I Snapchatted the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

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Yesterday morning, for whatever reason, I decided to buy a hard copy of the New York Times while buying my morning coffee. I carried it around with me throughout the day, never opening it, but holding onto it, since I had spent good money on it. At the end of the day I was waiting for the MUNI to head back to my apartment. I remembered that I had my paper, and that it was Monday, meaning the crossword was easy. I opened it up and decided to Snapchat a pic of the empty puzzle to a few random contacts on Snapchat. By the time I got on the train, I had a few snaps from people who knew a few of the answers. By the time I got to my apartment, 20 minutes later, I had 3 empty spaces, and within 2 minutes it was finished. The solutions had been crowdsourced over Snapchat. It was such a delightful “old-person” use case for Snapchat: totally ephemeral therefore lightweight, but a way to engage people I don’t otherwise communicate with anywhere except rather obliquely on Twitter. I may make it a weekly tradition!

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