About me and this site...
Hello! I'm Elise. I'm from Upstate New York, USA, but I live in Toronto. I construct puzzles based on science and technology that I find interesting, and sometimes other stuff as well. I like to think that my February 2023 New York Times debut led to a spike in physics-related google searches, but I have no evidence to back this up. I mostly publish in indie outlets, so if you enjoy my puzzles, please support them! They can and will go away if you don't. :,(
I'll try to drop a new puzzle every few weeks or so, but that may change depending on how busy I am with real life. Some puzzles will be available digitally; others will be PDF only. All puzzles have answer keys if you get stuck. Any questions, comments, or ideas, please contact me using the form below.
Playing the Numbers- Fireball Crosswords- March 17, 2021
Systematic Solving- FiveThirtyEight- April 30, 2021
A Little Something- Inkubator- September 2, 2021
The Golden State- Crucinova- November 4, 2021
Projections- Crucinova- September 22, 2022
Take a Chance On Me- Lemonade Disco- May 17, 2023
Product Code- Spyscape- September 23, 2023
Other puzzle adventures:
Assorted puzzles at Burning Man's Wordplay Cafe (late summer 2021) (not the one that got stranded in the mud)
Charity pack, Words on Fire, that raised over $300 for the March to End Fossil Fuels (summer 2023)
Pack of 10 15x15s on the Crossword Puzzle Redstone app (summer 2023)
9x9s for The Varsity, my university newspaper
Other science-themed puzzles I recommend:
A.I.- Rose Sloan and Alex Boisvert
Love the concept; very timely. My computer science side was excited and my constructor side was slightly terrified...
Untitled- NYT- Bryce Hwang, Rahul Sridhar, and Akshay Ravikumar
Read the writeup on Akshay's blog, the process just about blew my mind. I made some very bad constructing software for an AP Computer Science class a while ago, but forget constructing software, this is next-level.
Untitled- NYT- Malaika Handa
Author of I Fold and 7xwords, both of which I am in awe of
Untitled- NYT- Sheldon Polonsky
Very on brand for this blog!!
Never Let Them Know Your Next Move- Lil AVCX- Pravan Chakravarthy
I'm fascinated by 3-Down-ness, and it was so cool to see it in puzzle form!
Two for the Price of One- Will Nediger
Untitled- NYT- Mark MacLachlan
Love puzzles like this :)
I try to update this list regularly. Let me know if there's one I should include!