Month: April 2020

crosswords for these troubling times

“Rise and Shine”

[.puz][PDF][Solution] 🛌☕️🌤 This is another easy puzzle, and it’s a bit saccharine. But S.N.L. got me weepy with some unexpected earnestness (Brad Pitt) for the first time since 2016 (Kate McKinnon), so I think I need this. The news from New York–where my parents live–continues to weigh on me. And social isolation has made it…
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“Get ‘Em While They’re Hot”

[.puz][PDF][solution] 🥖🧁🥯 👩🏼‍🍳 Exactly one year ago today, a couple good friends opened a needlessly delicious establishment called Vinal just blocks from where Jessie and I live in Cambridge, MA. Like, just gratuitously tasty. And like many places, they closed their doors when quarantine started. But now… they are risen. And giving a damn good…
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Rafkin Themeless

[.puz][PDF][Solution] edited by Ross Trudeau For the remainder of 2020, I’m not going to submit any solo puzzles to the New York Times. Any grids they receive from me will be collaborative efforts with folks from groups that have been historically underrepresented in that puzzle. Getting published in the most popular puzzle in the world…
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“Take It from the Top”

[.puz][PDF][solution] ✂ ✁ ✃ There’s an open letter to the Executive Director of Puzzles at the New York Times going around. It was authored by three assistants and test solvers formerly employed by Will Shortz, and it calls for adding diversity to the Times editorial and test-solving teams, as well as for constructor access to…
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