It may not be an "iconic manifestation of civilization," as Ken Burns proclaims, but the New York Times crossword puzzle is undoubtedly an institution. Printed every day for the past 64 years, in weekly cycles of increasing difficulty, the puzzle draws politicians, working stiffs, comedians, musicians, coders, and homemakers across the country: anybody who, to paraphrase one champion puzzler, sees blank spaces and wants to... More >>>