The Week In Crosswords

I know, I know. Still behind. We’ll be catching up to current events this weekend, for sure! Let’s start the chart with Crossword Race #3, “Turtle Power…”

New York Times seeks “games job director” to handle “digital crosswords and other games.” Apply within.

Mailshop has a crossword book giveaway drawing for you, if you don’t mind retweeting

What was the alternative to this headline? “Crossword contest winner hates puzzles, is only in it for the money?” I’m just saying, maybe they could’ve shared a more surprising personal detail.

Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon’s last acrostic answer was oh so meta. What’ll they acrosticize next? They’d like your suggestions.

Here’s yet another “screw crosswords, our method is better” cognitive study with questionable methodology. The NIH seems to have paid no attention to how much experience their sample group already had with crosswords. If they’re comparing two fresh challenges, then they may indeed have proven the NIH-designed puzzles increase cognition and crosswords do not, but that seems doubtful given the body of conflicting research. And if they are comparing a fresh challenge with a familiar one, then all they’ve proven is that a fresh challenge is more stimulating, and, well, duh. Not to say you shouldn’t seek fresh challenges– in fact, a variety of puzzles is definitely a good thing. But that doesn’t seem like a thesis that needs a government-funded study to prove.

Why airline crosswords may be harder than crosswords solved on the ground.

Parnell Hall’s Puzzle Lady is back in a new mystery.

Ego-stroking solve of the week: Jack Thompson (but not that Jack Thompson) on behalf of World of Warcraft.

“Girl, you must be a crossword puzzle…”

About T Campbell

T Campbell is a crossword constructor and comics scriptwriter. Among his cruciverbal accomplishments are the Ubercross C-Spot (the largest puzzle to follow New York Times standard rules), Crossworlds, a collection of 50 science-fiction-themed puzzles, and the forthcoming On Crosswords: Callin' Out Them Squares.
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4 Responses to The Week In Crosswords

  1. john farmer says:

    A small town newspaper in Nova Scotia has a crossword contest with a $20,000 grand prize? Whoa!

    Too bad it’s over, but let us know about the next one.

  2. Ellen R. says:

    My jaw dropped when I saw the amount of the prize for that local contest. I doubt my lifetime winnings are anywhere near that. In contrast, places 4-10 at the ACPT get a puzzle book worth maybe $10.

    • Alex says:

      If you tried to list all the people who have made $20,000 in lifetime earnings from crosswords, you could probably get the majority of them.

  3. jefe says:

    I always finish the BEQ puzzles in Southwest’s magazine before the plane takes off anyway.

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