How are crossword puzzles made? In this episode of WIRED Masterminds, cruciverbalist David Kwong demonstrates how he makes crossword puzzles for The New York Times. And since he’s also a magician, his theme for the crossword (and a few extra puzzles within the video) is about playing cards.

Learn the process, rules, and tips that can help you create your own New York Times-worthy crossword puzzle. Find additional support on Wikihow. Plus, check out this helpful crossword-making tool: OneLook.com.

Related reading: How to Solve The New York Times Crossword.

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