Crosswords and conspiracy theories

Twice this week, The Times ran corrections for clues in the crossword. That is the first time in (as far back as I was willing to search in five minutes) that that has happened. Today’s correction was the third this year. There were none in 2012. How to explain it?

  • The crossword puzzle on Wednesday provided an erroneous clue for 25-Across, seeking the answer “iOS.” The clue should have read “iPhones and iPads run it,” not “Macs run it.” Macs run OS X, a different operating system. via Corrections – July 12, 2013 – NYTimes.com.
  • The crossword puzzle on Friday provided an erroneous clue for 29-Down, seeking the answer “Yacht.” The clue should have read “Entry in an international sports competition since 1851,” not “Entry in an annual international sports competition since 1851.” The America’s Cup, to which the clue referred, is held every few years. The last Cup, the 33rd, was held in 2010, and the 34th Cup will be held this September. via Corrections – July 9, 2013 – NYTimes.com.
  • The crossword puzzle on Tuesday provided an erroneous clue for 26-Across, seeking the answer “Gee whiz.” The clue should have read, “Wow, you’re a regular expert at turning right!” not “Wow, you’re a regular expert at turning left!” via Corrections – March 28, 2013 – NYTimes.com.
  • The crossword puzzle on Friday provided an erroneous clue for 30-Across, seeking the answer “Ute.” The clue should have read, “Subject of a museum in western Colorado,” not “Subject of a museum in eastern Colorado.” via Corrections – NYTimes.com.

 

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