About Me

Hi! I’m Stella Zawistowski, many-time top-ten finisher at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, winner of Lollapuzzoola 2018, and all-around lover of puzzles and trivia.

Neither crosswords nor trivia has enough women creating content. You should care because both puzzles and trivia are more vibrant and interesting when there’s diversity of content. I don’t mind having to know who Ralph KINER (a baseball player of the 1940s and ’50s) is, but you should have to know who LIZZO is, too.

Oh yeah, and crosswords in general are too easy. I realize this may be a tougher sell to most people than the idea that we need more diversity, but I know there are others out there who love a good challenge as much as I do.

I created Tough as Nails to be the kind of change I want to see in the world: More female-friendly puzzles and trivia, and more hard puzzles to crack your cranium.