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Staunton Man Named Best Crossword Puzzle Maker in America

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A Staunton man is being honored as the best crossword puzzle maker in America.  Matt Gaffney, 40, has been named the 2012 Crossword Puzzle Constructor of the Year.

Gaffney turned his passion into a career almost 20 years ago.  He produces a daily puzzle and one that is released every Friday

He also says online and electronic platforms for puzzles are a change for the better.

"I think crossword solving used to not be considered a younger person's activity, but I think that was mostly because it was a generational thing," Gaffney said. "Most of editors at the newspapers when it was just the big three or four papers were a little older and so you didn't this appeal to the younger generation. But now with the online puzzles, you can put any content you want."

Gaffney says the puzzles take him three to eight hours to make depending on their difficulty level. 

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