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Author Topic: Duplication across different puzzles  (Read 1257 times)

Bill Boyle

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Duplication across different puzzles
« on: June 12, 2021, 12:35:21 PM »
How is it that The NY Times and LA Times each have the clue Acropolis and answer Citadel today. Between these two and the Wall Street Journal puzzles this sort of “coincidence” happens at least once a week.

Bill Boyle


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Re: Duplication across different puzzles
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2021, 09:55:43 AM »
Years ago (over a decade now actually) when I solved printed puzzles from the newspaper I would notice such coincidental usage of the same answers (and sometimes similar cluing) between the NYT and LAT puzzles. More interesting still, I was solving the two puzzles as they were printed in the Baltimore Sun, which (I discovered later) had been running NYT daily puzzles one or two weeks after the NYT actually ran them, but the LAT puzzles were current. I think most of the apparently concurrent words I was noticing were more common fill words than your examples, but when I realized the NYT puzzles I was solving were on a delay that convinced me it was coincidental indeed.


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