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Author Topic: USA Today editorship  (Read 2716 times)

Bruce Venzke

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USA Today editorship
« on: May 20, 2016, 12:20:37 PM »
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Let's get Fred Piscop a job! The "nation's newspaper" should have a quality crossword editor, and I think Fred is a good, logical choice for that position. Here's a comparison of themes/theme entries from the last four Parker-edited USAT puzzles with four that Fred did the editing (in a kind of a rush situation, I might add).

The quality difference seems quite clear to me. Join me in urging that Fred Piscop's temporary status as USAT crossword editor be made permanent.

USA TODAY 4/30    Fishy Personalities by Fred Piscop
Fishy “Star Wars” hero? FLUKE SKYWALKER
Fishy actress in “The Aviator”? SKATE BECKINSALE
Fishy U.S. president? PIKE EISENHOWER

USA TODAY 4/29    Free Throes by Fred Piscop
Maps of Arctic ice movement? FLOE CHARTS
Establishment of blackthorn farms? SLOE STARTS
Places to get caviar? ROE HOUSES
Mobile podiatry offices? TOE TRUCKS

USA TODAY 4/28    Beneficial Elements by Frank Longo
Element used by a Trojan War hero? ACHILLES HELIUM
Element used by a highway patrol cop? SMOKEY BARIUM
Element used by a sore loser? BITTER ERBIUM
Element used by a Green Beret? COMMANDO RADIUM

USA TODAY 4/27 MV Tease by Elizabeth C. Gorski
Tarzan’s standard pick-up line? YOUR PLACE OR VINE
Sally’s wicked habit? FIELD VICE
Utterly boring egoists? VAIN DRAGS
Angelic woman of letters? VANNA FROM HEAVEN

USA TODAY 4/26 Talking About You by Victor Fleming
Health and happiness WELL BEING
Invitation recipient’s query WHO’S GOING
Feline caller’s words HERE KITTY
Greeting clued by the first parts of … SPEAK OF THE DEVIL

USA TODAY 4/25    King Movies by Fred Piscop
1958 Elvis movie KING CREOLE
1961 Elvis movie BLUE HAWAII
1962 Elvis movie KID GALAHAD
1964 Elvis movie ROUSTABOUT

USA TODAY 4/24  Presidential Firsts by Fred Piscop
President of the U.S. (1929-33) was his first elected office HERBERT HOOVER
President of the U.S. (1849-50) was his first elected office ZACHARY TAYLOR
President of the U.S. (1969-77) was his first elected office ULYSSES S. GRANT

Here are the last four "Timothy Parker-edited" puzzles prior to his "step-back":

USA TODAY 3/2 Smile for the Camera by Lucia Cole
House surrounder in the American dream PICKET FENCE
Visually attractive PICTURESQUE
Lace edging PICOT
Cowboy’s vehicle PICKUP TRUCK
Parts of state parks PICNIC AREAS

USA TODAY 3/3 A Better Puzzle by Mary Jersey
Heart rate reduced BETA BLOCKER
Currently unemployed BETWEEN JOBS
“Friday the 13th” actress BETSEY PALMER
Barney’s wife BETTY RUBBLE

USA TODAY 3/4 Be First by Bill Bobb
The Masters posting LEADER BOARD
Comparatively weighty HEAVY AS LEAD
Get a dance started TAKE THE LEAD
What a starlet wants to be LEADING LADY

USA TODAY 3/5 In Other Words by Norman Wizer
Burned-out post office? CASE OF BLACKMAIL
Chitterlings chef? MAN WITH GUTS
Remains of a no-good pharaoh? CRUMMY MUMMY
Squirrel’s nest? NUTCRACKER SUITE








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Re: USA Today editorship
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2016, 05:58:18 PM »
I love Fred Piscop's puzzles and I'd love to help.  But how do "we" get him this editorship?


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Re: USA Today editorship
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2016, 01:41:47 AM »
Good thought.  I can't say I've done grids from there as of late, but my hope is that whoever ends up as editor there doesn't depart from the niche that Universal/USA Today has gained in the market (harder than "easy" grids, yet a good place for people who would get slammed and discouraged by the average Mon LAT or NYT grid - not to mention a good place for late week grids when stuff is out there that would *really* slam a newbie).  I used to recommend that as a good source for newbie types until the scandal, and really haven't found a good alternative...
« Last Edit: May 25, 2016, 01:44:37 AM by Glenn9999 »
My Blog of Totally Random Crossword Observations:


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Re: USA Today editorship
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2016, 02:45:42 PM »
i recognize every constructor in the FP series and none of the TP names... hmm...


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