Puzzle Plagiarism: One Year Later

This weekend marked the one-year anniversary of one of the biggest stories in puzzles: the USA Today/Universal Uclick crossword plagiarism scandal, aka #gridgate. If you’re unfamiliar with the story, you can click here for more detail, but here’s a quick … Continue reading

Puzzle Plagiarism, Part 3: Parker Out

After months of nothing, things are suddenly moving forward with the Universal Uclick/USA Today puzzle plagiarism scandal. A quick recap: Programmer Saul Pwanson and constructor Ben Tausig uncovered a pattern of unlikely repeated entries in the USA Today and Universal … Continue reading

Puzzle Plagiarism, Part 2: Uclick Responds

It’s Follow-Up Friday, but it doesn’t feel right to open this post with our usual exuberant intro. Today, I’m returning to the subject of Timothy Parker and the USA Today/Universal Uclick plagiarism scandal. You know, when I first wrote about … Continue reading

Puzzle Plagiarism?

[Image courtesy of PlagiarismToday.com.] Today’s post isn’t the usual Follow-Up Friday fare. Instead of returning to a previous subject, I’d like to discuss a topic that I expect I’ll be returning to in Follow-Up Friday form in the near future. … Continue reading

Famous Director Stumbles Into Trivia Trap!

[Image courtesy of Buzztime.] It’s no secret that I love trivia. I enjoy bar and pub trivia nights, I compete in an online trivia league (Learned League), and I’ve served as a quizmaster myself. I delight in slipping trivia into … Continue reading

The Unexpected Return of Timothy Parker

Of all the names I expected to see pop up in puzzles in the new year, Timothy Parker wasn’t one of them. For the uninitiated, Timothy Parker was the crossword editor for Universal’s syndicated puzzle and USA Today, both of … Continue reading