2 Across: Send in the ______. (6 Letters)
October 29, 2009 12:16 PM   Subscribe

Stephen Sondheim's crossword puzzles for "New York Magazine." Incredibly rare.
posted by grumblebee (35 comments total) 52 users marked this as a favorite

 
This is awesome. Love Sondheim so very much.
posted by Mali at 12:17 PM on October 29, 2009


Wow! Download. Print. Post up at the pub with a fresh pack of cigs. Friday night! Much love to you, grumblebee.
posted by barrett caulk at 12:20 PM on October 29, 2009 [1 favorite]


awesome awesome awesome awesome.

Sondheim is a game freak. The walls of his house are covered in games he's made. Traditionally he gives custom-made games as birthday gifts. He and Bernstein used to make all-Manhattan scavenger hunts for their friends.

He also made a game into a great mystery movie, The Last of Sheila.

Totally rad. Thanks.
posted by Lutoslawski at 12:22 PM on October 29, 2009


As always, mental repunctuation is the key.
posted by mrgrimm at 12:29 PM on October 29, 2009


clones
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 12:39 PM on October 29, 2009


Only the first eight?
posted by RogerB at 12:42 PM on October 29, 2009


I am not nearly clever enough to finish one of these puzzles. But damn it, I am going to try!
posted by munchingzombie at 12:52 PM on October 29, 2009


What else would you do on a Saturday night, alone?
posted by kwaller at 12:53 PM on October 29, 2009 [3 favorites]


See also the crosswords that a teenage Stephen Fry composed for The Failiure Press, a Baron Corvo zine.
posted by Iridic at 12:54 PM on October 29, 2009 [3 favorites]


My family is obsessed with Frank W. Lewis' cryptic crosswords from The Nation. A collection is again available after a criminally long period of having to search used bookstores for partially completed copies of the older ones.

P.S. How the Hell can there not be a wikipedia page for Frank W. Lewis? He probably deserves a fpp of his own, having worked as a code breaker during WWII and done 60 years worth of the best crossword puzzles in the world.
posted by ecurtz at 12:54 PM on October 29, 2009


GAH! All my favorite people do crosswords too! I'm not worthy of the Sondheim ones though, but how freaking gnarly is this????

My favorite thing is sitting in the deli, waiting for my LOE and doing the crossword with the husbunny. So. Much. Fun.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 12:58 PM on October 29, 2009


What else would you do on a Saturday night, alone?

Or while spending Sunday in the park, sitting by the water?
posted by Lutoslawski at 12:59 PM on October 29, 2009


Angelfire lives!

*claps with glee*

also, awesome post content, thank you grumblebee
posted by sidereal at 1:16 PM on October 29, 2009


2 Across: Send in the RIGHTY. (6 Letters)
posted by not_on_display at 1:22 PM on October 29, 2009


What else would you do on a Saturday night, alone?

Hide from the zombie coyotes?
posted by rokusan at 1:22 PM on October 29, 2009


2 Across: Send in the TROLLS. (6 Letters)
posted by rokusan at 1:23 PM on October 29, 2009


My mind is blown. These are amazing. And fiendish.
posted by Hactar at 1:27 PM on October 29, 2009


Hide from the zombie coyotes?

Being alive?
posted by alasdair at 1:38 PM on October 29, 2009


What else would you do on a Saturday night, alone?

When it is a Saturday night and you are single
You sit with this devilshly tricky crossword and fight the urge to TEAR YOUR HAIR OUT?





That doesn't fit the meter, does it?
posted by coppermoss at 1:42 PM on October 29, 2009


I remember doing his puzzle in New York Mag. I seem to remember one which was a contest where the secret was that the puzzle the week before the contest started, before you knew there would even be a contest, gave you the information you needed.
posted by Obscure Reference at 1:50 PM on October 29, 2009


Forgetting not Richard Maltby and Mary Ann Madden.

You can, if you look, still come across the compendia of competitions in used book shops.

(May I add here an small cranky about the New Yorker cartoon competition, whereby we see only the three finalists? One of the glories of the New York Magazine competition was that you could see scores of entries - you got to know the names. Much like Mefi, come to think of it. Until proven otherwise, I have to think that a lot of the winners of the New Yorker competition are not as funny as those that didn't make the editors' cut. (In fact, I know so, as I know people who submit.))
posted by IndigoJones at 2:04 PM on October 29, 2009


Until proven otherwise, I have to think that a lot of the winners of the New Yorker competition are not as funny as those that didn't make the editors' cut.

You are laboring under the misapprehension that New Yorker cartoons are meant to be funny!

I keed! I keed!
posted by hippybear at 2:06 PM on October 29, 2009


Incredibly rare.

Seems readily available to me. Only took one click.

Just kidding, great find.
posted by HumanComplex at 2:15 PM on October 29, 2009


I'm done with the first one (it's my day off) if anyone wants some hints. Or if anyone can explain the answers for 8 down or 34 across to me.
posted by ecurtz at 3:58 PM on October 29, 2009


You are laboring under the misapprehension that New Yorker cartoons are meant to be funny!

Many a truth spoken in jest, alas.

But even as a marketing ploy, showing the world what the a larger pool amateurs come up is a whole lot more fun than just grudging us three New Yorkeresque results. Some of them are really quite pathetic. (Then again, so too at times were the winners of Ms Madden's wonderful schticks.)
posted by IndigoJones at 4:06 PM on October 29, 2009


OK, I dled them, but I think I may do these in pencil.
posted by Cranberry at 4:41 PM on October 29, 2009


For anyone else thinking of trying these, be warned that the second one is brutally hard. (And I disagree about what qualifies as a "common" foreign word.)
posted by ecurtz at 6:18 PM on October 29, 2009


Google Books has many of his puzzles (some issues are missing).
posted by gubo at 7:16 PM on October 29, 2009


I'm done with the first one (it's my day off) if anyone wants some hints. Or if anyone can explain the answers for 8 down or 34 across to me.

Damn. Slow, but sincere, clap.

very impressive
posted by Lutoslawski at 7:17 PM on October 29, 2009


Metafilter: ignore punctuation, which is designed to confuse.

Brilliant find...tks
posted by salishsea at 9:41 PM on October 29, 2009


Brilliant, thank you.
posted by tawny at 4:34 AM on October 30, 2009


Nice find!
posted by caddis at 7:28 AM on October 30, 2009


...Thank; "You"?!

Ignore punctuation, which is designed to confuse.
posted by painquale at 10:21 PM on October 30, 2009


I object to the title of this post. A correctly constructed crossword never has a clue labeled "2 Across".
posted by madcaptenor at 10:01 AM on October 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


Nice! I finished the first one, except for two answers... and even learned a new word (don't look if you're a purist solver! /obv.)... which, had I known it, would have yielded those last two lights.

#2 is exhausting just to look at... think I'll skip ahead to 3.
posted by taz at 2:50 AM on November 1, 2009


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