Everyone knows that Friday crosswords are the most arduous of the week, created for the finely tuned brains of experienced solvers. Those puzzle mavens can rev up their gray matter on these super-strenuous grids. Only about two-thirds of the 72 crosswords have themes—“Chapter and Verse,” “Radical Chic,” “Dress Code”—and there's always something tremendously tricky going on, too.
Peter Gordon is the Editorial Director for Sterling Publishing's Puzzlewright Press, overseeing the puzzle and game books, and was the crossword editor of the New York Sun. He edits a weekly crossword for the Washington Post and has an online crossword at FireballCrosswords.com. The 50+ books written and edited by Gordon have combined sales of more than a million copies.