Merl Reagle

crossword constructor

Merl Reagle (January 5, 1950 – August 22, 2015) was an American crossword constructor. He was best known for his family-friendly themes.

Merl Reagle
Merl Reagle, crossword constructor.jpg
Born(1950-01-05)January 5, 1950
DiedAugust 22, 2015(2015-08-22) (aged 65)
OccupationCrossword constructor
Spouse(s)Marie Haley
Parent(s)Sam and Evelyn Reagle[1]

For 30 years, he constructed a puzzle every Sunday for the San Francisco Chronicle (originally the San Francisco Examiner), which he syndicated to more than 50 Sunday newspapers,[2] including the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Seattle Times, The Plain Dealer, the Hartford Courant, the New York Observer, and the Arizona Daily Star.

Reagle died August 22, 2015, after being hospitalized two days earlier for acute pancreatitis in Tampa, Florida, aged 65.[3]


  1. Reagle, Merl (February 1997). "How I Drive You Crazy: Confessions of a Crossword Constructor". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  2. Castillo, Piper (1 January 2012). "What's Merl Reagle reading?". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  3. Colette Bancroft (August 22, 2015). "Crossword creator Merl Reagle dies in Tampa at age 65". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved August 22, 2015.

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