Sam Bellotto Jr.
Sam Bellotto Jr. has been making puzzles professionally since 1979 in the Sunday New York Times Magazine. Today he contributes regularly to all the major crossword puzzle markets, including The New York Times, and also does a weekly crossword feature for high-profile newspapers and magazines. Bellotto's company, Crossdown, develops word puzzle computer games and software as well as the puzzles themselves. Crossdown has garnered the top People's Choice Award from the Educational Software Cooperative (ESC) four times between 1998 and 2004.