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Word Salad

Kosman and Picciotto on their Nation puzzle, cryptic crosswords, wordplay and puzzles in general.

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A Puzzler's Guide to the 'Nation' Site

To find the puzzle (subscribers only) and the blog (everyone), the best approach is to click on current issue, near the top of any page. That will take you to the issue’s table of contents. When you get there, scroll to the bottom of the page, where you will find links to both the puzzle and the blog.

For the blog, you can click on blogs near the top of any page, and from there on word salad.

Another entry point: entering “Kosman” or “Picciotto” in the search box will yield a link to “Joshua Kosman and Henri Picciotto.” Click on that, and from there to either the current puzzle or the blog; clicking on the byline of either the puzzle or the blog will also work.

Once you have found the blog, click on the title of the particular post you are interested in to see other readers’ comments and enter your own. Near the bottom you will see readers’ comments, if there are any, and a space where you can enter your own comment. Commenting requires being logged in, which is accomplished by clicking on Login/Register at the top of the page. (You need not be a subscriber.)

If you run into difficulties, you can get help here,

That should do it! Thanks to all the people at The Nation who’ve improved your chances of finding us.

New Blog Schedule

We will not be able to keep to the three-posts-a-week schedule we started with. Apologies to any of you who had been expecting those posts. It turns out that our day jobs and the weekly puzzle deadline make it impossible for us to continue at that pace.

Instead, we’ll post once a week, on Thursday morning. The post will mostly consist of an ongoing elaboration of our cryptic views. Out of consideration for hard-copy solvers (most of you, we are sure), we will not reveal any answers until a few weeks have passed.

Of course, even though we’ll be doing less of that in the posts, we have no objections to discussion of specific Nation puzzles and clues in the comments. You are welcome to share any quibbles, complaints or kudos, as long as you too refrain from revealing answers. And don’t be shy about asking for and offering hints. (Please be specific about which puzzle you are referring to.)

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