[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:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/26/crosswords/police-operation-ngram-rubber-grammarian.html

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

http://www.xwordinfo.com/Crossword?date=3/27/2017

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

--bgz

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