New York Times Crossword Answers, Stats, Observations
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The Sunday, April 13, 2008 crossword, HOW INSULTING!, is by Cathy Millhauser
21x21, 138 words, 78 blocks
The Monday, April 14, 2008 crossword is by Christina Houlihan Kelly
15x15, 80 words, 40 blocks
The Tuesday, April 15, 2008 crossword is by Ken Bessette
15x15, 78 words, 34 blocks
The Wednesday, April 16, 2008 crossword is by Edward Sessa
15x15, 78 words, 36 blocks
The Thursday, April 17, 2008 crossword is by Byron Walden
15x15, 76 words, 34 blocks
The Friday, April 18, 2008 crossword is by Joe DiPietro
15x15, 72 words, 30 blocks
The Saturday, April 19, 2008 crossword is by Bob Klahn
15x15, 70 words, 27 blocks
The Sunday, April 20, 2008 crossword, SPACED OUT, is by John Farmer
23x23, 170 words, 104 blocks
When the puzzle is done, the letters in the following squares spell a bonus phrase: 7A - 3rd letter, 31A - 5th, 65A - 4th, 104A - 6th, 136A - 3rd, 151A - 1st, 149A - 4th, 133A - 4th, 100A - 1st, 62A - 1st, 29A - 6th
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