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 theatre at Webster Conservatory in St. Louis, MO. Go Gorloks!
Patrick then moved to NYC, 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 Vox Media (every Monday and every 4th Saturday), Yes magazine (quarterly), and the American Values Club Crossword (occasionally). He cohosts the crossword tournament Lollapuzzoola, which takes place in NYC every year on a Saturday in August (except for this past summer which was virtual).
When he’s not making puzzles, Patrick can be found playing board games or cavorting around St. Louis with his preschooler.
If you read the previous paragraphs, you know that performing has been a part of Patrick’s life for a long time now. When the pandemic began, Patrick was performing as Father Fitzgerald in “Flanagan’s Wake” at Westport Plaza.
Patrick started letterboxing a few years ago, which involves solving clues to locate hidden hand-carved rubber stamps.
A baby girl came into Patrick’s life in December of 2015, and he considers himself so lucky to be her daddy. #proudpapa