Links for March 26, 2016

A Plagiarism Scandal Is Unfolding In The Crossword World

Tausig discovered this with the help of the newly assembled database of crossword puzzles created by Saul Pwanson, a software engineer.... Pwanson’s database now holds nearly 52,000 crossword puzzles, and Pwanson’s website lists all the puzzle pairs that have a similarity score of at least 25 percent. Even to avid solvers and constructors, Parker’s puzzle replication had remained largely hidden in plain sight until last month. Even though themes can often get replicated here and there, purposeful “plagiarism is virtually unheard of in the crossword community.”

The Quest For The Real-Life Treasures of Atari’s Swordquest

Atari commissioned five such prizes worth a total of $150,000, all to promote their new fantasy adventure game series, Swordquest. The Swordquest contest, one of the most audacious in video game history, offered players the chance to go on a digital quest for real treasure. They would follow a trail of esoteric clues from video game to comic book to live tournament, all for the chance to win real prizes valued at tens of thousands of dollars.


Hypothesis: “Walk Of Life” by Dire Straits is the perfect song to end any movie.