Crossword Plagiarism

I’m terrible at word puzzles, so I don’t spend much time with them: solving, creating, or following. But crossword puzzles are so ubiquitous that I can’t help being interested (Wordplay was a fascinating documentary). In characteristic fashion, FiveThirtyEight adeptly reports an emerging plagiarism scandal in the crossword puzzle community. Traditional puzzle “news” is rare, so this is big.


Update: Timothy Parker, the crossword puzzles editor, has stepped aside while USA Today and Universal Uclick investigate the claims detailed by FiveThirtyEight.