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New York Times Crossword Honors Steve Jobs With Puzzle Written by Quora Engineer

Now this is pretty cool: Quora engineer Kevin Der has created a Steve Jobs tribute crossword puzzle that’s running in Friday’s New York Times.

Der explained the backstory in a Quora post. He said the puzzle was created in a frenzied dash in order to be released as soon as possible, with him writing the clues from the airport over flaky Wi-Fi and his iPhone.

Der, who was one of the first employees at Palo Alto-based Quora and was previously at Pixar and Facebook, is an accomplished crossword puzzle creator who holds the record for fewest black squares in a New York Times puzzle.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik