See, when I lived in San Francisco, despite detesting living in San Francisco, I admitted it was a crossword puzzler's paradise.
Going back to when yon Internets was still newfangled, and newspapers were where you turned to for crosswords (which, in my case, they still are (I'm a traditionalist)), you'd buy the San Francisco Chronicle
which printed the Los Angeles Times daily crossword on its comics page Monday through Saturday, and the Chicago Tribune
daily crossword Monday through Friday in some other section where they called it "The Commuter." You could get the Saturday Tribune
puzzle in the Saturday San Jose Mercury News. Also on Saturdays the Chronicle
would print a Sunday-sized New York Times
puzzle (it'd be one New Yorkers already got about two weeks earlier, but no worries since it's just a puzzle and not the headlines), and, being in California, you were in the circulation area for the Los Angeles Times
and could therefore pick up their Sunday edition and enjoy another 21x21; this was in addition to the Sunday Chronicle, which published Frank Longo's weirdly unchallenging "Premier" Crossword (I set the countdown timer on my microwave and always got it knocked out in 16 minutes or less) and the more rewarding Merl Reagle puzzle.
On top of all of this was the nationally-available "Friday Journal" section in The Wall Street Journal
which featured an utterly celestial-quality 21x21 puzzle.
In bookstores, when those existed, you could find anthologies of Sunday puzzles bearing the mastheads of The Boston Globe
, The Washington Post
, and Chicago Tribune
. I'm not sure if the Globe or the Post also originate their own daily puzzles, but it's frustrating to me that I've not been in Chicago or Washington on a Sunday and been able to add another crossword originator to my list of conquests!!
I have tried to construct crossword puzzles myself but have found it a whole lot more challenging than I expected it would be. I expect, therefore, that I'll never accomplish a feat like Jeremiah Farrell's 1996 "Election Day" puzzle, which - necessarily - had two possible solutions, each completely different, but that worked with the exact same set of clues
Another piece of impossible puzzle-constructing mastery was accomplished by Mr. Jeff Chen, to whom Shane Ryan wrote [urlhttps://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2016/01/this-sundays-nytimes-crossword-puzzle-had-one-of-t.html]this paean[/url]. I was midly disappointed that I didn't get to happen upon that particular puzzle and delight in its devilishly inventive solution, but the fact is I never would've been cool enough to solve it successfully anyway.
Any fellow cruciverbalists out there? Does your hometown paper originate its own puzzles or do you just have the nationally syndicated ones? USA Today has a decent daily crossword but I don't think they do a 21x21, not even for their weekend edition.
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(See, I like crosswords.)
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