A local crossword!

August 2nd, 2011 donnahoke

originally posted May 6, 2011

I am so excited to be able to share this news because it’s been a long time in the works. Beginning with July/August, I will be creating a custom puzzle for each issue of Buffalo Spree magazine!

I’ve had puzzles published in all the major publications–The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, GAMES magazine etc–so you can expect this puzzle to feature all the same types of themes, wordplay, and contemporary entries that you enjoy in those puzzles but with as much as possible geared  specifically to Buffalo. Consider it part puzzle, part Buffalo trivia.

The theme for the first puzzle centers around Buffalo Spree’s Best Of selections. You can try to get them on your own (and seasoned solvers will probably prefer this), but if you need help, the answers will be right there in the magazine so you can cheat and learn about the Best of Buffalo at the same time.

I know that not everybody is a puzzle fan, but I hope that you’ll give it a try. I’d love to have your feedback, as well as your ideas for Buffalo-themed words to add to my database. (Many thanks to my Facebook friends who helped me with my initial list–WOW! You’ll be seeing many of those words in upcoming puzzles!)
I have created puzzles for gifts and seen how much the recipient enjoys the personalization that can only come from custom construction. This is my gift to Buffalo puzzle fans and anybody else who wants to come along for the ride. I hope you enjoy.

Written by donnahoke


Dramatists Guild Council member and ensemble playwright-in-residence at Road Less Traveled Productions, Kilroys List and award-winning playwright Donna Hoke’s work has been seen in 46 states, and on five continents. Her full-length plays include ELEVATOR GIRL (2017 O’Neill finalist), THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR (Princess Grace semi-finalist, currently in its fourth year in rep in Romania), SAFE (winner of the Todd McNerney, Naatak, and Great Gay Play and Musical Contests), and BRILLIANT WORKS OF ART (2016 Kilroys List, Winner HRC Showcase, Firehouse Festival of New American Plays); she’s also authored more than three dozen short plays that have had hundreds of productions, and has been nominated for both the Francesca Primus and Susan Blackburn prizes. She’s also a two-time winner of the Emanuel Fried Award for Best New Play (SEEDS, SONS & LOVERS).

Donna is also a New York Times-published crossword puzzle constructor; author of Neko and the Twiggets, a children’s book; and founder/co-curator of BUA Takes 10: GLBT Short Stories. For three consecutive years, she was named Buffalo’s Best Writer by Artvoice, the only woman to ever receive the designation.

In addition, Donna is a blogger, advocate, and moderator of the 12,000+-member Official Playwrights of Facebook. Recent speaking engagements include Citywrights, Kenyon Playwrights Conference, the Dramatists Guild National Conference, Chicago Dramatists, Austin Film Festival, and a live Dramatists Guild webinar. Her commentary has been read at #2amt, howlround, the Official Playwrights of Facebook, the newly released Workshopping the New Play, and donnahoke.com.

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