Patrick Merrell is a professional puzzlemaker, cartoonist, writer, photographer, illustrator, and graphic designer. He's one of MAD magazine’s “Usual Gang of Idiots.” He's created over 250 books, including 90 puzzle books, and written 92 crosswords for The New York Times (including 20 Sundays). Six of his Times crosswords appear in Will Shortz Picks His Favorite Puzzles, the most of any constructor. From 2009 to 2011 he wrote for Wordplay, the daily online crossword column for The New York Times.

Over the past 25 years, he's produced thousands of illustrations, cartoons, greeting cards, posters, book covers, logo designs, and articles for a myriad of publishers, advertising agencies, national magazines, books, design firms, city agencies, and … well, you get the idea.

Topics he's covered in feature magazine articles include art, architecture, nature, beer, baseball umpires, classic cars, model sailing, crossword puzzles, and Grover Cleveland. His photographs accompanied the articles.

In addition to writing crosswords for The New York Times, he's also created over 1,000 puzzles for People magazine as well as others for the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, People, Sports Illustrated, MAD, National Wildlife Foundation, Crayola, Scholastic, the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, the World Puzzle Championship, and many, many others. Two of his crosswords and an interview were included in the 2006 documentary Wordplay.

He works quickly, is invariably pleasant to deal with and has never once been late with a job.

In his spare time he’s a bicycle road racer and writes animated screenplays (not yet coming to a theater near you). He’s married, with one brilliant and beautiful daughter.

An abridged client list Publishing: Time Warner, Storey Publishing, Sterling, St. Martin’s Press, Random House, Uncle John’s, USA Today, Houghton Mifflin, Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books, Scribner’s, Scholastic, Workman Publishing, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, DC Comics, Marvel Comics Group, Children’s TV Workshop, Readers Digest, Oxford University Press, Times Mirror, Fawcett Columbine, Prentice Hall, Andrews & McMeel, Publications International, Field Publications, Rodale Press, Macmillan, McGraw-Hill, Bantam Doubleday Dell, Harper Collins, Harcourt Brace, Penguin, U.S. Business Press, Xerox Educational Publications, William H. Sadlier, Herald Review, Scott Foresman, Vero Beach Magazine
Companies: Showtime, HBO, AOL, Turner Broadcasting, Walt Disney, Miramax, Hammermill Paper, CBS Records, RCA Records, SeaWorld, Six Flags, Beaches resorts, IBM, Texas Instruments, Sony, Burger King, Denny’s, Olive Garden, Ragú, Kraft General Foods, Sunkist, RC Cola, Anheuser Busch, Charms Candy, Lever Brothers, Friskies, Weight Watchers, Jack in the Box, Mattel, Fisher-Price, Crayola, Legos, Pampers, Johnson & Johnson, US Healthcare, Puffs tissues, Lilly, General Motors, Westinghouse, Citibank, TWA, Mobil, BIC Pens, Carrier, Raytheon
Magazines: Scientific American, MAD, Fortune, Parents, Inc., Woman’s Day, Popular Science, Family Circle, Venture, Games, Ski, Tennis, Guideposts, Country Accents, Baby Talk, Good Food, Expecting, Cricket, Sesame Street, Nickelodeon, Ranger Rick, My Big Backyard, Electric Company, Guideposts, Dynamite, Weekly Reader

As well as many advertising agencies, design firms, and national organizations