Elizabeth C. Gorski

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“I enjoy creating puzzles that empower us to think differently

Modern Art Notes describes Elizabeth C. Gorski as a constructor “known for her entertaining, creative holy cow! grids.” An innovator of new puzzle forms, she has written over 245 crosswords for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. 

In 2013 she was named Constructor of the Year. She is also a four-time winner of Simon & Schuster’s Margaret Award.  She achieved the only Sunday Crossword Grand Slam in 2006. *

In 2011, she founded Crossword Nationa premium provider of puzzles for mobile, desktop and print solvers.   

Ms. Gorski invented the modern “Connect-The-Dots” crossword which debuted in The New York Times in December 2003. She wrote the first ebook devoted to this new puzzle genre.

Her film credits include an interview in Wordplay, Patrick Creadon’s 2006 documentary. The film spotlighted her NYT work, “High Definition,” as one of “Five Unforgettable Puzzles.” 20th Century Fox commissioned her work for the Sandra Bullock/Bradley Cooper comedy All About SteveThe New York Times tapped Ms. Gorski to create a celebrity puzzle with Martha Stewart as guest co-constructor.

Her custom work has been commissioned by advertising agencies, private clients, libraries and museums — including the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York.

A graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, Ms. Gorski lives in New York City. She is dedicated to the study and performance of chamber music and plays a 1997 viola made for her by Geoffrey Ovington.


*The Sunday Grand Slam entails four puzzles published during one weekend: Ms. Gorski was published in four major markets in a single weekend — The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The L.A. Times and The Washington Post. All four puzzles were Sunday-sized and designed specifically  for each market.


The “Ravishly” interview   (June 2014)

L. A. Times Crossword Corner (June 2014)

Modern Art Notes (Guggenheim Museum Spiral Puzzle)

The New York Times (Interview)