Meet one of the creators of the New York Times crossword puzzle


#1

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#2

Ort! Psst! “Middle Eastern ruler (var.)”!


#3

That was really cool. A truly wonderful thing!


#4

Hey, that looks really easy! I think I’ll submit some to the NYT too!


#5

He uses editing tricks.
Constructing one is easy but I imagine constructing a good one is not.


#6

(I was kidding, it looks super difficult and it would take me 27 years.)


#7

Puzzle solution if anyone’s still head-scratching (spoiler tag failed the first time, hope nobody saw):

scissors
piano
apple
dice
elephant


#8

Yeah, nevermind… I only caught one out of the FOUR things he hid. :smirk:


#9

“Mos Def is a great one.”

Yes he is, sir. Yes he is.

“Tony”

Hold me closer, ____ Danza.


#10
(Second clue spoiler!)

The pin on his shirt changes in each ‘scene’ to have the letters DIAMOND when they’re all rearranged. Fun!


#11

A (London) Times Crossword takes me days to give up uncompleted.

eg
Abroad, I will surmount a terrible resentment (8)

Answer

JEALOUSY -JE [“I” in french (abroad) ] “will surmount” (In front of) “a terrible” /A LOUSY


#12

Those are cryptic crosswords… which are a different thing and give me headaches. MrsTobinL loves them though.


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