Orange here with a special request: If your local newspaper just started running the Los Angeles Times crossword this spring, the editor's probably getting cranky letters from folks who were used to the old crossword and are demanding an easier puzzle. We need some push-back against these Forces for Mediocrity. Do you love the L.A. Times puzzle? Do you maybe even wish it were harder? Send a letter or an e-mail to the editor of your local paper's features section (or wherever the crossword runs) and let 'em know.
Norm the BART-riding solver who left a comment on Friday, this means you. And the rest of you, too. If you need help tracking down the right person to contact at your paper, leave a comment here with your newspaper's name and we'll nose around for the contact info.
If you've already written to your paper, would you mind posting the contact info for the benefit of your fellow readers? Thanks.