George Barany | Chicago Reader

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Re: “The puzzler and the puzzled

Sam, congratulations on a lively, edgy romp through the nearly century-old history of this unique slice of American culture. You mentioned Kevin McCann's invaluable cruciverb.com database, to which I would add a recommendation of Jim Horne's xwordinfo.com that focuses solely on puzzles published during the Shortz era at The New York Times. I took the liberty earlier this morning of running your Chillinois puzzle through that site's "analyze" feature: besides your four clever theme entries, there are 7 additional words that would be considered debuts in the Times. With a wink to the recent ILLIN controversy that you describe in your piece, my wife asked me: "what chu doin'?" and I replied "Chillin". GB

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Posted by George Barany on 03/30/2012 at 8:38 AM

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