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New York Times Associate Puzzle Editor in New York, New York

Job Description

The New York Times is seeking an Associate Puzzle Editor to join the Games team, supporting work on the Crossword product and our growing suite of puzzles and games.

As an Associate Puzzle Editor, you’ll work with a small team on our online crossword submission system, helping to select the puzzles that will run in The New York Times. You’ll correspond with puzzle constructors from around the country on their submitted work, providing guidance on themes and fill words. You’ll work with editor Will Shortz, rewriting and fact-checking clues for soon-to-be-published puzzles. You will report to Joel Fagliano, Digital Puzzles Editor at the Times.

Finally, you’ll work as part of the larger New York Times Games team — including game designers, engineers, product managers, data analysts and marketers — to help power an ever-growing subscription business.

Why You Should Apply

In this position, you’ll get the chance to work on the country’s most popular puzzle, solved by millions of people every day. You’ll be part of a fast-growing team at The New York Times, which has more than tripled its subscriber base in the past five years. And you’ll have the chance to shape the long-term strategy for this iconic product, with an eye toward broadening its appeal to a whole new generation of solvers.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Help manage and evaluate the 6,500+ crossword submissions a year we receive to ensure our feedback to constructors is timely and helpful.

  • Highlight the strengths and weaknesses of each puzzle, including:

  • Identifying themes and assessing their quality

  • Pointing out good and bad fill

  • Review these notes with the rest of the editorial team

  • Write constructors on whether their puzzles have been accepted, rejected or need more work, with specific feedback on why; handle back-and-forth on edits and changes

  • Fix fill in accepted or soon-to-be accepted puzzles

  • Coordinate this work with other team members who will also help with correspondence

  • Help to edit clues for accepted puzzles

  • Help manage the production process of moving the fully-edited puzzles from InDesign files into the newspaper, our apps and website.

  • Test-solve the daily Minis, puzzle packs and other digital puzzles for the team.


  • 2+ years of puzzle construction experience

  • Clue-writing skills

  • Strong written communication skills

  • Proof-reading abilities

  • Ability to work collaboratively with a team

  • Knowledge of the puzzle constructor community and wider puzzle landscape

The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local "Fair Chance" laws.

Help shape the future of The New York Times

This is an important moment to work at The Times. Across the organization, we're taking advantage of the changing media landscape to pioneer a new era of journalism. With high-quality, original reporting at our core, we’re thinking more creatively about our reader relationships and how to deliver new and relevant offerings and experiences. We’re telling stories differently and playing with emerging formats like 360 video and VR. And we’re building a diverse and collaborative culture that can keep up with the rigors of the modern-day news cycle.

Home to world-class talent

To create journalism and supporting products that stand apart, we must recruit the finest talent in the world. Journalists, data designers, videographers, agile marketers, art directors, and many others, we’re looking for people at all stages of their careers to bring different perspectives and practices to our teams. Together, we can make our journalism more insightful, meaningful and essential to the daily lives and understanding of people around the world.

Employee-driven benefits

If you see a job opening here that might be a good fit for you, we encourage you to apply. We offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision plans for employees and their families, health and wellness programs, a 401(k) plan, tuition reimbursement, paid vacation, paid parental leave and much more.

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