I was waylaid by various events last week, including an unexpected change in jobs, a lengthy convention and a fever, so the end-of-year report is running late. But first, here are a few bits of OLD NEWS…
Though it’s far less complete than XWordInfo, this search engine for the New York Times crossword is still interesting for those who want to look up factoids about the Times puzzle on a budget.
Tired of this blog analyzing good crossword puzzles all the time? Try this dissection of a 2008 White Sox-themed puzzle with around 75% unchecked squares. What’s more, here is a puzzle dedicated to how much 2012 sucked for North Carolina.
Ego-search of the week: EPUB by e-publisher Liza Daly, who helped develop the digital-reading format. (It’s worth pointing out the puzzle was by noted digitizer David Steinberg, especially since Amy picked on the remainder of its content for being old-fashioned.) Runners-up: late-night TV star “Cousin Sal” Iacono (for his first name, not his last), Melissa Reeves of Days of Our Lives.
App of the week: Word Waffle, essentially a kind of solitaire Scrabble.
Unseen video of the week: I was hoping to find a copy of the Doritos commercial described here but ran out of time. Probably next week? (Update: This commercial did not make the finals.)
Seen video of the week:
And Tyler Hinman announced the recent release of his Winner’s Circle Crosswords.