Stephen Sondheim is a lot of things; his biography isn't really worth repeating as we all know what he did. Well, one popular bit of Sondheim trivia was that he was a crossword constructor. Setter is probably the better word as he wrote cryptics for New York Magazine in the late '60s. Here's the motherlode if you're interested in doing them yourself. I approached them this week as more of a curiosity, rather than expecing to be blown away by them. And to be sure, variety cryptics, and regular crosswords for that matter, have evolved demonstratively since then. However, I have to say, the ones I've done so far are, mostly, clean-filled with amusing themes. And get this, it's entirely possible that Sondheim was an indie crossworder as early as 1968. Sure as shooting, here's one clue: "Purge from the East--so be it, from the East (5)." And yeah, the answer iss this word. Amazing. Check out the puzzles if cryptics are your sorta thing.
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