Two days after Steve Jobs died, The New York Times published a Steve-themed Friday crossword puzzle. It was a lovely tribute to a wonderful and dear man. I do the NYT crossword on my iPad every night, so I thought that I’d include a screenshot of the completed puzzle here:

The puzzle was created by Quora engineer Kevin Der, who described the entire process (including the extremely fast turn-around time) in a post on Quora. It’s a fascinating read, especially if you’re a crossword puzzle enthusiast like me.

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5 Responses to A crossword puzzle tribute to Steve Jobs

  1. kaimuse says:

    I hadn’t done thIs one (I’m pretty sporadic w/ the NYT crosswords anyway, even since I switched from doing them on my iPad rather than the tiny screen of the iPhone) at the time, but saw a ref to it a couple of days ago. ’twas one of the easier ones to do!

    Btw, that commenter on your previous post needs to learn the difference between a conspiracy and a conspiracy theory. He made a rather muddled point, hardly worth a reply.

  2. Aw, that’s wonderful. I also haven’t been doing the puzzle regularly so I’m glad you pointed this out. Will Shortz is my hero!

    (I asked for a subscription to the puzzles last Christmas but got the Sunday puzzle club instead, which is also great if you like trying the much harder, older puzzles edited by Maleska and Farrar as well. They highlight just how much Shortz has revolutionized the crossword, and what a Golden Age of puzzles we’re in now thanks to him.)

  3. While the puzzle is fun I question your labeling Jobs a “wonderful and dear man.” Remember, this is the man who not only denied paternity for his out of wedlock daughter, but swore under oath that he was sterile and therefore unable to father a child. And while his business took off, the mother of the child went on welfare. But oh, wait, two years later (and after meeting someone whom he would later marry and want to start a family) he said, oh, sorry…. maybe she is my daughter. Or perhaps you just want to consider the man who stopped all charitable giving by Apple while he was CEO. Or perhaps the man who used Foxconn for the production of all his fancy gadgets. Yes, the company known as one of the worst sweatshops in the world.
    Okay, brilliant man, yes. “Wonderful and dear?” No.

  4. frank says:

    @Joey: Can find Shorts’s CW puzzle daily in the Arkansas Democratic Gazette under the entertainment tab > puzzles and games along with the Criptoquote and Jumble. Cut and paste them to wordpad.

  5. Andrew Stitt says:

    Am I the only one who thinks it’s strange that to do this Xword everyone uses some Apple product or other.
    Monopolies are us.

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