- Check out the Google doodle today at the Google.com page. Click the blue “play” button and you’re taken into a crossword by Merl Reagle. The online solving interface is smooth.
- Kate Kilpatrick wrote an article for Al Jazeera America that’s accompanied by a crossword written by Francis Heaney. I haven’t had a chance to solve it yet but I hear great things about the puzzle. Kate talked to constructors young and old (David Steinberg and Bernice Gordon), editor-constructors of an indie bent (Matt Gaffney, Ben Tausig), and yours truly.
- Patrick Merrell made a crossword to celebrate the 100th birthday, too. Available in .puz and .pdf forms here.
- Neville Fogarty reused Arthur Wynne’s original grid; his puzzle took me 1:14 to solve, and it’s infinitely more fun than its 100-year-old predecessor.
- New addition: Centennial puzzle by David Steinberg for the Orange County Register is here in PDF form.
- New addition: Andy Kravis’s “I Volunteer as Tribute” puzzle. Sure, it looks like it’s going to be about The Hunger Games … until you see the grid.
In addition to the above puzzles, you may be interested in these articles and clips:
- Ben Tausig in The Awl, “The Shape Of Clues To Come: The Crossword At 100.”
- Radio segment from WNYC, “Word Up: Youth Fills in the Blanks as Crosswords Turn 100,” with Finn Vigeland, Zoe Wheeler, and Ben Tausig.
- Excerpt from Ben Tausig’s new book, The Curious History of the Crossword, at the Visual Thesaurus site. Ben looks at what sort of knowledge an educated solver is expected to have, and how the norms have changed over the decades.