About LAXCrossword.com

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 am almost exclusively a crossword solver these days, working on American-style puzzles published by the LA Times and the New York Times. I don’t construct crosswords anymore, but I do have over a hundred cryptic crosswords to my name, published in my native Ireland. 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 Los Angeles 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 the NYTCrossword.com blog (about the New York Times crossword) since 2009. I started this 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 let me “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 Los Angeles Times and New York 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

5 thoughts on “About LAXCrossword.com”

  1. I print the answer sheet. The puzzle used to print smaller. Now, it prints quite large and is using up a lot of ink. Any suggestion?

    1. Apologies for the tardy reply, Joe. Yes, I am aware of the larger size of the grid for printing. My intention is to format a more printer-friendly version of the page, but I need to work out how to do that. I will look at it just as soon as I can. In the meantime, others are changing printing settings to shrink the grid. It’s not ideal, I know, but the best advice that I can offer right now. Apologies for the inconvenience.

  2. This is the greatest blog ever! So often I solve a crossword puzzle, but I have no idea what some of the answers mean. I have always wanted to be able to understand ALL of the answers.

    So I thank you profusely! And I thank your father for getting you started.

    B. Belinda Morris

  3. Thank you so much for your blog. I learn so much from it. I wish you and your family a very happy holiday season, and a New Year full of wonderful surprises!

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