It has been brought to my attention that no notice has been given about the recent changes in the LA Times Sunday Puzzler. That's the crossword exclusive to the Times, in print and online, not the syndicated puzzle.We'll continue to post the grid and spell out the theme of Sylvia's puzzle when it returns. In the meantime, you can check out Orange's blog for a discussion of Merl's puzzles.
I've been writing the puzzle solo since the 2007 death of Barry Tunick, my co-constructor for almost 28 years. For a few weeks now the Puzzler has been on a break, replaced with Merl Reagle's puzzle which for some years has appeared in the LA Times Sunday Magazine section.
As things stand now, the hiatus should last into early or mid July. It's heartening to know that the Puzzler has been missed.
July 22 update: If you miss Sylvia's puzzle, send an e-mail to the L.A. Times' reader representative (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let the paper know. Sylvia's been making puzzles, but it's up to the paper to start publishing them again.