**SPECIAL POST** (Contest! Prizes!) (just one prize, actually)


April 6, 2014 by manvspuzzle


Where’s Patrick?

Earlier today, a reader posed the question: “Do you think you could pick a Berry puzzle out of a lineup of him and nine imposters?”

I’d like to see if we can answer that question.  Listed below, in totally random order, are 10 puzzles by 10 unique, prolific NYT constructors.  To have some degree of uniformity, I randomly decided to present each constructor’s 10th NYT Friday *or* Saturday puzzle published in the Shortz-era.

I then assigned each puzzle a number and used an automatic number generator to randomize the order.  I didn’t alphabetize or chronologize — it’s totally random.

If I have any inkling that you may read this blog (i.e., you’ve posted a comment or something), I’ve automatically excluded your puzzles from the contest.


1. For starters, you can obviously cheat on this.  But as respectable puzzle people, I’m expecting strict adherence to the honor system.  Please don’t cheat.

2. There are no clues.  Sorry, would have been too much of a hassle to include them.

3.  Sorry if you’ve seen some of these before.  Can’t help that — consider it your own personal advantage.


  1. Study the 10 puzzles and choose the one that you think Patrick Berry constructed.
  2. By 12:00 pm EDT on Monday, 4/7/14, send me an email using the “CONTACT” button or any other way you know how to contact me (Facebook, Twitter, email, whatever) with your answer clearly stated.  Also include your name, especially if it’s not inferable from your email address.


I’ll randomly select a winner (using some objective method) from the pool of correct answers and send that person a copy of Berry’s newest book, “Sit & Solve Hard as a Rock Crosswords.”  Why?  Just because I like you.

I’ll also post the results, including all the constructor’s names and dates of publication.

1. 10th puzzle 12. 10th puzzle 23. 10th puzzle 34. 10th puzzle 45. 10th puzzle 56. 10th puzzle 67. 10th puzzle 78. 10th puzzle 89. 10th puzzle 910. 10th puzzle 10


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