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New York Times Crossword Answers, Stats, Observations

XWord Info contains data about NYT puzzles dating back to 1942. Have fun exploring and you'll start seeing crosswords in a whole new light. Curious? Take the XWord Info Tour or see the FAQ.

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Congratulations to the Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project

David Steinberg
David Steinberg

The Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project has completed its audacious goal of digitizing all known NYT crosswords back to the very first one in 1942.

Project leader David Steinberg has created a contest metapuzzle to mark the occasion called Moving Forward.

Learn all about the contest puzzle here.

Submit your answer by Sept. 2 at 2:00 p.m. Pacific time.

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Variety (Second Sunday)

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Older crosswords from The Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project

Data from puzzles before Will Shortz became editor are kept separate from modern puzzle stats. XWord Info currently has 16,082 pre-Shortz crosswords from 2/15/1942 to 11/20/1993.

Selected pre-Shortz observations


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