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

Representation in Crosswords: A Fresh Look

We live in a data-driven world these days. Everything is quantified, analyzed, charted, and graphed. Your social media use alone is an absolute treasure trove of data that tells businesses all sorts of information about your activities, spending habits, and … Continue reading

Let’s Talk About Cheating in Crosswords!

[Image courtesy of Getty Images.] I think most people who solve crosswords already know this, but for anyone who doesn’t, I’ll make this very simple for you. Unless you’re in a tournament or competition setting, there’s no such thing as … Continue reading