publish a crossword in the Times; Steinberg, the fourth-youngest. Steinberg stumbled across Gordon's puzzles as he worked on digitizing Times crosswords from before 1993, when Will Shortz became crossword editor.
March 15, 2013 |
John Joseph Scanlan, 77, of Philadelphia, an addiction counselor and crossword puzzle whiz, died Saturday, March 2, at Jeanes Hospital of complications from pneumonia. For 25 years, Mr. Scanlan worked as a certified addiction counselor. His own history with addiction prompted a lifelong crusade to help others in their recovery, his family said. This was his passion and his gift, his family said, describing him as someone who "took no prisoners in his approach toward recovery.
May 22, 2012 |
Forty-two down is the answer to how many games the Phillies have played so far this season. Twenty-one across is the answer to the Phillies' number of wins and losses. This is not a crossword puzzle, but the Phillies have heard their share of cross words during this puzzling first month and a half of the 2012 season. They heard more during and after Sunday's listless 5-1 interleague loss to the Boston Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park. With their needle stuck again at .500, the Phillies lost ground to every team in the National League East and lost most of the momentum they had gained during a six-game winning streak that consisted mostly of victories against the dregs of Major League Baseball.
September 24, 2009 |
It all began because, about 60 years ago, Bernice Gordon found television a bore, except for Milton Berle. So instead of watching a box with black-and-white pictures, she started creating her own black-and-white boxes: crossword puzzles. More than a thousand published puzzles later, Gordon, age 95, is still at it, and the honors keep rolling in. Last week, the woman who put the & in answers like SC&INAVIA, and once did an X-rated set for the Happy Hooker, was recognized as one of a handful of people contributing puzzles to the New York Times for at least 50 years.