Posted by: Jennifer | July 12, 2009

a thirteen letter word for “falling short”

You know the newspaper industry is hitting new lows when they are getting rid of the only good section in the paper. How will people ever keep up with their education and vocabularies if the crossword puzzle disappears!

The Atlantic’s Puzzler, which will take its final bow in September, and The New York Sun’s crossword are among the most notable recent casualties, in part because of their Ivy League street cred. (Let’s face it: the crosswords in TV Guide and People magazine seldom generate heat at Hamptons dinner parties.) But The Washington Post, The New York Times and countless local newspapers have also trimmed their puzzle space for financial reasons.

[…]“Crosswords are not going to die, because they are popular in book and magazine form, and they’re very profitable in print,” said Will Shortz, the crossword editor for The New York Times. “But I think crossword and pencil puzzles in general are ideally suited for newspapers because they become a part of your daily routine. You don’t get that in a book.”

I find it sad that in today’s age of obnoxious reality TV and shortened attention spans, I think it really sucks that the one part of the paper that editors feel comfortable getting rid of is the crossword puzzle. Maybe we should be spending less column inches worrying about what Angelina Jolie is wearing to the grocery store. That would probably free up some cash.

Okay, so it’s not like the crossword puzzle is going to become extinct altogether. You’ll still be able to do it online and those little books that you can get at the supermarket with all the puzzles will probably still be printed. But there’s just something about curling up in bed on Sunday morning with a coffee and some pastries and the Sunday morning paper and the weekend crossword puzzle. It’s so….cozy.

By the way, a thirteen letter word for “falling short”: disappointing.



  1. Let’s hope that there’s enough of an uproar from crossword fans the world over to quickly reverse this trend. That’s distressing.

  2. I’m sorry to break it to you, but I’m sure you won’t hear a peep let alone a roar from these overweight dummies.

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