I just read mcb's post and it occurred to me that I should ask this question: Back in July, I received an email from Paula Gamache re: a crossword I had sent in to Will Shortz one or two months earlier. The message was not a straight-up accept; instead, I was told that the puzzle was good, Will liked it, and asked for specific revisions in the grid. I made the revisions and sent the puzzle electronically back to Will. Since then I haven't heard anything more from NYT about it--not "thanks, we'll accept it now" nor "sorry, we can't take it" nor anything else. I have had a couple other puzzles rejected in the past from them so I have been under the impression that the edited version was not rejected. But should I expect to receive a message that the puzzle is accepted? And since it's already been five months, is there some point where I should maybe write a follow-up email?