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Margaret Farrar, who became the puzzle editor who founded The New York Times in 1942 was credited with popularizing daily crosswords. Yet, despite her remarkable distinction she published only her work by a small group of women.

It’s not surprising in a society dominated by White men. However, when I first published my 15-by-15 crossword in New York Times during Black History Month in 2011 I was unaware about any crosswords made in the name of Black women within America’s Crossword Gold Standard.

Prior to last year, I had created a plethora of 9-by-9 grids, also known as “midis,” for the New York Times crossword app. I was aware that my pop-culture-themed puzzles were one of the most popular puzzles on the site However, I was unsure the implications of doing my first puzzle on a leading newspaper could look like. I was afraid that it would expose me to the rigors of criticism against subcultures.

The announcement was made that the Times will feature a week of Black constructors to celebrate Black History Month There were many opinions on the popular crossword websites: “I prefer puzzles to be enjoyable, not militant treatises that propagate an ideology of political stance,” wrote one commenter in reply to “REPARATIONS” on a crossword puzzle created by Erik Agard. “The puzzle is a waste of the ability to think and communicate in order to drive the political agenda,” wrote another. In fact, this community, like many subcultures on the internet is brutal.

But, at last I felt some relief. “Must admit that I’ve learned nothing of Marcus Garvey. … Thank you for crosswords … to bringing me to this place,” one enthusiast said. When I was trying to find out what the names of champion in horse racing or jockey, my experience was like the last commenterI was thrilled that a game brought me to something I had never heard of. This kind of attitude, although to be in sync with a passion for trying to test your knowledge on a small scale, is really uncommon among crossword experts.