Enabler of Crossword Addict Seeks Answers

http://blogging.la/archives/images/2006/06/Leon1%20013-thumb.jpgLet me put this bluntly: WTF happened to the LA Weekly’s crossword puzzles? They used to be right next to the Rocky Horrorscope, around the comics, and close enough to the strip club ads to give me something to look at while I ripped out the page and handed it to my girlfriend.

See, I’m not much into crosswords, but its my girlfriend’s vice. And a frequent routine of ours has been to have lunch on Thursdays at El Coyote, and grab a Weekly on the way in. While waiting for our food, I can browse the paper while she is busy with the puzzle. But apparently no more. For at least the past three or four weeks the Weekly has been without puzzle. A small disclaimer in the table of contents mentions something about getting the puzzle online… don’t they know its damn near impossible to use a No. 2 pencil on a laptop screen?*

So now what am I supposed to do with my girlfriend until my carnitas show up? Talk? Pfft.

And, for the record, I sent a message to the LA Weekly over a week ago to find out what happened and if the crosswords will ever return in print. So far no reply. Like the online puzzles, these answers remain unsolved.

*insert canned laughter here.

6 Replies to “Enabler of Crossword Addict Seeks Answers”

  1. If it’s a matter of not enough space in the print version of the Weekly, may I suggest jettisoning the useless twee jibbering of Seven McDonald and (especially) Dave Shulman?

  2. I’m surprised that there hasn’t been a bigger outcry about this. After the crossword first disappeared, I tore through to the horoscope page as soon as I picked up my Weekly each week — to be disappointed. Now, most of my reason for getting the paper LA Weekly’s gone!

    Incidentally, I saw a preview for a film about a crossword competition, undertaken by the pros and diehards. Which verified my feeling that crosswords still have their geek cache, but are also really, really addictive.

    Maybe we should start an e-campaign? No crossword, no peace!

  3. Hey, I found your blog when googling to find out WTF happened to the LA WEEKLY crossword! While I’m not a religious weekly puzzler like your girlfriend, the perk of LA Weekly’s puzzle is it’s free. Big bummer to discover it’s missing. I definitely agree. Restricting it to the web site is LAME. Puzzles, like cartoons, have long been ways of getting people to pick up your rag who would not have otherwise. This move seems like it will just have fewer people picking up the printed weekly. Seems like an idiot move, if you ask me. And how do you think those crossword creators feel? What a slap in the face. Ugh.

  4. Ditto! I am heart-broken that the crossword is gone (it’s not even on the website). I wrote to them as well. Nothing yet. The LA Weekly crossword puzzle is the only thing that gets me through the week (the one luxury recreation activity I give myself for making it through). I will no longer read their publication if they refuse to bring it back (I love the big ads they’ve replaced the puzzle with–real classy).

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