Who's Who at Westwords? It's a Puzzle!


Want to learn who our puzzle makers are the fun way? Solve the puzzle below! (Note: best viewed/solved on desktop.)

Once you've solved the puzzle (or if you'd rather skip it) (or if you already solved it on the Boswords site), click here to see our exciting lineup!

Tournament Directors and Editors

The Westwords directors are Rebecca Goldstein, Kate Chin Park, Stan Park, and John Lieb. Puzzles will be edited by Rebecca and Kate, who wrote each other’s bios below so as not to be inhibited by modesty!

Rebecca Goldstein (she/her) is a brilliant and prolific constructor, primarily of themed puzzles. Along with her bylines in the New York Times, the New Yorker, and elsewhere, she constructed the innovative, multi-part Sunday-sized puzzle for Lollapuzzoola 16, and was named Constructor of the Year in the most recent ORCA Awards. Rebecca moved to the Bay Area in 2016, where she enjoys delightful weather year round and time zone privilege.

Kate Chin Park (she/her) is a crossword editor at the New Yorker and a versatile constructor of various puzzle types ranging from acrostics to minis to hard themelesses. Her puzzles have appeared in crossword publications, newspapers, and tournaments, including a Boswords championship puzzle. Kate grew up in Spokane, went to college in San Diego, and after twelve years elsewhere, returned to the west coast in 2016. She lives in Oakland.

Stan Park (he/him) is a crossword enthusiast and speed-solver. He recently finished 15th at the 2024 American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, earning him a spot in the B finals. Outside of crosswords, he is a Program Manager, a Tottenham Hotspur fanatic, and a fervent home chef. Stan was raised in the Bay Area and currently resides in Oakland with his wife Kate (EVER HEARD OF HER?) and cat.

John Lieb (he/him) is a director of Boswords, a series of online and in-person crossword events that began in the summer of 2017. A Philadelphia native and longtime Boston resident, John is looking forward to a summer adventure out west for Westwords. When not Boswording, John is a Math teacher and coach of football and baseball at The Roxbury Latin School in Boston where he enjoys dressing up for Pi Day.