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Crossword expert to present tips and tricks for the pastime

Cruciverbalist Steve Weyer of Ashland. Maria Geigel photo
July 10, 2023

Improve puzzle vocabulary and learn how to better interpret the language of difficult clues staff report

Here’s a tip: if you’re ever doing a crossword puzzle and you get an 10-letter answer with the clue “Ashland cruciverbalist,” the answer is Steve Weyer.

Weyer the cruciverbalist (or “crossword aficionado”) will share some of his knowledge, tips, and tricks when it comes to solving the word brainteasers from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 13, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The event is open to the public.

The first presentation of a two-part series, the event will cover choosing puzzles based on difficulty, improving personal puzzle vocabulary, adapting fill sequences, interpreting the language of clues, and appreciating themes.

Weyer has been a cruciverbalist since the 1990s. He developed Crozzword, a Java-based crossword solution application, in 2002. He has been solving puzzles on his iPad since 2010 and teaches crossword courses at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. He also makes crosswords for family, friends, and local organizations.

Weyer’s first New York Times crossword puzzle is scheduled to debut in 2023.

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