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New York Times Crossword Answers, Stats, Observations

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Derek Bowman
Derek Bowman 
The Thursday, August 27, 2009 crossword is by Derek Bowman
15x15, 78 words, 40 blocks
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The Friday, September 25, 2009 crossword is by Robert A. Doll
15x15, 70 words, 30 blocks
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joon pahk
joon pahk 
The Saturday, September 26, 2009 crossword is by Joon Pahk
15x15, 72 words, 27 blocks
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Patrick Berry
Patrick Berry 
The Sunday, September 27, 2009 crossword, THAT IS TWO SAY, is by Patrick Berry
21x21, 138 words, 72 blocks
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Lynn Lempel
Lynn Lempel 
The Monday, September 28, 2009 crossword is by Lynn Lempel
15x15, 78 words, 36 blocks
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Paula Gamache
Paula Gamache 
The Tuesday, September 29, 2009 crossword is by Paula Gamache
15x15, 78 words, 36 blocks
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Kevin G. Der
Kevin G. Der 
The Wednesday, September 30, 2009 crossword is by Kevin G. Der
15x15, 78 words, 40 blocks
When the puzzle is done, the circled letters will spell, from top to bottom, the name of the town where all the people in this puzzle's theme once lived.
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Patrick Blindauer
Patrick Blindauer 
The Thursday, October 1, 2009 crossword is by Patrick Blindauer & Rebecca Young
15x15, 72 words, 33 blocks
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Variety: the December 21 variety puzzle as PDF, or solve the December 14 acrostic online.

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Data from puzzles before Will Shortz became editor are kept separate from modern puzzle stats. XWord Info currently has 10,098 pre-Shortz crosswords from 1/1/1966 to 11/20/1993.

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