He posted a story of surviving online abuse which was promptly picked up by such outlets as The Guardian and The Huffington Post, as well as this crossword news roundup. But no one can seem to point to any of his actual crosswords, article bylines, or academic papers from his time at Oxford. His blog currently contains only three posts. Others find the specific account of Internet abuse highly dubious in its particulars.
There are many more claims and counterclaims being thrown around about Traynor, and I don’t have the resources to conduct a full inquiry, but I’ll post about any properly verified updates in future installments.
New in digital New York Times crosswords: Mozilla’s Persona, which promises to be “a single sign-in solution for the entire Internet” (wait, isn’t that Facebook?) has partnered with the Times interface to make crossword-solving easier across multiple digital devices, while Amazon’s Kindle is offering a half-off deal on easy NYT crosswords through October 4th.
Do you do the Times crossword with Google? You may have all it takes to be a Best Buy employee.
Finally, Brendan Emmett Quigley makes USA Today‘s pop-culture roundup.