Graham Meyer is a writer, editor, composer, and crossword puzzle constructor based in Chicago. He reviews restaurants for Crain’s Chicago Business and covers classical and new music for Chicago magazine. His music has been performed by Musae and the Princeton Katzenjammers. His puzzles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and The New York Sun.

Projects

Daily crossword puzzle for The New York Sun, April 19, 2007.

From Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Puzzle Book #4. It ran with the subhead “They won’t laugh when you sit down at the piano this time!”

Husband-and-wife filmmakers Patrick Creadon and Christine O’Malley had never made a feature-length movie. So when their documentary Wordplay sold out at the Sundance Festival before noon on the first day of ticket sales and won over the critics, the pair got much more than expected. “To get this sort of reception at Sundance is something I’ll remember for the rest of my life,” says Creadon, who grew up in suburban Riverside.

May 15, 2006

A front-of-the-book article for Chicago about the crossword-puzzle documentary Wordplay also allowed the editor of the section to find an excuse to have me construct a puzzle alongside.

A puzzle constructed to run next to a front-of-the-book article about the crossword-puzzle documentary Wordplay.

The daily crossword puzzle in The New York Sun of February 28, 2006.

Daily puzzle, the Los Angeles Times.

From Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Puzzle Book #3. It ran with this subhead: “As you may know, World War I wasn’t, as advertised, the war to end all wars. More wartime slang, this time from World War II on.”

From Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Puzzle Book #3. It ran with this subhead: “Did you know that the word ‘orchid’ comes from the Greek for ‘testicle’ because that’s what the plant’s root tubers look like? Uh-huh. Here’s a few more garden-variety factoids.”

From Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Puzzle Book #3. It ran with the subhead “Before he wrote Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov made his living in part by constructing crossword puzzles. Some of his fellow literary lights made their money the hard way, too, before they made it to the big time.”

From Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Puzzle Book #3. It ran with the subhead “From Uncle John’s exhaustive collection of things that are named for what they’re not.”

From Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Puzzle Book #4. It ran with the subhead “Leonardo da Vinci is most famous for paintings like the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, but painting was just something he did in his spare time.”

July 1, 2004

A crossword puzzle for Minnesota Medicine. Just to warn you, if you’re not in the medical field, the puns will be a little abstruse.