As a substitute of mentioning different solutions and clues, I wished to take a second to salute a colleague. Mitch Rubin has been my editor ever since I started writing puzzles for The Washington Put up in December, 2015. He was one of many individuals who interviewed me after I utilized for the gig, he reviewed and edited virtually each considered one of my weblog posts, and he was instrumental in convincing the newspaper to maintain me when The Washington Put up Journal shut down on the finish of final 12 months. At the moment’s weblog put up marks the final considered one of mine that he can have reviewed, as he’s leaving The Put up on June 30. I wish to assume that “To Make a Lengthy Story Shorter” is an apt, concise description of modifying, and though that’s not all that an editor does, maybe this puzzle can function a becoming tribute to Mitch.
What I admired most about Mitch was his willingness to study how crosswords work and do no matter he might to advertise them for readers since, by his personal admission, he doesn’t actually resolve puzzles. On the identical time, I wanted him to assist me keep on activity and meet my deadlines, to advocate for my crosswords to The Put up’s administration, and talk with copy editors and The Put up’s design group and the tech group at Amuse Labs at any time when I wrote an uncommon puzzle that wanted some further time and care. Not solely that, however not as soon as in your entire time I’ve written crosswords for The Put up did he ever ask me to alter out a solution or ask me to be something aside from myself in my work. You don’t all the time get a supervisor at your job who can efficiently steadiness the wants of a number of folks and Mitch was nice at that.
Thanks for all of your assist during the last seven-and-a-half years, Mitch, and good luck in your subsequent adventures.