OT? A fiendish NYTimes crossword puzzle

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Fri Oct 4 15:47:43 UTC 2013


I assume you're talking about the Sunday 9/1/13 puzzle, in which
numerals stand in for the names of people appearing on currency in the
Across entries (DENZEL1, etc.):



On Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 11:24 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:
> Can anyone remember the exact details of the NYTimes crossword puzzle
> about which all I can remember is the following, which is probably inaccurate?
> Across, the name of a U.S. president.
> Down, I think in a crossing word, the amount of the U.S. paper money
> bill on which that president's face appears.
> E.g.:  Across would be "Lincoln", down would be an answer containing
> the letters "five".  Across the clue might have been "Home of the
> baseball Nats", the answer would be "Washington".
> Used seven times, for each of the seven lowest-denominated U.S. bills.
> Considering that "Washington" contains 10 letters, I think it must
> have been a Sunday puzzle.  Appeared some time within the last several months.

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