Timothy Parker (puzzle designer)
Parker grew up in Baltimore, Maryland with nine siblings, and attempted his first crossword puzzle at age 12. He attended the private Gilman School where he excelled in both football and baseball. He was recruited by the Pittsburgh Pirates at 16  but did not join them.
Timothy Parker is married with two children.
Parker is the founder and senior editor of the Universal line of crossword puzzles and games, which are syndicated around the world in print by Universal Press Syndicate, and online by Uclick, a division of AMUniversal. The Universal Crossword is featured on hundreds of sites including MSNBC, CBS News, The Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun, Miami Herald, Dallas Morning News, New York Daily News, and others.
Parker is the founder of the Puzzle Society, one of North America's largest paid subscriber puzzle clubs. In addition to crosswords, Parker also creates and edits trivia games, mazes, word searches, cryptic crossword puzzles, and others. Parker's puzzles and games have been published in over 100 countries including China, Brazil, Spain, France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, India, Canada, New Zealand and Russia.
Parker formed Master Puzzles, Inc. in 1999.
In 2006, he signed with the William Morris Agency of Beverly Hills to create original television programming in the game and reality genres, and to explore creating original content for some of WMA's high-profile corporate clients. In 2006, he was personally selected by Merv Griffin to be Puzzle Producer of his new game show, Merv Griffin's Crosswords. Griffin's favorite crossword was Parker's USA Today puzzle.
Timothy Parker has edited several puzzle books and is the editor of the annual "USA Today Crossword Calendar." He has been a guest on several TV and radio programs, and has been featured in several magazines including People. In 2008, Parker contributed to the ABC primetime television show, "The Mole."
Awards and recognition
- In May 2000, Parker was named "World's Most Syndicated Puzzle Compiler" by Guinness World Records.
- Parker became the second crossword puzzle editor in the history of USA Today in May, 2003.
- "The Puzzle Society: Meet Timothy Parker". Retrieved November 14, 2006.
- "The History Makers: Timothy Parker". Retrieved November 14, 2006.
- "Timothy Parker's bio at Universal Press Syndicate's website". Retrieved June 9, 2008.
- "A new puzzle comes to USATODAY.com". USA Today. May 19, 2003. Retrieved November 14, 2006.