All the News That Fits Symmetrically
From January 2009 to March 2013, I wrote a crossword for every issue of The Week magazine. Each puzzle was based on the events from the previous week, and I put as many news-related items into the grid as I could. You can try samples here: http://theweek.com/section/index/puzzles (any puzzle from March 15, 2013, or earlier is by me).
My big problem with writing for The Week was that I wrote the puzzle on Fridays, but the solvers didn't get the magazine delivered to them until seven days later. That made the newsworthiness of the crossword less than ideal. By using email, I can send the puzzle to solvers the second it's finished. Back this project and you can be part of the forefront for how crosswords will be delivered to solvers in the future.
These puzzles will be delivered to your email inbox in two forms: Across Lite, which can be solved on your computer, and pdf, which can be printed and solved on paper. They will come pretty much every week, but there may be an occasional week off or an extra puzzle if there is a newsworthy event that I want to include in an extra puzzle. It will finish by the end of 2013, so with more than 20 weeks between July and the end of the year, there will be a few skipped weeks.
Note that unlike the superhard Fireball Crosswords, Fireball Newsweekly Crosswords are aimed at a general audience. The difficulty level will be like that of a typical Tuesday or Wednesday newspaper crossword.
About me: I started Fireball Crosswords in 2010 as the first online-only pay-to-play direct-to-the-solver crossword. I have written more than 50 puzzle books, with combined sales of over a million copies. I am the editor of the Post Puzzler, a tough themeless crossword that appears in every Sunday Washington Post. From 2002 to 2008, I was the crossword editor for the New York Sun. I am the editorial director for Puzzlewright Press, an imprint of Sterling Publishing, where I have worked for the last 16 years. I am also the creator of the iPhone app Celebrity: Get a Clue.
Risks and challenges
As newspapers and magazines struggle to survive in the current economy, more and more are cutting back on extras like crossword puzzles. Professional puzzle writers are losing opportunities left and right. There has to be a better way than going through magazines and newspapers to get puzzles to the solvers. By supporting this campaign, you are providing direct support to the writer, allowing me to continue to write the news puzzles that I so enjoy doing.
As for the deadlines, I wrote more than 200 crosswords for The Week without missing any. Solvers will get the puzzles before the ink dries on the week's news.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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