A man who wrote crossword puzzles for The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal explains what his job entails


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Trip Payne

Trip Payne.

Clue: Three time champion of the American Crossword Tournament; former puzzle writer for The New York Times, The New Yorker, and the Wall Street Journal.


Answer: Trip Payne. Payne, who is currently a staff writer for PuzzleSocial's Daily Celebrity Crossword, has been a full-time puzzlemaker since 1990.

"When I was young, I was very interested in puzzles and games," says Payne, who was featured in the 2006 award-winning documentary "Wordplay." "I thought it would be interesting to try to make up my own puzzles, and when I was 14 years old I had a crossword published in Games Magazine. Over time, that hobby became my career," he tells Business Insider.

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We recently spoke to Payne about what his job entails. Here's what he had to say: