About Bill Butler


The name’s William Ernest Butler, but please call me Bill. I grew up in Ireland, and now live out here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am retired from technology businesses that took our family all over the world.

I don’t construct crosswords anymore, but I do have over a hundred cryptic crosswords to my name, published in my native Ireland. I am almost exclusively a crossword solver these days, working on American-style puzzles published by the LA Times and the New York Times. I’ve never put together an American-style puzzle, but maybe one day …

I try to answer all emails, so please feel free to email me at bill@paxient.com.


This is the simplest of blogs. I work on the New York Times puzzle online every evening, the night before it is published in the paper. Then, I “Google & Wiki” the references that puzzle me, or that I find of interest. I post my findings along with the solution, usually just after midnight Pacific Time.

I’ve been writing this NYTCrossword.com blog (about the New York Times crossword) since 2009. I also started the LAXCrossword.com blog in 2012 in response to many requests over the years to write about the daily LA Times crossword.

Crosswords and My Dad


I worked on my first crossword puzzle when I was about 6-years-old, sitting on my Dad’s knee. He allowed me to “help” him with his puzzle almost every day as I was growing up. When I was 10, my Dad helped me construct my first crossword, which was published in the school newsletter. How I wish I had a copy of that newsletter today!

Decades later, I work on my New York Times and Los Angeles Times puzzles every day. I’m no longer sitting on my Dad’s knee, but I feel that he is there with me, looking over my shoulder.

This blog is dedicated to my Dad, who passed away at the beginning of this month.

January 29, 2009