Feb 8

Carleton Connects: The joy of knotty words

From site: Carleton Connects

Three New York Times crossword authors—professor, alum, and student—discuss puzzles, creativity, and collaboration

Tuesday, February 8th, 2022
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Sophia Maymudes' grid for The New York Times' crossword on December 6, 2018

Crafting crafty challenges is a challenge in itself. Join computer science professor David Liben-Nowell, software engineer Sophia Maymudes ’20, and current student Billy Bratton ’25 for a conversation about the art of puzzle-making and -solving, the role of teamwork, and the place for puzzles in a Carleton education.

About the speakers

David Liben-NowellProfessor of computer science David Liben-Nowell has taught at Carleton since 2005. In addition to a forthcoming revised textbook, Connecting Discrete Mathematics and Computer Science, his many publications cover a range of topics: the geography of friendship, genomics, algorithms, spoken-word recognition, Tetris, game theory, and online chain letters.  In the last decade, he has developed an off-campus studies program in the History of Computing (based in England), won 24 steaks in a curling bonspiel, and (along with numerous acceptances) had at least one crossword puzzle rejected by The New York Times in every year except 2018. 

Sophia Maymudes '20Sophia Maymudes ’20 majored in computer science, with a minor in mathematics. She is a software engineer at Google, and her crosswords have appeared in many venues, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.


Billy Bratton '25Billy Bratton ’25 has published crosswords in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere. 



How to register

The event begins at 12:00 p.m. Central. Register via Zoom.


Sponsored by Carleton Connects. Contact: Christopher Brunelle