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The Beatles inspire young crossword prodigy
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 12/28/09 12:39 pm] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]

At 14, Ben Pall of Bergen County, New Jersey, is the youngest person to ever have a crossword puzzle published in the New York Times. After submitting several puzzles, the one that that was finally accepted by the New York Times had a Beatles theme with clues related to the 1960s and the legendary band.

"That was the puzzle I worked on with my heart the most, because I love the Beatles," Ben says. His favorite Beatles albums are Revolver, Abbey Road and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and he got to see Paul McCartney perform at FedEx Field in Maryland last August.


His close friends, who'd seen Ben obsess over the Beatles Rock Band video game, thought it was appropriate the puzzle that finally ended up in the Times had John, Paul, George and Ringo clues.

"Ben is a die-hard Beatles fan," says Elliot Rubin, 15, one of Ben's oldest friends. "So, it was no surprise to me that this was the theme."

Ben used his paycheck from the publication of the puzzle, the standard $200 the Times pays for crosswords, to buy an iPhone.

His biggest surprise in being published in the New York Times? Ben says the editor changed one of the clues in his crossword puzzle from "Dakota resident" to the simpler "Yoko ---" (Answer: Ono). Sometimes you have to give solvers an easy clue, he was told.

Info thanks to the New Jersey Star-Ledger. To read the entire article about crossword prodigy Ben Pall, click here.




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