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Analysis of representation in crossword puzzles

For The Pudding, Michelle McGhee analyzed representation in crossword puzzles. Some crossword publications do better than others. As of December 2019, The USA Today puzzle is edited by Erik Agard, a 27-year old crossword champ who told me, “bringing some balance on the representation front is something I actively try to do.” A prominent crossword blogger called USA Today’s puzzle “the most interesting, innovative, and provocative daily crossword” out right...

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Speedy crossword solvers

Oliver Roeder for FiveThirtyEight covered this year's American Crossword Puzzle Tournament and the battle between Tyler Hinman and Dan Feyer. Feyer, who has won the tournament every year since 2010, logs his puzzle solve times for the crosswords he solves nearly every day. The above shows his times for New York Times puzzles since 2011, with the easier Monday puzzles on the left and the more difficult Sunday puzzles skewed...

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