Monday, April 1, 2024

Quote of the Day (Anna Shechtman, on the ‘Weighty Cultural Capital’ of the Crossword Puzzle)

“On the one hand, the crossword is trivial. It’s literally a game. But, on the other hand, it also has a weighty cultural capital. It’s a place where the language is being forged and tested. It’s a way to patrol the borders of common knowledge. What is ‘puzzle-worthy’ — what words, names and phrases are determined to be relevant or well known enough to include in a puzzle — is ultimately a question of what should be known.”—Crossword-puzzle creator and author Anna Shechtman quoted by Cornelia Channing, “Expanding the Puzzle World Across and Down,” The New York Times, Mar. 27, 2024

(The image accompanying this post, an American-style crossword grid, was created May 21, 2006, by MeekMark.)

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