The New York Times published a daily crossword puzzle on Sunday, December 18, the first day of Hanukkah, which clearly resembles a swastika. And this was not the first time.
On Sunday, December 18, the New York Times, the major daily newspaper with a worldwide readership of 9 million, released its daily crossworld puzzle in a shape which clearly resembles a swastika. The incident was pointed out on Twitter by Democratic Strategist Keith Edwards.
“This is the NYTimes crossword puzzle today on the first day of Hanukkah. What the hell, @nytimes?” the tweet read.
This is the NYTimes crossword puzzle today on the first day of Hanukka.
— Keith Edwards (@keithedwards) December 18, 2022
In a later tweet, Edwards pointed out that no major media outlet had covered the incident. „So far not one mainstream media outlet has reported on this,” he wrote. It was soon reported by The Jerusalem Post.
Later another user also commented on the incident. “Can anyone explain why the Times crossword is a swastika on the first day of Hanukkah.”
This is not the first time the New York Times published a crossword puzzle that bore a resemblance to the swastika symbol. In 2017, the newspaper dismissed the criticism it received, with the New York Times Games Twitter account tweeting: “Yes, hi. It’s NOT a swastika. Honest to God. No one sits down to make a crossword puzzle and says, “Hey! You know what would look cool?””