Last week, the only event that attracted my notice was Will Shortz’s unusual announcement to the New York Times submitters of yesterday, today and tomorrow. But this week, a few more items crossed the desk…
Vic Fleming tallied up a list of especially clever crossword clues, while Jim Horne calculated the most common crossword clues of Will Shortz’s New York Times era.
“The Crickler,” a little bit crossword, a little bit anacrostic, and a little bit its own animal, has knocked the New York Times off the top of Apple’s “most downloaded puzzle app” list. Michael Crick, the 71-year-old inventor, has a resume that includes Microsoft’s spell checker, The Sims and John Madden Football. Cricklers for multiple devices, including desktops, can be found here.
(I’m doing this in a bit of a rush tonight, so if any errors or omissions have crept in, please have patience, and I’ll correct them soon after being told.)