I just checked the sign-up web site for those willing to pony up for the NYS puzzles and found that the total number of those willing to pay hasn't really changed much since I signed up some two or three weeks ago. My question is: WHAT AM I MISSING? How is it possible that there are only between 3 and 4 hundred people willing to make this commitment? I am an Arizonan ex-pat currently living in Toronto, Canada. I haven't yet completed their tortuous landing process, don't have a work permit and am supporting a family of four on my wife's income only. Money is in very short supply in our household for the time being, yet, given the opportunity, somehow I'd find the dough to pay for the puzzles.
I have subscribed to the NYT puzzles for years and will continue to do so, but I sure do miss the Sun. They were the equal and at times the better of the two puzzles. So what's the problem? Is it political snobbery? Does Peter Gordon have two heads? Are people too lazy to fill in the sign-up form? Or, as I expect, are they simply a bunch of no good CHEAPSKATES? Is there any way we can shame these people who were so very happy to do the puzzles for free, but look the other way as soon as money is mentioned?
Brad Ross (Kimball)