Timothy Parker (puzzle designer)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Timothy Eric Parker born in Baltimore, Maryland is a U.S. TV producer, puzzle editor and games creator. He is currently the crossword editor of USA Today.

Photo of Puzzle Master Timothy E. Parker

Parker grew up in Baltimore, Maryland with nine siblings, and attempted his first crossword puzzle at age 12.[1] He attended the private Gilman School where he excelled in both football and baseball. He was recruited by the Pittsburgh Pirates at 16 [2] but did not join them.

Timothy Parker is married with two children.

Puzzle career[edit]

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 YAHOO, CBS News, The Boston Globe, AOL, Miami Herald, Dallas Morning News, New York Daily News, and hundreds more. His daily puzzle audience is estimated as the largest in the world.

Parker is the founder of the Puzzle Society, one of North America's largest paid subscriber puzzle clubs.[3] In addition to crosswords, Parker also creates new corporate games, 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.

In 2000, Parker was awarded the title "World's Most Syndicated Puzzle Compiler" from Guinness World Records, officially making him a Guinness World Records Puzzle Master.

He has worked with corporate giants such as Sony, Microsoft, Comcast, Disney, Warner Bros., Reader's Digest, Coca-Cola, Greenberg Traurig and others, creating custom puzzles and game content.


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 the puzzle producer for all content on all 225 episodes of his game show, Merv Griffin's Crosswords.

In 2008, Parker contributed to the ABC prime-time television show, "The Mole." In addition, Parker has created puzzles that have appeared on The View, Access Hollywood and others. One of the featured contestants on American Idol was profiled on the show while doing a puzzle edited by Timothy E. Parker. Dozens of professional athletes profess to tackling Parker's USA Today Crossword on a regular basis.

In 2014, Parker entered into negotiations for several new TV game show projects, and two scripted dramas.


Timothy Parker has written or edited over 50 books, including the critically acclaimed "King Games Games," "Mastering Kakuro," "The Official Book of Kakuro," four editions of "Great Puzzles From The Bible," a series of puzzle books for the Dummies brand, 25 digital games, and the annual "USA Today Crossword Calendar." His "Family Time Crossword" is the world's most popular kids crossword puzzle and is featured on dozens of prominent Websites.

Timothy E. Parker co-wrote "The Book of Revelation Made Clear" with the co-creator of the Left Behind series, Dr. Tim LaHaye. The book clearly explains the mysterious, oft-misunderstood Bible book of Revelation line by line, in a simple, precise way, that even a child can understand. The book features 77 master puzzles and was released on July 29, 2014 by Thomas Nelson Books.

Parker has been featured on several TV and radio programs including Tavis Smiley and Tom Joyner, and has been featured in several magazines including People.

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • 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.[4]


  1. ^ "The Puzzle Society: Meet Timothy Parker". Retrieved November 14, 2006. 
  2. ^ "The History Makers: Timothy Parker". Retrieved November 14, 2006. 
  3. ^ "Timothy Parker's bio at Universal Press Syndicate's website". Retrieved June 9, 2008. 
  4. ^ "A new puzzle comes to USATODAY.com". USA Today. May 19, 2003. Retrieved November 14, 2006.