Tricky New York Times crossword puzzles

The <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP010822" title="The New York Times" href="/topic/arts-culture/mass-media/news-media/the-new-york-times-ORCRP010822.topic">New York Times</a> crossword puzzle for <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVFES000166" title="Election Day" href="/topic/politics/election-day-EVFES000166.topic">Election Day</a>
1996 included the clue “Lead story in tomorrow’s paper.”
Because of ingenious construction by puzzle builder Jeremiah
Farrell, the answer could have been either CLINTON ELECTED
or <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT007357" title="Bob Dole" href="/topic/politics/government/bob-dole-PEPLT007357.topic">BOB DOLE</a> ELECTED. The crossing clues were written so
that either one would work. For example, the “down” clue for the
first letter was “black <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVFES000167" title="Halloween" href="/topic/arts-culture/halloween-EVFES000167.topic">Halloween</a> animal,” which could have been
either “cat” or “bat.”

( Photo courtesy of the New York Times / November 15, 2003 )

The New York Times crossword puzzle for Election Day 1996 included the clue “Lead story in tomorrow’s paper.” Because of ingenious construction by puzzle builder Jeremiah Farrell, the answer could have been either CLINTON ELECTED or BOB DOLE ELECTED. The crossing clues were written so that either one would work. For example, the “down” clue for the first letter was “black Halloween animal,” which could have been either “cat” or “bat.”

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