134 – How to Be a Puzzle Editor For a Living, with Emily Peck Prokop

143e493Have you ever wondered who edits your favorite crossword puzzle? Did you ever think that was even a real job? Today’s guest is Emily Peck Prokop, a puzzle editor from Penny Press, a company that produces different crossword, Sudoku and other game books, and other games Find ud af mere.

In this episode, she shares what exactly her job requires, what goes in to creating one puzzle book and how her journey through life led her to a love of crossword puzzles, and an eventual career.

Listen in to hear all of that and so much more on today’s edition of How Did You Get Into That?.


  • What exactly does a puzzle editor do?
  • How many people work on one particular book of puzzles?
  • The special “skills” Emily had that qualified her for this job.
  • How can you also work on puzzles?
  • Why working today isn’t supposed to be fun, but it can be!
  • How does a love for puzzles turn into a career?
  • How much special knowledge is needed for this job?
  • How to find “your thing” and do it every day.
  • And much, much more!


  • What does she recommend as a best practice for doing a word search?
  • A “pro tip” for completing the New York Times Crossword!
  • A key strategy Emily recommends to complete a crossword puzzle.

If you enjoyed this episode and want to hear a few additional minutes of the interview, Click here to get the exclusive bonus material.


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