The show has had middling to mildly favorable reviews as an example of the “crazy genius” trope, which puts its main character in the same category as Sherlock Holmes, Gregory House and Adrian Monk. Crossword-lovers would probably be most interested in the episode “Cipher,” which deals with a hidden message in a newspaper. Official preview and purchase link is here.
Will Shortz’s Puzzle Master Workout is shipping soon, with co-author Wei-Hwa Huang’s name misspelled on the cover, or at least on the image of the cover now shown on Amazon. (Hat tip: Tyler Hinman.) Another interesting upcoming release: Pennsylvania Crosswords, a state-themed collection not by Andrew J. Ries, who’s been all about the state crosswords in his last few book releases. (Update: As has been pointed out in the comments, Pennsylvania Crosswords is not the first “state crosswords” book by this author, but his work is full of uncrossed squares and other practices Margaret Farrar would have no truck with. The competition for such a specific subset of crosswords is of interest, but this should not be read as a recommendation of the book.)
And Bruce Springsteen found a friend in an unlikely place.