History of the NYT Sunday Crossword

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The four prominent editors of that New York Times crossword puzzle have had are:

Will Weng pic You might note the 10-week gap between Maleska and Shortz.  This was due to the untimely passing of Maleska.  For two weeks, the bylines did not contain an editor; the subsequent eight weeks' worth of puzzles were edited by Mel Taub.

The Sunday puzzle started as a 23x23 grid size only but at present they are the exception rather than the rule.  The first 21x21 puzzle appeared in June 11, 1944 along with the "Double-Crostic" and followed its appearance periodicity until May 4, 1980.  At that point, the 21x21 puzzle also appeared along with the diagramless puzzles thus the 23x23 puzzles appeared only with the "Puns & Anagrams" puzzles (once every four weeks).  The last regular 23x23 puzzle appeared November 14, 1993, its demise brought about in part by the shrinking NYT Magazine page size.

Eugene Maleska pic Odd-sized Sunday puzzles that have appeared in the past are:

Enjoy the history in an of the many collections of the Sunday NYT Puzzles:

No. Starting Date Ending Date ISBN Editor(s)
38 ? ? 1250015448 Shortz, Will
37 July 2, 2006 June 17, 2007 031264549X Shortz, Will
36 July 17, 2005 July 2, 2006 03126543163 Shortz, Will
35 August 1, 2004 July 17, 2005 0312590083 Shortz, Will
34 August 17, 2003 July 25, 2004 0312386257 Shortz, Will
33 September 1, 2002 August 10, 2003 0312375077 Shortz, Will
32 September 16, 2001 August 25, 2002 0312360665 Shortz, Will
31 October 1, 2000 September 9, 2001 0312348622 Shortz, Will
30 September 5, 1999 September 3, 2000 0312335385 Shortz, Will
29 October 11, 1998 August 29, 1999 0312320388 Shortz, Will
28 October 26, 1997 October 4, 1998 031230515X Shortz, Will
27 November 3, 1996 October 19, 1997 0312284144 Shortz, Will
26 November 26, 1995 October 27, 1996 0812933818 Shortz, Will
25* November 13, 1994 November 19, 1995 0812932080 Shortz, Will
24 November 21, 1993 November 6, 1994 0812930614 Shortz, Will
23 April 8, 1990 March 17, 1991 081292939X Maleska, Eugene T.
22 April 23, 1989 April 1, 1990 0812928032 Maleska, Eugene T.
21 May 8, 1988 April 23, 1989 0812926153 Maleska, Eugene T.
20 May 24, 1987 May 1, 1988 0812924517 Maleska, Eugene T.
19 June 1, 1986 May 17, 1987 081292083X Maleska, Eugene T.
18 June 16, 1985 May 25, 1986 0812922689 Maleska, Eugene T.
17 July 1, 1984 June 9, 1985 0812918789 Maleska, Eugene T.
16 July 17, 1983 June 24, 1984 0812918398 Maleska, Eugene T.
15 Aug 1, 1982 July 10, 1983 0812917812 Maleska, Eugene T.
14 August 16, 1981 July 25, 1982 0812916816 Maleska, Eugene T.
13 August 31, 1980 August 9, 1981 0812911911 Maleska, Eugene T.
12 September 16, 1979 August 24, 1980 0812911660 Maleska, Eugene T.
11 July 9, 1978 September 9, 1979 0812911156 Maleska, Eugene T.
10 July 24, 1977 July 2, 1978 081293105X Maleska, Eugene T.
9 September 5, 1976 July 17, 1977 0812930878 Weng/Maleska
8 August 31, 1975 August 29, 1976 0812930762 Weng, Will
7 September 18, 1974 August 24, 1975 0812930789 Weng, Will
6 October 28, 1973 September 11, 1974 0812930797 Weng, Will
5 November 12, 1972 October 21, 1973 0812930495 Weng, Will
4 December 26, 1971 November 5, 1972 0812930487 Weng, Will
3 January 24, 1971 December 19, 1971 0812930509 Weng, Will
2 February 1, 1970 January 17, 1971 0812930517 Weng, Will
1 January 12, 1969 January 25, 1970 0812906705 Weng, Will

*Volume 25 is special volume that has 50 selected classic Sunday puzzles in addition to the 50 Shortz-edited Sunday puzzles.  This one comes highly recommend.

The starting and ending dates indicate the range of the puzzles included in the volumes. HOWEVER, some volumes do not include all the puzzles between these dates and may include puzzles outside these dates. Alas, these collections sometimes do not keep the puzzles in published order nor their title as printed in the original paper which I list in my puzzle database pages.

Omnibus and other large collections of Sunday puzzles are listed below:

Misc. Volumes (# of puz) Starting Date Ending Date ISBN Editor(s)
Sunday Omnibus 10 (200) June 26, 2005 January 11, 2009 0312590067 Shortz, Will
Sunday Omnibus 9 (200) August 26, 2001 June 19, 2005 0312356668 Shortz, Will
Sunday Omnibus 8 (200) October 26, 1997 September 30, 2001 0312324405 Shortz, Will
Sunday Omnibus 7 (200) November 21, 1993 October 19, 1997 0312309503 Shortz, Will
Sunday Omnibus 6 (200) May 8, 1988 January 26, 1992 0312289138 Maleska, Eugene T.
Sunday Omnibus 5 (200) July 1, 1984 May 1, 1988 0812932935 Maleska, Eugene T.
Sunday Omnibus 4 (200) August 31, 1980 June 24, 1984 0812924800 Maleska, Eugene T.
Sunday Omnibus 3 (200) September 5, 1976 August 24, 1980 081291936X Weng/Maleska
Sunday Omnibus 2 (200) November 12, 1972 August 29, 1976 081291791X Weng, Will
Sunday Omnibus 1 (200) January 12, 1969 November 5, 1972 0812911393 Weng, Will
Tribute to Maleska (100) March 24, 1991 January 31, 1993 0812933842 Maleska, Eugene T.
Jumbo Sunday (400) January 12, 1969 August 29, 1976 0517203685 Weng, Will
1st Giant Sunday (200) November 12, 1972 August 29, 1976 0760720355 Weng, Will
2nd Giant Sunday (200) January 3, 1965 November 24, 1968 0760720363 Farrar, Margaret

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