Crossword Plagiarism?

What’s a ten letter word for an accusation one writer might level against another? You guessed it: plagiarism.

There’s a plagiarism scandal blowing up the intense crossword puzzle world right now. Timothy Parker edits the USA Today crossword puzzle and the syndicated Universal Crossword, and curious crossword enthusiasts recently discovered some unsettling similarities between Parker-edited puzzles and puzzles that have appeared in the New York Times and other papers. What gives?


Oliver Roeder - FiveThirtyEight - @ollie

Madeleine Brand

Matt Holzman, Anna Scott, Jolie Myers, Christian Bordal, Laura Swisher