In other news, celebrity shitheadedness happens. Reader George Heard brought this article to my attention. For those who can't be bothered to click on the link, I'll summarize: a clue in a British crossword asked for the current beau of a minor celebrity, that celebrity sued the crossword editor for libel, and the newspaper is running the solution with that entry blanked out. I can only hope that this doesn't become a trend.
Way back when, back before this site launched, I made a puzzle for a client (name withheld to protect the not-so-innocent, thank you very much. We need secrets!). And that client's lawyers kindly asked me to remove all references to currently living celebrities as well as works of art that wasn't in the public domain. Thanks to them, they managed to litigate all the fun out of the puzzle. Not so good times.
Message to all y'all bone-headed celebrities and/or bloodthirsty lawyers: there are people whose goal in life is to be a clue in the New York Times crossword, or any other crossword puzzle for that matter. Ask Peter King. (No, wait, don't. I didn't realize mentioning his name in a puzzle would open up all the a whole slew of negativity. Don't want to unleash that furor again. Bad example.) Take it as a compliment. Oscar Wilde summed it up best: "The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about."
Anyway, for one last time: If you liked the puzzles this month, and/or you were thinking about tipping your constructor, please give it the Red Cross instead. You have always been generous to me in these mini-drives, please be as generous to those in Haiti.
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