Bill Clinton Created Today’s NYT Crossword – Secret Message Included (IMAGE)


There is a special Easter egg in the Friday edition of The New York Times crossword puzzle.

Friday’s puzzle was created by President Bill Clinton and Arkansas district court judge Victor Fleming, and Clinton couldn’t resist hiding a special message that, according to The Times, went unnoticed by the puzzle’s testers.

The Easter egg can be seen in the picture below, which was tweeted by CNN’s Eric Levenson.

“Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow” is a line from the Fleetwood Mac song “Don’t Stop,” which Clinton used throughout his 1992 presidential campaign. The song was played at campaign stops, fundraisers, speeches, and at the 1993 inaugural ball. Clearly, he’s still a fan of the song to this day.

The grid for Friday’s puzzle was constructed by Judge Fleming “with some input from Mr. Clinton.” Clinton also wrote most of the puzzle’s clues and objected to modifications suggested by Fleming, saying they would make it “too easy and boring.” He added:

‘Might as well print the answers in the puzzle.’

In their article about the puzzle, The Times pointed out that this is “the first time in recent memory that a U.S. president is known to have been involved in constructing a New York Times crossword puzzle from its start.”

Clinton is also described in the article as being an “accomplished crossword solver” who “always” does the Sunday Times puzzle.

In the 2006 documentary Wordplay, he said that he worked on “hundreds and hundreds” of crossword puzzles during his presidency:

‘At some point in my life, we began to get the Sunday Times. When I was president, I worked no telling how many hundreds and hundreds of crossword puzzles. I find it very relaxing. For a moment you take your mind off whatever you’re doing.’

Clinton was in the news recently after it was announced that he was collaborating with novelist James Patterson on a thriller titled “The President Is Missing.”

In a statement released by the book’s publishers, Clinton is quoted saying:

‘Working on a book about a sitting president — drawing on what I know about the job, life in the White House and the way Washington works — has been a lot of fun. And working with Jim has been terrific. I’ve been a fan of his for a very long time.’

The book will be released in June of next year, and the former president will presumably be busy promoting it then. Hopefully, he’ll still have time to work on crossword puzzles, though.

Featured image via Spencer Platt/Getty Images.