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Puzzle Editor

New York, NY

The mission of The New York Times is to seek the truth and help people understand the world. That means independent journalism is at the heart of all we do as a company. It’s why we have a world-renowned newsroom that sends journalists to report on the ground from nearly 160 countries.

It’s why we focus deeply on how our readers will experience our journalism, from print to audio to a world-class digital and app destination. And it’s why our business strategy centers on making journalism so good that it’s worth paying for. 


The New York Times is looking for an experienced puzzle editor responsible for editing and promoting NYT puzzles.

You will report to the Editorial Director and are responsible for editing and creating and quality puzzles for New York Times Games. Duties may include working on the New York Times Crossword or a new beta game. This role is based in New York City.

Why should you apply?

This is an opportunity to help shape products that people love. New York Times Games is a unique brand, with a portfolio of hit games with millions of fans. Puzzle editors work on games collaboratively with teammates, but also end up as lead editors and creators for tentpole games such as Connections. In addition to working on puzzles, this role will allow you to work cross-functionally with product designers, engineers, marketers and social media experts.


  • Go through puzzle submissions and select puzzles for consideration.
  • Do an initial edit of at least two puzzles a week with little oversight.
  • Produce puzzles for digital and print publication.
  • Assist in editing puzzles for Puzzlemania, a special print edition.
  • Lead editor/creator for tentpole games such as Connections or Spelling Bee
  • Participate/be available for community engagement on games
  • Proactively anticipate solver reactions and incorporate that into editing
  • Provide regular feedback to the editor on what standards need to be discussed and updated.
  • Share point of view on controversial topics and flag potential issues and solutions early in the editing process
  • Collaborate with producers, other editors and tools squad to improve production and workflow
  • Work with community team to respond to reader feedback and questions
  • Mentor newer puzzle editors


  • 3+ years editing puzzles for publication.
  • An appreciation for word games and puzzles.
  • Basic experience with web production, and basic knowledge of web tools and interfaces.
  • Basic knowledge of journalism ethics and standards.

The annual base pay salary for this role is between $98,000.00 and $103,000.00.

The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law.

All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will provide reasonable accommodations as required by applicable federal, state, and/or local laws. Individuals seeking an accommodation for the application or interview process should email [email protected].  Emails sent for unrelated issues, such as following up on an application, will not receive a response.

The Company will further consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable "Fair Chance" laws.

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