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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Monkey Predicts Four Rejections

For those who don't know, I've been creating crossword puzzles lately. I finished three already and have submitted two to the NY Times for publication. I heard back regarding my first puzzle and the answer was, unsurprisingly, no. The good news is that although the rejection was a generic form letter, they included general guidelines for the puzzles they are looking for. The first puzzle had far too many clues. (I think the second puzzle I submitted will fail for the same reason.)

If you're interested you can get a printable copy of the crossword or e-mail me if you want an electronic version.


DeborahSmith said...

Do you think maybe they rejected your crossword because one of the clues was 'a random group of letters'??? Just a thought.

talljay said...

If anything, that clue, 38-Across and 49-Across were the only reasons for _not_ rejecting the puzzle.

I'm not greatly enamored with this theme and won't try to "fix" the puzzle, hence it is posted here. The other puzzle I submitted is, I think, better but after reading through the guidelines I expect it will also be rejected. It might be fixable.

Anticipating its rejection, I will probably look into fixing it while I'm on vacation tomorrow. :-)