Wilk made Puzzle #1 for the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament that was featured in the movie Wordplay. His crosswords have appeared weekly in the Reader since the 1990s; he wrote some of his reflections on his work in a July 5, 2001 story, "I Became a Nut Job."
Shortz altered a number of my clues, making them harder to fit the Wednesday level of difficulty. I was dazzled by the changes. My clue for INLAWS went from “Family members by marriage” to Shortzs “Strained relations?”