Over the course of his career as a constructor of crosswords, the Ponca City native has seen his work appear in such publications as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Newsday. But he didn’t always know it was something out of which he could make a career.

“I first discovered my liking for it somewhere around junior high when I picked up a crossword magazine in a supermarket,” he said. “It became a hobby.”

After graduating college in 1984, he decided to try his hand at constructing puzzles of his own. On a whim, he sent the results to publishers, and much to his surprise, they bought his work.

“Crafty Crosswords” collects 72 puzzles Jordan has created for CrosSynergy Syndicate. Having made an estimated 1,200 puzzles in his career, he said each one is more difficult to construct than the last, but that doesn’t deter him from his passion for words.

“I’m always fascinated by the diversity of the English language,” Jordan said.

“We can weave words together in two directions in an endless number of ways.”

In conjunction with the signing is a crossword contest, with gift certificates awarded to the winners. For more information, call 842-2900 or visit —Courtney Silva

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