Bio • About this site

What you’ll find here: A new crossword cartoon every Monday (well, there used to be), free puzzles, inside glimpses of new books, a few thoughts, some interesting links, and other amusing tidbits.

About Patrick Merrell: Patrick is a professional puzzlemaker, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, art director, and graphic designer. He has illustrated, designed, and/or written over 300 books, including 60 puzzle books. He’s one of MAD magazine’s “Usual Gang of Idiots.”

He creates puzzles for The New York Times (79 including 19 Sundays), Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Sun, Scientific American, People, Sports Illustrated, MAD, National Wildlife Foundation publications, Crayola, the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, the World Puzzle Championship, and many more. He was a columnist for Wordplay, the Times crossword blog, from 2009 to 2011. Two of his crossword puzzles and an interview were featured in the 2006 hit documentary, Wordplay (no connection to the NY Times blog).

He’s also produced thousands of illustrations, cartoons, greeting cards, posters, book covers, logo designs, and articles for a myriad of publishers, advertising agencies, national magazines, books, design firms, city agencies, and… well, you get the idea. In his spare time he’s a bicycle road racer and writes animated screenplays (not yet coming to a theater near you). He’s married, with one beautiful daughter.

All content on this site © copyright Patrick Merrell. Please don’t reproduce in any way without first checking with Patrick Merrell and getting written permission. Thanks!

To see more of his work, go to his website HERE. For a list of clients and published books, click HERE.

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