About Me

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Will Shortz and I at the 2013 American Crossword Puzzle Tournament

Ah, I see you’d like to learn more about me. Well then. My name is Sam Ezersky, and I’m a 21-year-old student at the University of Virginia, where I plan to double-major in Mechanical Engineering and Economics.

I have expressed a deep interest in puzzle grids from as early as 6 years old, when I discovered a partially solved Fill-It-In puzzle in a magazine at a barber shop. It was, for lack of a better phrase, love at first sight. As the years went by, I was completing entire books of Fill-It-Ins, and by my early teens I was solving daily Washington Post puzzles…and creating a few of my own, which were just awful. But practice made perfect (not really), and my first mainstream puzzle debuted in the LA Times on 3/25/12. Since then, I’ve had ten NY Times publications, one additional puzzle in the LA Times, one in the Chronicle of Higher Education, one featured in American Red Crosswords, and more in other various outlets.

In addition to having a passion for crosswords, I am an avid sports fan; I used to play baseball and run track, I’m a competitive fantasy football team owner, and I will root for my Baltimore Orioles and Ravens until the day I die. I am also a self-taught piano player with a musical ear and chromesthesia, and love all sorts of musical genres, though classic rock is the favorite. Finally, I definitely value my social life, and engage in shenanigans with a variety of friends on the daily.

Anyway, here I am now, channeling my addiction into a weekly blog! I wanna give a quick shoutout to my mentor/friend Judge Vic Fleming, who has developed me to where I am now in my constructing skills. Thank you all for reading, and I hope you enjoy my crossword creations!

Sam Ezersky AKA The Grid Kid

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