By Brent Johnson
NEW YORK - June 28, 2008 - I have finally had enough! I am fed up with remaining silent!
For decades, The New York Times provided the best, most intellectually satisfying, and hardest crossword puzzle in the united States of America. Outside of the London Times, many considered it to be the best puzzle in the world. Every day, the solver was intellectually challenged by the Times crossword. If a smart person really thought about it and analyzed the clues, he or she could solve it. It was a thing of beauty for thinking people. But no more.
In modern America, where the general population has been stupidified by broken education and healthy propaganda systems, The New York Times crossword puzzle has become a thing of ugliness. Proponents of Ebonics could not have imagined the degree to which The Times puzzle has debased the English language and its own reputation.
Today’s New York Times crossword puzzle is filled with slang, illiteracies, nonexistent words, and fabricated solutions designed to fill up space and nothing more. An intelligent person will be unable to solve the puzzle, because its definitions do not follow either logical analysis or dictionary definitions. In the relentless pursuit of greater profits, The New York Times resorts to arbitrary computer-generated responses to create its puzzles. No human participates in the creation of the puzzles, so whatever the computer provides is what is used in the final product.
For example, when the definition is “laid back”, the answer is “lahdeeda”! Or the definition is “Say _____” and the answer is “what”! This certainly requires intelligence to solve (NOT)!
These do not provide an intellectual exercise. Rather, they are an exercise in idiocy and futility. If you solve their modern day crossword puzzles, then you need to not think like an intelligent being, but rather think like a moron.
The New York Times now caters to the stupid and unintelligent. Its crossword puzzles reflect that change.
That is... The Way I See It!