August 22, 2006

An Occasional Feature

Today's New York Times crossword puzzle is a tricky one, but it's not difficult, once the solver gets over his annoyance with editor Will Shortz and the unnamed and unaccredited (And why is that, always?) author.

Hint: Going against all convention, six times in the puzzle six different words appear in the answers two times each, one time across and one time down, each cross-ing the other. Get it?

Frankly, I thought I thought it was a little contrived, even for Shortz.

And for those working on the Philadelphia Inquirer puzzle: Hint: 8 Down: Daughter of Ops. Answer: C-E-R-E-S.

(Note: That's Ceres the goddess, not Ceres the potential planet.)


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