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Moving [Apr. 11th, 2008|02:06 pm]
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Hi everyone,

I've decided to start up this blog again, but at a new site with a new name, so I'll soon be deleting this account. An opening post is up at xwordcritique.blogspot.com, but regular content will not begin until May. Hope to see y'all there. :)

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Walden, NYT, Sat Apr 21st [Apr. 27th, 2007|01:48 am]
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Finally got around to doing last Saturday's NYT puzzle, the one that took everyone twice as long as the typical Saturday. I don't really know how long it took, since I was on an airplane and fell asleep during takeoff, but I do want to note:

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For shame, Byron; for shame, Will.
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Thursday's NYTimes puzzle [Apr. 15th, 2007|10:54 pm]
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I'm all for informed consumers. This post is to inform consumers that a certain recent grid which contains such wonderful entries as TWI, ALETA, REZA, FMS, FLENSE and NEOSHO that a grid for the same theme, without all that awkwardness and obscurity is possible. What's more, it didn't take me an inordinate amount of time to assemble this grid. Which begs the question, of course: do puzzle consumers really want entries like this in their puzzles, or do they just put up with them?


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NY Sun Friday 1/12/07 (by BEQ) [Jan. 16th, 2007|12:30 pm]
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Am I the only one who thinks this is too obscure?

I solved it correctly (in 23:45!) by good guessing and general knowledge of crosswords, but had no idea what was intended by words #1-20 (ie, 20 of the clues in the 15x15 were simply #1, #2, etc, and scattered throughout the grid). I even wrote them all out in order by number, and have no idea. The title, "You Can Say That Again!" didn't help.

Finally, I put words 1-10 into Yahoo! search, and the first hit was a BBC News article that explained it. A news article from last June. Maybe you have to read the Sun every day to understand it... was this topic discussed at length in the Sun?
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Thursday solving anecdote [Nov. 2nd, 2006|03:31 pm]
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NYT 11/2/06Collapse )
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Another blog [Oct. 19th, 2006|03:59 pm]
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Here's a blogger who doesn't hesitate to gripe about the day's puzzle:


(Beware copious spoiler's for the day's NYT, not behind any kind of cut.)
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Cruciverb [Oct. 5th, 2006|01:41 pm]
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Anyone know what's up with Cruciverb? I haven't been able to log in for a few days.
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NY Sun crossword, 8/18 [Sep. 30th, 2006|05:34 pm]
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As an antidote, I've been doing some old New York Sun crosswords I'd missed, and wow, it's nice to have good crosswords. But a gripe about the 8/18 puzzle:

Just in case it'd spoil for someoneCollapse )

(On the other hand, "He might have described himself as a coated knowledge professor" is brilliant.)
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The once and only clue [Sep. 14th, 2006|04:05 pm]
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In case this is a spoiler for a recent puzzle...Collapse )
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(no subject) [Sep. 11th, 2006|04:24 pm]
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Hello, I have a simple question if anyone remembers this puzzle.
There was a puzzle (I don't know when it appeared in the NYT; I do the puzzle in a local newspaper) to which I only saw the answers, and one of the answers could be either "BLACK" or "WHITE" (depending on how you filled in the down answers), and I was curious as to how this was clued.
I appreciate it!
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