Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Those of you who solve the puzzle in syndication - please be patient. The Times seems to have changed its republication schedule. Apparently, for a few days, the puzzle has been FIVE weeks behind, and not its customary SIX. I've made inquiries and will try to settle the matter as quickly as possible. In the meantime, you can pinpoint any puzzle I've written about in the "Blog Archive" (bottom of the sidebar). And for now, if the syndicated link takes you to six weeks ago, and that's not the puzzle you've got in front of you, just use the Blog Archive to fast forward one week. That should do the trick. Click on arrows next to any month to unfurl a menu of all the entries I've written for that month.

Writing frantically from New Zealand,
Rex Parker


Anonymous 9:04 AM  

Wow. You got a different puzzle than my paper NYT today. Mine was odd, though, in that the "Puzzle by" had no author, and the date/number was also left off. But honest, it was the real, live New York Times, all the news that's fit to print, etc.
Trish in OP

Anonymous 9:19 AM  

You probably did not notice, but even though the answers say they are for the previous puzzle, they are actually for the 'ARTLESS' puzzle?! Shows how well trained the eyes are that i never noticed while i was doing it either.

I only saw it when i checked another copy of the paper that gets delivered to my office, to see if it might have had the puzzle being blogged about today.

Any way to get a blank of the Wednesday puzzle in the blog?

Anonymous 9:24 AM  

I'm in Manhattan doing the hard copy delivered-to-my-door version and got the artless puzzle also.

Anonymous 9:45 AM  

There's an explaination (of sorts) on page A4 of today's print version.

The *wrong* puzzle is indeed the one from last June.


PS: there seems to be 2 comment streams going today.Check the one before Rex's syndication note --- but be warned, it will be a spoiler if you find the correct puzzle!

chefbea 4:02 PM  

if you e-mail me I will send you the times digest that I get every day and you can print out the correct puzzle

Anonymous 4:21 PM  

I'm not sure if I guessed MUNICH instead of ZURICH by luck, but MUNICH is in Germany and ZURICH is in Switzerland, and everyone knows Strauss is German, right?

As it is, I definitely remember the BABY M surrogate motherhood case and my outrage at the New Jersey Supreme Court way back when. But not until I had the answer from the crosses.

Two Wednesdays in a row now I got ERL-King instantly, thanks to my finishing Richard Powers THE TIME OF OUR SINGING, which I mentioned once a few weeks ago because I came across OSTINATO in the book later the same day it was in the puzzle.

Meanwhile, having finished Richard Powers THE ECHO MAKER, I was astonished to come across a handful of NYT crossword oldies. At one point, a character recited the 4-H pledge. And on the back cover, to my shock, was a quotation from Richard EDER, a recent end-of-the-week not-the-German-river clue. I think this time I've got his name memorized.

Anonymous 9:05 PM  

the misprinted puzzle is by DOnna Hoke Kahwaty from June 14th, 2007

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