In 1996 The NY Times Put Out The Most Amazing Crossword Puzzle Ever, And This Is Why

September 22, 2014

This is the New York Times crossword puzzle the day before the 1996 presidential election. Will Shortz, the editor of Games magazine and a crossword editor at the Times for over 20 years, said that this is the most amazing puzzle he's ever seen.

Here are the clues and one possible outcome. In this case, if Bob Dole were to win the election:

best crossword ever

And the absolute brilliance of it is demonstrated here. If Clinton were to win:

brilliant crossword ever

Coming up with a crossword on its own is ridiculous, but this is just a whole new level.

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