June 07, 2007

Squares off

I've been guest-editing the Onion crossword for the past three weeks while regular editor Ben Tausig is on vacation, and just found out the Onion printed the wrong grid with the crossword this week (that's the June 6 puzzle by Matt Gaffney, I should say so that this erratum is more easily Googleable). Irritating that it happened on my watch, even if it wasn't my error. Here's an Across Lite version instead, in case you don't to wait for next week's correction.

Posted by Francis at 08:50 AM

The Onion folks have mucked things up before--haven't they printed the wrong byline more than once?

I'll include the link in my post for today. Thanks, editor pro tem Francis!

Posted by: Orange at June 7, 2007 09:36 AM

Well, I know in the puzzle's second week, they printed my byline on Byron Walden's crossword. If there were other errors like that, I haven't seen them (I don't pick up the print edition every week).

Posted by: Francis at June 7, 2007 11:29 AM

There were about 90 inductively mind-bending seconds there until I finally decided you weren't just being extremely formally clever and decided to check your blog.

Posted by: Jesse at June 7, 2007 02:52 PM

I'm presuming that their correction this week (6/14) - where they print two puzzles - last week's clues with the correct grid finally - and a new one this week that, again, features the wrong grid (or wrong clues, whichever way you look at it), was those craaaaazy Onion editors doing what they do best - being wacky! Because if I made such an unbelievable blunder when trying to fix the first blunder, I'd certainly ascribe it to irony rather than admit I somehow managed to screw up again.

Posted by: Ted at June 17, 2007 02:28 PM

Yeah, it's kind of mysterious what happened this week...they printed the same incorrect grid they printed last week (making it three appearances in a row for that grid), but they showed me their final pdf of that page, and the correct grid was there. So something crazy is happening between the creation of the final version of the page and the printing. Hopefully someone will be able to deduce what's going on.

Posted by: Francis at June 17, 2007 03:33 PM
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