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Abstract

It would be wonderful to declare that as crossword editor I never let an error get into a published puzzle in the New York Times.

Wonderful, but, sadly, not true.

Despite careful checking of every puzzle, and testing and rechecking by a crack backup team (currently six people - Frank Longo, Nancy Schuster, David Rosen, Evie Eysenburg, Ellen Ripstein, and Martin Herbach), sharp-eyed Times readers catch me in about a dozen mistakes a year. And they aren't bashful about letting me know.

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