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SF Examiner replaces NYT with Timothy Parker puzzle

From the Not Good News department:

San Francisco Examiner has replaced the NYT syndicated crossword with Timothy Parker!!!

Yes, that's right.

This is a clear indication that newspaper entertainment editors have no "clue" when it comes to crossword puzzles. Solvers deserve an "answer."

For those who are unaware, Timothy Parker was fired as USA Today crossword editor for plagiarizing - blatantly copying New York Times puzzles and publishing them as his own.

If you are bothered by this, please contact the San Francisco Examiner and voice your opinion.

I am resurrecting an old post that provides the details of Mr. Parker's plagiarism. Read below:

Timothy Parker accused of puzzle plagiarism

(this article first appeared two years ago, and has been reposted for context purposes - see article above)

It was bound to happen. And so it has. Timothy Parker, "editor" of the USA Today and Universal crossword puzzles, has been accused of puzzle plagiarism. According to a investigative report by Oliver Roeder, the thematic content has been lifted from puzzles that have previously appeared in venuies such as The New York Times. A kind reader might be inclined to chalk this up to mere coincidence, the only defence that Mr. Parker himself has offered so far. But anyone with an underrstanding of how crossword puzzles are made would be far less likely to accept such an explanation. Here is alink to the Roeder article.You be the judge:

Oliver Roeder's article

Professional crossword constructor Matt Gaffney takes an analytical look at the evidence in his Slate column here:

How to Spot a Plagiarized Puzzle

Timothy Parker has since "taken a step back" from his role as editor for the USA Today and Universal as the publishers investigate.

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