Best. Crossword. Ever.

Be sure to have a look at the crossword puzzle in today’s New York Times. It’s the bestest, most awesomest crossword ever!

Actually, I haven’t seen it yet. The Times does not make their crosswords freely available online (is there no end to their treachery?). And it’s not so easy to find a print edition of the Times here in Western Virginia. The university library gets it, but some days, like today apparently, they are a little slow getting the paper down to the periodicals room.

The way I know it is such a supremely magnificent puzzle is that it was constructed by my cousin Barry. So go check it out! And when you’re done with that go pick up a copy of his science fiction novel, which was inexplicably passed over for a Nebula Award back in 1987.


  1. #1 J-Dog
    June 2, 2008

    Thanks for the tip – I will try to track it down, and I usually have a book of NY Times crosswords in my car at all times.

  2. #2 JimCH
    June 2, 2008

    Is this the same Barry Boone of C++ & Java programming fame?

  3. #3 Kevin
    June 2, 2008

    It was a Monday puzzle. I finished it in about 18 minutes.

    it was okay.

  4. #4 Susan B.
    June 2, 2008

    Care to give us a summary of the novel, since Amazon does not provide it?

  5. #5 Jason Rosenhouse
    June 3, 2008

    JimCH –

    It is indeed.

  6. #6 Blake Stacey
    June 3, 2008

    Hey, Jason, this is completely irrelevant to every topic currently being discussed here, but you might enjoy Noam Elkies’s “Combinatorial game theory in chess endgames“. Surreal numbers . . . in chess!

    OK, that’s all.

  7. #7 Jason Rosenhouse
    June 3, 2008

    Blake –

    Thanks for the heads-up. As it happens, I’ve seen the article. Two of my favorite subjects: chess and math!

  8. #8 ADF News
    August 22, 2008

    Thanks for the heads-up. I’m still coming to terms with American crosswords.

  9. #9 Lee
    September 5, 2008

    Thanks for the tip, really great.

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