Minnesota crossword puzzle-makers think inside the box

  • Article by: Jeff Strickler , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 16, 2013 - 10:08 AM

A 10-letter phrase for the home of a large, very successful community of crossword puzzlemakers? Twin Cities.

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oste0130Dec. 15, 13 7:20 AM

I love Crossword puzzles. I also loved have Barany as my Organic Chemistry professor in undergrad. Fun article!

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beegusDec. 15, 1311:01 AM

I have done crossword puzzles for decades.What disappoints me these days is that so much of the puzzles is dedicated to popular culture--movies, TV programs, music-- that they have lost a lot of their intellectual content such as word meaning, history, literature, etc.Will Shortz and the Times seem to have gone to product placement in their puzzles as many of the answers are cars, snack food and other products. I realize they have to make money, but i feel the puzzle should not be a bunch of ads.

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beegusDec. 15, 13 4:16 PM

I have done crossword puzzles for decades.What disappoints me these days is that so much of the puzzles is dedicated to popular culture--movies, TV programs, music-- that they have lost a lot of their intellectual content such as word meaning, history, literature, etc.Will Shortz and the Times seem to have gone to product placement in their puzzles as many of the answers are cars, snack food and other products. I realize they have to make money, but i feel the puzzle should not be a bunch of ads.

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verbatim613Dec. 16, 13 8:35 AM

@beegus -- "Intellectual content..." isn't the only type of information going on in the world. I personally find definitional clues "such as word meaning" boring after too many repeated clues of that nature. I love the fact that consumer products end in the puzzles. First of all, they exist all around us. And many times, the vowel/consonant distribution makes them very well suited to the puzzles (easy example: AMANA). You sound like you are a fan of Eugene Maleska's puzzle philosophy.

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