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New York Times Publishes Pomona Senior's Crossword Today

Today’s New York Times crossword puzzle was submitted by Pomona Senior Xan Vongsathorn and is his first published. Friday puzzles are known for being the second hardest of the week.

Jim Horne, author of The Crossword Blog of the New York Times calls it “a very fine Friday puzzle…. It feels like a typical Friday themeless but the only two long answers have an amusing connection. I usually am not fond of Roman numerals in the grid, but I love 40 Across, ‘The annus in Dryden’s Annus Mirabilis.’” The length of the Roman numeral was “so crazy that [Will Shortz] almost likes it,” according to an e-mail notifying Vongsathorn that the puzzle would be published.

To read a short interview with Vongsathorn, in which he notes that, until Sunday, he is a Pomona senior, visit the New York Times site.

Vongsathorn, an economics and mathematics double major from Bethesda, MD, was this year’s winner of the on-campus “Third Annual New York Times Crossword Puzzle Contest.” He has been accepted to the University of Chicago PhD program in economics.