Patrick began constructing puzzles after graduating from college in 1984 as a way to earn some pocket money. "I had been solving crosswords since junior high school," he says. "I thought I would give puzzle constructing a try. I built a couple of crosswords the old-fashioned way -- with graph paper for the grid and typing paper for the clues -- and sent them off to Penny Press. Much to my surprise and delight, the puzzles were accepted." Patrick enjoys making puzzles with themes that haven't been seen before or that haven't been overused. When he solves puzzles, he is particularly partial to clever puns and innovative gimmicks. Patrick grew up in Arkansas City and Winfield, Kansas, two neighboring towns about 40 miles south of Wichita. He studied journalism and communication and is the advertising manager at the Ponca City News in Ponca City, Oklahoma, where he lives. Patrick collects animation cels, and his collection includes Wile E. Coyote, Ludwig von Drake, and Huckleberry Hound. "I've been told that I do a perfect impression of Goofy laughing," he says. "Hyuk-hyuk!"
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