- Check out the Google doodle today at the Google.com page. Click the blue “play” button and you’re taken into a crossword by Merl Reagle. The online solving interface is smooth.
- Kate Kilpatrick wrote an article for Al Jazeera America that’s accompanied by a crossword written by Francis Heaney. I haven’t had a chance to solve it yet but I hear great things about the puzzle. Kate talked to constructors young and old (David Steinberg and Bernice Gordon), editor-constructors of an indie bent (Matt Gaffney, Ben Tausig), and yours truly.
- Patrick Merrell made a crossword to celebrate the 100th birthday, too. Available in .puz and .pdf forms here.
- Neville Fogarty reused Arthur Wynne’s original grid; his puzzle took me 1:14 to solve, and it’s infinitely more fun than its 100-year-old predecessor.
- New addition: Centennial puzzle by David Steinberg for the Orange County Register is here in PDF form.
- New addition: Andy Kravis’s “I Volunteer as Tribute” puzzle. Sure, it looks like it’s going to be about The Hunger Games … until you see the grid.
In addition to the above puzzles, you may be interested in these articles and clips:
- Ben Tausig in The Awl, “The Shape Of Clues To Come: The Crossword At 100.”
- Radio segment from WNYC, “Word Up: Youth Fills in the Blanks as Crosswords Turn 100,” with Finn Vigeland, Zoe Wheeler, and Ben Tausig.
- Excerpt from Ben Tausig’s new book, The Curious History of the Crossword, at the Visual Thesaurus site. Ben looks at what sort of knowledge an educated solver is expected to have, and how the norms have changed over the decades.
What Google? I can’t find it on the US, Canada or UK version…
Try clicking here: https://www.google.com/
Even using the US link doesn’t give it to Canadians as they know where you are coming from. :(
This link works in Canada (and I presume lots of other places) https://www.google.com/logos/2013/crossword/crossword13.html
Ya! Jeffrey’s link does work on the iPad.
I was afraid “Chess jumpers” might be KNTS. Thanks Tom & Merl!
Anyway those of us who just have an iPad can get the Google Doodle puzzle? Clicking on the link doesn’t show any doodle, just the colored Google logo.
No, the puzzle doesn’t come up on an iPad. Clicking on the doodle anywhere (the blue play button does not appear) just takes you to search results for Arthur Wynne and the crossword’s anniversary.
Did you see Finn Vigeland’s puzzle for the New York World?
This is obviously not the constructor’s fault, but what programmer thought it would be a good idea to have the clues appear as pop-ups hovering in front of the grid itself?
And on the iPad, each letter brings the keyboard up separately. This could take hours (so I stopped after 2 words).