from petri dish to newspaper: editing the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

 

Petri dishes ready to test crosswords for traces of OREO, POI and TARO

What happens when a crossword puzzle rolls into a Body of Proof lab during football season? It’s the New York Times Crossword Puzzle Post-Game Show and Post Mortem analysis.

Will Shortz, longtime editor of The New York Times Crossword (and my boss), breaks it down for you in the lastest issue of The Atlantic. It’s an insider’s play-by-play of how he edits  The New York Times Crossword.

Will chose to analyze one of my recent puzzles which ran on Wednesday, August 10, 2011. I never expected to see this modest 15x in the pages of The Atlantic.  I’m so proud of the little one!

If you’re interested in the fine points and reasoning behind the editing process, you’ll love this piece.

SPOILER ADVISORY: Solvers in the syndicated sphere should hold off on reading Will’s article until they solve the 8/10/11 puzzle.

The Atlantic article, titled “How Will Shortz Edits A New York Times Crossword Puzzle” is HERE. Enjoy!

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2 Responses to from petri dish to newspaper: editing the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

  1. Craig says:

    Nice article, and nice puzzle!

    The link is broken, though; it’s missing the “:” after the http. Or just click How Will Shortz Edits A New York Times Crossword Puzzle.

    • elizabeth says:

      Craig, thanks so much for letting me know — somehow I erased the link URL in that final edit. I’ve fixed the link. Much appreciated!

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