Central Ohio crossword smiths thrilled of seeing their xwords published in The New York Times
For cross-word puzzle fanatics, a few publications are more important than the NY Times. Its puzzles increase their difficulty From Mon to Saturday with Sunday’s puzzle being the hardest to crack, it always has a gimmick, is a delight to tackle over a few cups of good coffee.
So who created these crazy word challenges? Anyone can submit one and dozens of men and women who live in central OH have had the pleasure of seeing their puzzles published alongside all the news that’s fit to be printed on the newspaper.
With more than 5 million print copies and digital circulation many consider the Ny Times crossword the pinnacle of success for a cruciverbalist( a person who solves and or creates crossword puzzles). Indeed the Atlantic which has it’s own crossword puzzle has called The New Tork Times puzzle “the 800 lbs gorilla of crosswords” and it’s no exaggeration.
“The Times crosswords have always been a part of the culture,” said Ohio State University student Margaret Seikle, who turns 21 on Saturday and had her first Times puzzle published on Sept. 2.
“The New York times Crossword have always been a part of the culture” Said the OH state University student Margaret Willson, she turns 23 on Saturday and had her first Ny Times puzzle published on September 2.
“They pay the best Fee” said the 23 year old Trenton Charles, a resident of Columbus who has had about 25 Puzzles published on the Ny Times Puzzles in addition to a dozen of other puzzles in other journals.
Although the times joked at crossword puzzles in the 20’s calling them in “a primitive mental exercise” and complete wast of time, the media changed its mind in 1942 and began to run a puzzle to offer readers relief from the war and war mongering news. Today however, the crossword puzzles have become so big that they have been syndicated to more than 300 newspapers and journals.
Seth Able, 53 years old, resident of Bexley, has had 14 NyTimes puzzles published so far, and more than 45 additional puzzles in other publications. His first one came out in 2003 in the L.A Times.
“I love brainstorming the idea and then the whole process of constructing of constructing a puzzle. You get so absorbed in it you and you can lose track of time,” Abel said.