Linda Fulton Burke
Linda Fulton Burke
Columnist: Irish Crossword Puzzle

Linda, how did you become interested in crossword puzzles?

After earning a BS in education from Cleveland State University, I taught second grade in the Mentor Schools for thirty-one years and then two years at Christ the King in East Cleveland. I used to make crosswords for my students to help them study spelling and to increase their vocabulary.

How did you come to create them for iIrish?

John O’Brien, Jr. had posted on FaceBook that he was looking for someone to do a crossword for the paper. I sent him a message that I could do it if he couldn’t find anyone else (I’m still here after so many years… lol!).

It must be difficult to put a puzzle together; how long does it usually take?

I generally spend six to eight hours to research, write clues, and make the crossword. Sometimes I run a theme for several months. I like to use travel related themes, as well as current events, such as the Olympics, GAA games, festivals or famous Irish people. Anything I think others might find interesting.

*Linda also worked as secretary to the Grand Recorder of the Ohio Royal and Select Masons. She is a past president of the Irish American Club – Eastside and was selected as Member of the Year in 2009. She is married to Jim Burke and has three children and four grandchildren. Linda is a student of the Irish language and all things Irish.