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Very sad news for the start of the new year: Another crossword legend, Maura Jacobson, recently passed away. I was on vacation when I first learned of the news on Facebook. Although I never met Maura, I remember signing a large get well card for her at my first American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in 2012. She wasn't able to attend that year, and I was disappointed that I wouldn't be able to meet her. Later, I hoped to have a chance to talk to her about crosswords and perhaps interview her for this blog, but by then she was too ill. For more on Maura, see Will Shortz's moving tribute, "Remembering Maura Jacobson," and this obituary in The Times, or click here and here and scroll down. Rest in peace, Maura.