PATRICK BLINDAUER has had a lifelong love of puzzles, from the time his mom bought him “Mr. Light” and his dad shared his Games magazines. He caught the theater bug in junior high and studied musical theatre at Webster University in St. Louis, MO, earning a B.F.A. in 1998. Go Gorloks!
Patrick moved to NYC that same year, where he worked on various projects, appeared in 7 episodes of Strangers with Candy, and had a line in A Beautiful Mind.
Patrick’s life took at definite turn for the better when he quit smoking cigarettes and took up solving crosswords in the summer of 2004. He decided to try his hand at construction, and saw his first puzzle published in The New York Times on July 21, 2005 (a Thursday). He has since written over 60 puzzles for the Times, including a week-long puzzle contest similar to his Puzzlefests. His work has also appeared in places like the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and GAMES magazine.
Patrick also writes puzzles for Crosswords With Friends, the American Values Club Crossword, and the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. He cohosts the crossword tournament Lollapuzzoola, which takes place in NYC every year on a Saturday in August.
When he’s not making puzzles, Patrick can be found performing around St. Louis (where he and his wife moved in 2011), letterboxing in nearby parks, or dancing with his baby girl.
If you read the previous paragraphs, you know that performing has been a part of Patrick’s life for a long time now. Most recently, Patrick performed as The Cowardly Lion in “The Wizard of Oz” for Variety Children’s Theatre.
Patrick started letterboxing a few years ago, which involves solving clues to locate hidden hand-carved rubber stamps.
Magnolia came into our lives almost two years ago, and we are so grateful for her. #proudpapa