For the Crossword Enthusiasts

For anyone who has access to a print edition of The New York Times, today’s crossword was constructed by my cousin Barry Boone! I believe this is his fourth puzzle for the TImes. It has an election day theme, so go have a look.

Comments

  1. #1 The Science Pundit
    November 3, 2009

    ¡mierda! I wish I had seen this post while there was still time to get to a real news-stand. It would have required a bit of walking owing to the transit strike going on, but it would have been worth it. :-(

    On a happier note, I just got your book delivered yesterday. :-)

  2. #2 Kevin (NYC)
    November 3, 2009

    I was just about to go downstairs to the lounge and snag a few papers and shoot a few racks of pool…

    so here I go!

  3. #3 snoeman
    November 3, 2009

    Unfortunately, I’ll have to wait until it’s into syndication in a few weeks, but I’ll definitely look for it.

    Out of curiosity, to what kind of goals do crossword constructors aspire? Is it enough just to get into the NYT, or is there a hierarchy of days of the week, i.e., they ultimately want to have a Saturday puzzle published?

  4. #4 Jason Rosenhouse
    November 4, 2009

    Cousin Barry informs me that while the NYT is certainly a highly-regarded venue forany crossword constructor, the Sunday NYT Magazine is an even bigger prize.

    Personally, I think GAMES magazine also routinely publishes some really first rate crosswords.

  5. #5 Kevin (NYC)
    November 5, 2009

    yes.. well.. first he will have to work himself off of the monday paper and at least into thursday before he can be considered for the sunday magazine….

  6. #6 geciktirici
    November 5, 2009

    Out of curiosity, to what kind of goals do crossword constructors aspire? Is it enough just to get into the NYT, or is there a hierarchy of geciktirici days of the week, i.e., they ultimately want to have a Saturday puzzle published? geciktirici sprey

  7. #7 heddle
    November 5, 2009

    I would respectfully suggest that you have your cousin write a guest post describing the process of generating a puzzle. (In broad strokes, without giving away any secrets.) Is it all by computer? I had a student in my modeling and simulation class try to generate crossword puzzles using a genetic algorithm–with less than impressive results.

  8. #8 The Science Pundit
    November 5, 2009

    I must have woken up in an alternate universe: I actually like heddle’s idea.

  9. #9 Osmaniye Çiçek Satışı
    November 26, 2009

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