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May 2, 2014

Herald-Press now features New York Times crossword puzzle


The Palestine Herald-Press is pleased to announce a new feature with the addition of The New York Times crossword puzzle, beginning today.

In the past, readers have requested more puzzles be incorporated in the daily newspaper. In response, the Herald-Press has selected the New York Times crossword, based on its longstanding history and popularity.

“We're excited about the addition of the New York Times crossword puzzle, it's one of the world's most popular, and we're excited to bring it to our readers,” Herald-Press Publisher Gary Connor said.

The New York Times ran its first crossword puzzle on Feb. 15, 1942 in its Sunday edition. In 1950, the puzzle became a daily feature and has since been popular with wordsmiths and puzzle-lovers everywhere.

Today, the puzzle is created by a wide variety of freelance constructors and is known for becoming more difficult through the week, the easiest puzzle being published on Monday and the most difficult puzzle published on Saturday. Every puzzle has a theme, evident in a connection between at least three long answers.

There have been four editors of the puzzle since its inception. The current editor, Will Shortz has been editing it since 1993. Shortz founded and runs the annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, as well as the World Puzzle Championship.

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