About me

I live on the North Shore, Auckland, New Zealand. I am married with two teenage children, one at Takapuna Grammar school, the other at the University of Auckland. We have one of each – a mathematician/musician and a dancer/artist.

Comments on my crosswords

“Well Maya, I thoroughly enjoyed your puzzle. Some wonderfully devious surfaces and great constructions, lots of why-didn’t-I-think-of-thats, a few that had me thoroughly stumped for far too long. I would nitpick a couple of clues, but certainly less than my checkers do with my clues. I will be coming back for more.”

David Tossman, cryptic crossword setter for the  New Zealand Listener

“Many thanks. Last month’s was a real brain teaser!”

Heather Vermeer, editor of  Channel Magazine

“Congratulations. You have a convoluted, tricky and extraordinarily devious mind. I promise not to disclose this to another soul.”

Kevin Ireland, poet and author.

“Best. Crossword. Ever.”

Tara Eastwood of The Androzani Team.

The Hobson magazine (and on a blog).

LawTalk (the magazine of the New Zealand Law Society) (and on a blog).

Verve magazine (and on a blog).

Forest and Bird magazine (and on a blog).

Channel magazine (and on a blog)

Debate (the AUT student magazine) (and on a blog)

And some written for the website of the Crickle wordgame are available here

And a few miscellaneous ones such as “Science, Miss Hawthorne!”, “Thisbe the verse” and “A crossword jigsaw!” are available here

About “Maya”

Maya (Sanskrit माया), literally means “illusion” and “magic”. However, the term has multiple meanings depending on the context … in later Vedic texts and modern literature dedicated to Indian traditions, Maya connotes a “magic show, an illusion where things appear to be present but are not what they seem” (From Wikipedia).

In my opinion, compiling cryptic crosswords is stand-up comedy for introverts. If I can get a laugh (or groan) when someone solves a clue, I feel my work has been worthwhile. 🙂

If you are interested in featuring a quirky, original cryptic crossword, tailored to current events and/or content in a publication, please get in touch.

Credit for the image above “Autumn leaves and lake in Kyoto”.


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