[Ads-l] grammatical diversity in the NYT crossword

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Sun Mar 26 23:07:31 EDT 2017

Monday's New York Times crossword is the handiwork of Tom McCoy, an
undergraduate member of the Yale Grammatical Diversity Project. I
wouldn't've thought it possible, but he's managed to make a coherent
theme out of a nonstandard grammatical variant in American English. I
won't spoil it for people who want to solve it, but you can read the
constructor's notes on the NYT's Wordplay blog:


And you can see the clues and completed grid on XWord Info:


Bonus: One clue mentions Google Ngrams, surely a first for the Times.


The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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