The Autostraddle Crossword #1: 100% That Stitch

Editor’s Note:
We promised you puzzles and games when you got the fundraiser to $100k, and you made it happen in under 48 hours! Please believe me when I say: WOW.

We’ve been slowly putting together a concept for a games/puzzles vertical over the past several months — working with two very experienced, wildly generous, skilled and hilarious crossword puzzle constructors: Rachel Fabi and Brooke Husic (who you’ll be hearing from a lot over the coming weeks!) — and we’ve finally come up with a beta version of how this could all go (subject changes and updates per reader and creator feedback!). Everyone will be getting a light mix of crossword puzzles and other games Monday-Friday, A+ members will receive a bonus Saturday puzzle, and then of course your beloved Sunday Quiz isn’t going anywhere.

Today’s puzzle was constructed by created by Rachel Fabi and Finn Vigeland, and is XL by our standards! We won’t be able to publish puzzles of this size on a regular basis, so you can expect a variety of smaller crosswords in the future, but we really wanted to kick things off with what will always be the very first Autostraddle-themed crossword puzzle ever published. 🥲

I’ll let Rachel tell you more!


I have been reading Autostraddle ever since I was a baby queer, so I am beyond delighted to be joining you as a crossword constructor, and I’m excited to be part of the team bringing you all the queer crossword content that the world so desperately needs. This puzzle (one of the first I ever made!) was originally published in a puzzle pack called Queer Qrosswords 2, which is one of the few crossword venues that centers queerness. It was inspired by this 2016 Autostraddle article that you may want to check out if you get stuck! If you enjoy the puzzle, you can find me (and my co-constructor Finn Vigeland) on Twitter to let us know.

Before you go! It costs money to make indie queer media, and frankly, we need more members to survive 2023As thanks for LITERALLY keeping us alive, A+ members get access to bonus content, extra Saturday puzzles, and more! Will you join? Cancel anytime.

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Rachel Fabi

Rachel is a queer crossword constructor, writer, and bioethicist.

Rachel has written 10 articles for us.


Laneia is the Director of Operations and founding member of Autostraddle, and you're the reason she's here.

Laneia has written 922 articles for us.


  1. I know nothing about old hollywood, so this was impossible for me. I resisted reading the article as long as I could, but once I did I was able to place a lot of answers.

    Recommendation: try not reading the article and see how you do! It is kind of a spoiler :)

    So excited for more AS crosswords!

  2. LOVE THIS. I admit to being skeptical about the crosswords goal because Queer Qrosswords 1 and 2 were the greatest things and set a new high-water mark for my puzzling… but this is a fantastic collaboration! Looking forward to seeing where things go from here.

  3. I’m a big Authostraddle fan and a big crossword fan (and a constructor myself), and I’m incredibly excited for this. Rachel and Brooke are two of the best out there, and I can’t wait to see what they make for this!

  4. This was fun! This feature may turn me into a crossword puzzle worker after all.

    I got 909 points and it took me almost 3 hours to solve. No idea what that means but I’m assuming it means that I am awesome at queer puzzling.

  5. Hi! I love this puzzle.

    I also constructed an Autostraddle-themed crossword puzzle that was published in the same issue of Queer Qrosswords that Rachel’s was in. It’s called All About Autostraddle. So hers isn’t “the very first Autostraddle-themed crossword puzzle ever published” since ours came out at the same time. If you want to feature mine too, please let me know :)

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