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NYT crossword puzzle accurately predicted the winner of 1996 Presidential election

Old 11-12-17, 06:07 PM
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NYT crossword puzzle accurately predicted the winner of 1996 Presidential election

I just found out about this, and I thought it was worth posting here.


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The above crossword puzzle was published in the New York Times on November 5, 1996 — or, in the United States, election day. The clue for 39 Across: “Lead story in tomorrow’s newspaper (!), with 43A.” The clue for 68 Across: “Title for 39A next year.” Even though American voters were taking to the polls to vote for the country’s next president, the Times‘ crossword decided to forgo the formalities and just declare Bill Clinton the victor over Bob Dole a day early.

Or so it seemed.

There is nothing sinister about the puzzle displayed above. In fact, it is rather ingenious. The puzzle was all but guaranteed to predict the winner of the election, yes, but not because of Clinton’s large lead in polls entering November 5th. Rather, the puzzle was pre-ordained to be correct because it could have also led to the result below:



Magic? Hardly. Just incredible clues. 39 Down is “Black Halloween animal” — which could be CAT or BAT, depending on whether the GOP or Democrats took the White House. The other clues followed the same mold:

40 Down: French 101 word

41 Down: Provider of support, for short

23 Down: Sewing shop purchase

27 Down: Short writings

35 Down: Trumpet

42 Down: Much-debated political initials

One puzzle, two answers.

And this was not the only way in which the puzzle was schizophrenic. Will Shortz, the Times‘ crossword editor, simultaneously loved the ingenuity behind the puzzle and bemoaned the angry phone calls from upset readers who did not realize that there were two answers — and could not fathom why the newspaper would dare declare either candidate the winner a day early.
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Re: NYT crossword puzzle accurately predicted the winner of 1996 Presidential electio

Wow, that's pretty cool.
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Re: NYT crossword puzzle accurately predicted the winner of 1996 Presidential electio

Will Shortz is rad. There's a commercial for something currently that acts as a brief bio. It would probably make a great movie.
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Re: NYT crossword puzzle accurately predicted the winner of 1996 Presidential electio

68 and 72 across ... Ringo Starr 2020!

(That is pretty damned clever!)
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Re: NYT crossword puzzle accurately predicted the winner of 1996 Presidential electio

Originally Posted by Kurtie Dee View Post
Will Shortz is rad. There's a commercial for something currently that acts as a brief bio. It would probably make a great movie.
This one?



There are other ones too.





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A worthwhile post, grundle. Thanks for sharing.
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Indeed! Who would have thought?
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Old 11-13-17, 09:03 AM
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Re: NYT crossword puzzle accurately predicted the winner of 1996 Presidential electio

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A worthwhile post, grundle. Thanks for sharing.

I'm glad you like it!
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Old 11-13-17, 02:16 PM
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Re: NYT crossword puzzle accurately predicted the winner of 1996 Presidential electio

That's extremely clever. I wish I were smart enough to build something like that.

Can we get this thread moved to the Other forum? It isn't really about politics.
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Old 11-13-17, 04:24 PM
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Re: NYT crossword puzzle accurately predicted the winner of 1996 Presidential electio

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This one?


There are other ones too.




Them's the ones! Thanks!

And thanks Grundle! One thing we can all agree on is that crosswords and Shortz are both great.
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Old 11-13-17, 05:36 PM
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I will be that guy ... and say that technically Clinton was reelected in 1996.
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