Interesting article in the Atlantic about the future of crosswords showed up last week. Does the puzzle have a future with newspapers going under? From what I can gather about the article, it's just another one of the solipsistic pieces people in the business churn out regularly about print media dying. Big whoop. I don't really think it was well researched especially considering that not only were crosswords one of the early adopters of paywalls, but also more people than ever before are doing crosswords today because of the ease in which you can get them on the web. Two colossal points the writer just ignored to make, ... what point exactly? Besides, the Atlantic shouldn't get all haughty about print media killing off crosswords when they in fact are covered in Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon's blood. (The Atlantic stopped running their puzzle twice: first in print, then on the web.)
Anyway, it's worth a look see. Two of my friends were quoted in there extensively, the inimitable Michael "Rex Parker" Sharp, and the Guardian's Alan Connor. Speaking of Alan, he just wrote a book about crosswords, "The Crossword Century," and it includes a cryptic puzzle by yours truly in the back. How about that?
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