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Variety Puzzle FAQ
Questions about Second Sunday puzzles in XWord Info
What are variety puzzles?
Every Sunday, the NYT publishes a large Sunday crossword and one or more variety puzzles.
Acrostics alternate weeks with cryptics and various other special puzzles.
Why have they been added to XWord Info?
There is some brilliant work here that I want to organize and surface for others to see.
Many of the best clues have been in acrostics or other variety puzzles.
Which variety puzzles are included in XWord Info?
Acrostics are included back to mid-1999. Other puzzles are here if they look enough like standard
crosswords to be published in Across Lite format. That includes cryptic, diagramless, and panda
(Puns and Anagram) puzzles, as well as a small number of vowelless and other crosswords.
What about Split Decisions or Going Too Far or Spirals?
Split Decisions have no clues. Spirals have clues which could be tracked
but Across Lite doesn't support them.
Is variety data integrated with data from normal puzzles? Does it "count" in the stats?
Is the data here complete?
No. As explained earlier, many variety types are not included at all. For those I do include, I rely mostly on the puzzle
archives at the NYT Crossword page
Variety puzzles haven't been curated with the same care as the daily puzzles, so there are gaps.
Click here for the main XWord Info FAQ.