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Daytime Crossword Puzzle King

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Fifty-six-year-old Tampa resident Merl Reagle, whose red-brown hair and beard make him look a bit like Rip Torn -- were Torn tapped to play, say, an amiable sociology professor -- is a crossword constructor.

His creations appear in more than 20 daily and weekly newspapers across the nation, including  that gold standard-bearer of challenging crossword puzzles, the New York Times. (He's also the official puzzle-maker for Southwest Airlines' in-flight magazine, and AARP's periodical Modern Maturity.)

One of the handful of constructors who enjoy name-recognition status among America's estimated 25 million habitual solvers, he's about to become even better-known as one of the focal figures in the new crossword-puzzle documentary "Wordplay."

He started creating crosswords at the age of six, and as the crossword puzzle celebrates it's 100th birthday, Merl creates a special pop culture and celebrity crossword puzzle just for Daytime!  Feel free to print and solve.  Good luck!

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