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Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Arthur Wynne's creation of the crossword puzzle, Google's homepage hosts a (not terribly difficult) example of the form today.
posted by JHarris on Dec 21, 2013 - 26 comments

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The Greatest Crossword Puzzle In The History Of The World is now playable: Adobe Crossword
posted by the man of twists and turns on Nov 21, 2013 - 37 comments

Don't tell Wil Short about this technology.

Regular Expression Crosswords Do you like regular expressions? Do you like crosswords puzzles? Then you're going to (hate|love) this.
posted by boo_radley on Jul 12, 2013 - 53 comments

18 down of the 19, which is being treated with 13 15

The Rev John Graham (better known as Araucaria) is the most loved, feared and respected of British crossword compilers. Aged 91, and still at the top of his game, his achievements include the 26-letter anagram that some fans have described as 'the best crossword clue ever'. So it was only natural that he should use a set of cryptic clues in one of his own puzzles to break the news that he is dying of cancer.
posted by verstegan on Jan 12, 2013 - 29 comments

11 Across: RIP OFF

The crossword puzzle economy
posted by Chrysostom on Dec 11, 2012 - 26 comments

Netcom competitor

The history of AOL as told through New York Times crossword clues.
posted by Chrysostom on Dec 10, 2012 - 37 comments

The Marquis de Sade of the puzzle world

[Henry] Hook has come to be known as the Marquis de Sade of the puzzle world: a brilliant and oddly beloved misanthrope, administering exquisite torture through dozens of puzzle books and syndicated crosswords.
posted by Egg Shen on Nov 26, 2012 - 6 comments

The top 10 crosswords in fiction

The Guardian's crossword blog recently completed a list of the top 10 crosswords in fiction [more inside]
posted by KirkpatrickMac on Oct 15, 2012 - 16 comments

GEGS (9, 4)

Derek Crozier was an idiosyncratic crossword setter who, under the pseudonym Crosaire, ran the Irish Times cryptic crossword singlehandedly for almost 70 years. He died in April 2010 at the age of 92, having compiled over 14000 daily crosswords. The last puzzle completed before his death, number 14605, runs in today's Irish Times. [more inside]
posted by rollick on Oct 21, 2011 - 6 comments

Ol' Clue Eyes

Frank Sinatra on the New York Times crossword. The Guardian provides some cross-Atlantic context.
posted by KirkpatrickMac on Sep 29, 2011 - 28 comments

Back to Stars Hollow, LORELAI

How Will Shortz Edits a New York Times Crossword Puzzle
posted by SpiffyRob on Sep 14, 2011 - 63 comments

The other side of the curtain

The Magician and the Crossword Puzzle [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Dec 9, 2010 - 13 comments

Resting, missed the final note, but you hear the part. (4, 2, 5)

Frank W. Lewis, longtime cryptic crossword setter for The Nation, passed away on Nov. 18 at the age of 98. Although best known for his puzzles, of which he set nearly 3000 over sixty years, Lewis also had a distinguished career with the War Department. His work on the team deciphering Japanese shipping codes during World War II led to awards for Exceptional Civilian Service, Outstanding Civilian Service, and Bletchley Park Service. [more inside]
posted by ecurtz on Dec 5, 2010 - 16 comments

2 Across: Send in the ______. (6 Letters)

Stephen Sondheim's crossword puzzles for "New York Magazine." Incredibly rare.
posted by grumblebee on Oct 29, 2009 - 35 comments

Why yes, I do have a clue

EclipseCrossword is a powerful windows tool for automatically creating crossword puzzles. You can create multiple puzzles from the same word list; print the puzzles in assorted formats; or export interactive puzzles for web pages. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Dec 8, 2008 - 9 comments

Everything you ever wanted to know about the NY Times crossword puzzle

XWord Info soberly describes itself as containing "data about NYT puzzles dating back to November, 1993, covering the entire time that Will Shortz has been Puzzle Editor," understating the cornucopia of geeky goodness within. See any crossword over that time. Look up every appearance of a word with every clue ever used for it. See the most frequently used 500 words, and the most popular by length. [more inside]
posted by Zed_Lopez on Dec 7, 2008 - 42 comments

NY Times Crossword Drawings

NYTimes Crossword Drawings. Emily Jo Cureton creates an illustration for every Times crossword, using a handful of clues to create odd little scenes. [via]
posted by mediareport on May 6, 2008 - 24 comments

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The Ephemera Society was glancingly mentioned prior, but deserves a better mention. It includes:
An exhibit, an article, and links to Michael Ragsdale's 9/11 ephemera.
A history of Coca-cola print ephemera.
An article by Will Shortz on the ephemeral history of the crossword.
Articles from the Louisiana Library Association's journal issue on ephemera, including Principles for Organizing an Ephemera Collection and an Overview of Political Ephemera.
posted by klangklangston on Jan 5, 2008 - 11 comments

1 Across: Matthowie's community blog

Since Wordplay has come out, crossword puzzles have been on the rise. If you want to join in on the fun, read this primer by Will Shortz to get started, then download Across Lite, head to Cruciverb, and do free puzzles in the right-hand sidebar. Will Johnston's page contains a huge repository of Across Lite puzzles. If you get stuck, can't figure out why an entry is correct, or just want to chat about a grid's brilliant construction, try reading the crossword blogs. The best two are Diary of a Crossword Fiend and Rex Parker Does the New York Times Crossword Puzzle. (Caution! Spoilers abound!) And, if you want to try your hand at constructing some crosswords of your own (submission guidelines for various papers here), Crossword Compiler is an outstanding piece of software. [Via this AskMetafilter question]
posted by painquale on Jan 22, 2007 - 26 comments

5D: Snark (var.)

Tyler Hinman: Legend, Zoalesquianist, Champion. The American Crossword Puzzle Tournament has a new kid in the grid.
posted by DeepFriedTwinkies on Mar 14, 2005 - 4 comments

39 Across

A New York Times crossword puzzle printed on November 5, 1996, election day, was designed to predict the winner of the election, no matter who won. That takes some skill to design.
posted by BradNelson on Dec 16, 2004 - 20 comments

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