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Episode 47: The Word Puzzlers II
That Word Chat returns December 7 with its second foray into word puzzles with four puzzle-creators from The Inkubator. Audience members will have a chance to buzz in to answer puzzles and compete for fame and prizes (mostly fame).
The Inkubator is a subscription-based puzzle site with the mission of providing an outlet for women new to the traditionally male-dominated field. We'll talk with co-founder Laura Braunstein and hear from constructors Katja Brinck, Jess Goldstein, Allegra Kuney, and Quiara Vasquez.
Braunstein, a librarian at Dartmouth College, has had puzzles published by The New York Times, Puzzle Society, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Women of Letters, and is a team member with the American Values Club Crossword. She also blogs for Diary of a Crossword Fiend. When not crossing words, she advocates for open access to scholarship, edits Wikipedia, bikes and skis on mountains, and discusses politics with her kids.
Brinck works in IT and lives in Healdsburg, California. She started competing at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in 2015 and started constructing in 2018. She has had puzzles appear in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Universal crossword, and other outlets. She is part of the Beyond Wordplay team, where she recently published an article on long German words. Outside of puzzles, she is also into classical piano, skiing, travel, high-impact interval training, hiking, and running.
Goldstein is a math teacher and curriculum specialist in San Francisco. She started constructing crosswords in 2020 and has been published in USA Today, Crucinova, and The New York Times app. Look out for more of her work in Universal and The Atlantic in 2022, and find crosswords deemed too spicy for the newspapers at her blog site. She spends most of her non-crossword time riding bikes, camping, and going to the library.
Kuney is a media researcher based in Queens, New York. She writes about words for Beyond Wordplay and Wordnik.com. She presented a puzzle for the 2020 puzzle episode of That Word Chat based on spoonerisms.
Vasquez runs the site QVXwordz. You may have seen her work in Newsday, USA Today, and The Atlantic — or, if you're a true puzzlehead, in Boswords, Fireball, or the AVCX. She is based in Brooklyn, New York.
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Past episodes with links to YouTube
Most episodes are linked to their videos.
Videos generally post eight to ten weeks after the live show on Zoom.
Episode 1 (April 7): Mary Norris
Episode 2 (April 14): Steve Kleinedler and Kory Stamper
Episode 3 (April 21): Roy Peter Clark
Episode 4 (April 28): Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett
Episode 5 (May 5): Ellen Jovin and Brandt Johnson
Episode 6 (May 12): David Crystal
Episode 7 (May 19) Ammon Shea and Peter Sokolowski
Episode 8 (May 26) Lynne Murphy
Episode 10 (June 16): Mignon Fogarty
Episode 11 (June 23): Jesse Sheidlower with special guest Colleen Newvine
Episode 12 (June 30): Jane Friedman
Episode 13 (July 14): Stan Carey and James Harbeck of Strong Language
Episode 14 (July 28): Steve Bien-Aime
Episode 15 (August 11): Ben Zimmer
Episode 16 (August 25): Alaina Lavoie and Caroline Tung Richmond of We Need Diverse Books
Episode 17 (September 8): Heather Bonikowski and John Kelly of Dictionary.com
Episode 18 (September 22): The Quad: Erin Brenner, Sarah Grey, Katharine O'Moore-Klopf, Adrienne Montgomerie, Lori Paximadis, Laura Poole, Amy Schneider
Episode 19 (October 6): Carol Saller
Episode 20 (October 20): Linda Kass of Gramercy Books
Episode 21 (November 10): The Word Puzzlers
Episode 22 (November 17): Merrill Perlman and Teresa Schmedding of the ACES Academy
Episode 23 (December 1): Rob and Teresa Reinalda
Episode 24 (December 15): Emily Brewster
Episode 25 (January 5): The Word of the Year: Ben Zimmer, Peter Sokolowski, John Kelly, Katherine Connor Martin plus Wendalyn Nichols and Lynne Murphy
Episode 26 (January 19): Malini Devadas
Episode 27 (February 2): Kory Stamper
Episode 28 (February 16): Cynthia Williams
Episode 29 (March 2): Grammar Day Celebration with Martha Brockenbrough and Special Guests
Episode 30 (March 16): Iva Cheung
Episode 31 (March 30): June Casagrande
Episode 32 (April 13): Dennis Baron
Episode 33 (April 27): Barbara Wallraff
May 11: Patron Happy Hour (private event)
Episode 34 (May 25): Maisha Maurant and Sangeeta Mehta
Episode 35 (June 8): Lisa McLendon
Episode 36 (June 22): Hannah Franz
Episode 37 (July 6): Arika Okrent
Episode 38 (July 20): Megan Figueroa
Episode 39 (August 3): Ann Friedman
Episode 40 (August 17): Gretchen McCulloch
Episode 41 (August 31): Russell Harper and Daniel Heuman
Episode 42 (September 14): Erin McKean
Episode 43 (September 28): Denise Cowle and Louise Harnby
Episode 44 (October 12): Crystal Shelley
Episode 45 (October 26): Fred Shapiro
Episode 46 (November 9): Paula Froke
Episode 47 (December 7): The Word Puzzlers II
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