Jackie Mathews

Jackie Mathews has been creating crosswords for more than two decades for newspapers and other publications across the country. She also produces sudokus and word-search puzzles, in addition to medical crosswords, TV crosswords, and general-themed crosswords. She has written for Dell Magazines for the last 30 years.

Jackie’s interest in crosswords began as a child and was no doubt influenced by her parents, who both enjoyed crossword puzzles. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach, with a B.A. in English. She founded Puzzle Features Syndicate in 1989. She tries to inject humor into some of her clues, rather than always being bound by dictionary definitions. As a crossword puzzle solver herself, she believes that funny and unusual clues make a puzzle much more enjoyable.

For many years, Jackie’s husband, Mat, assisted her in creating puzzles. He, unfortunately, passed away in 2003. She is the author of four books of word puzzles, which were published during the ’90s by Random House, Inc. She is a native Southern Californian and now resides in Everett, Wash.

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