The most entertaining find this week is Crossword, the charming 7-minute silent film below that uses its simple conceit with a very dry wit.
Hugh Stephenson reviews his 16 years editing Guardian crosswords, mulling the incremental changes the feature has seen, soliciting feedback on some matters and explaining why sometimes you have to ignore the feedback you get. Stephenson also announces that “Wordstock UK” will take place in London, almost certainly on December 17, around the time the crossword has a rather notable anniversary.
The Nation continues its fascinating exploration into the nature of cryptic crossword clues and what may or may not be acceptable. If I get a vote about its latest question, I think a triple definition is just fine but a single one strikes me as unfair.
Matt Gaffney and Rex Parker review a Eugene Maleska puzzle, and if you know the schools of thought of those three individuals, there will not be many surprises here. I was interested to learn, though, that Will Shortz had to begin his tenure by dismissing some puzzles Maleska had approved. Probably necessary, but it can’t have made the politics easier in his first months on the job.
The solutions to the Kickstarter-campaign puzzles for The Maze of Games now stand revealed. Neville Fogarty’s “Games People Play” campaign concludes its run just over its $2500 stretch goal. And speaking of fundraising, PuzzleSocial looks to be a bit of a Wall Street darling.
Ego-solve of the week, re-releasing chart-toppers Ant and Dec. Also, this clue about Pat Rabbitte is embarrassing on multiple levels. Also, Dule Hill fans are happy. And Chipper Jones has questionable taste.