25 Years of Puzzles Up—1969 CompleteWe reached a major milestone yesterday: The 25th year of proofread puzzles—1969—went off to XWord Info, and, thanks to Jim Horne, they're now up with all the others through November 20, 1993! Great work, everybody—it's wonderful to see so many years of the puzzles fully litzed, proofread, and readily accessible!
We've been making amazing progress with the proofreading lately—so much so that I'm optimistic about potentially finishing by the end of next summer (though I wouldn't place bets on that quite yet!)! Saturday morning Mark Diehl—who currently leads the Pre-Shortzian Proofreading Challenge, with 769 found mistakes (congratulations, Mark!)—sent 21 puzzles with 22 mistakes, then 31 more that night with 16 mistakes. A short while later Tracy Bennett sent in 31 puzzles with 42 mistakes. Then Sunday afternoon Mark sent 20 puzzles with 14 mistakes; late Tuesday night he sent another 26 with 14 mistakes, which were followed by 17 puzzles with 12 mistakes Wednesday night and then later 30 more with 38 mistakes. Thursday afternoon Mark sent another 23 with 12 mistakes, then 19 more with 20 mistakes. Late that night Dave Phillips sent in 31 puzzles with 46 mistakes, and Friday morning Todd Gross sent 5 puzzles with 9 mistakes. Awesome job, everyone—thanks so much!
Dave Phillips's Proofreading LogLast night new proofreader Dave Phillips sent in his first batch of proofreading, along with an Excel file he'd made of all the litzing mistakes he found! Though listing all the mistakes isn't necessary, I found looking through the file fascinating—I was especially intrigued to discover that the litzing mistakes aren't evenly distributed throughout a month. Further, when a puzzle has one litzing mistake, the probability of that puzzle having an additional mistake appears to increase: Of the 22 puzzles that had litzing mistakes, only 8 had a single mistake!
It's also very interesting to see what kinds of mistakes typically appear—usually just straightforward typos, but sometimes the mistakes are related or even completely different words! As I've mentioned before, a few people have asked me why we don't just post the unproofread litzed puzzles, since proofreading is such a time-consuming—and, for many, tedious—process. This is why! Thanks so much again for sending this, Dave!