Matt Gaffney, prolific crossword constructor, author, and, my favorite, creator of the Matt Gaffney Weekly Crossword Contest, has created a new measure of crossword-related fame: the Shortz Factor. The Shortz Factor is calculated by taking the number of times a person's name has appeared in the New York Times crossword divided by the number of times that person's name has appeared elsewhere in the paper over a period of time. Can you guess who the most 'crossword famous' people are? The article can be found in Slate.
P.S. New Hampshire Public Radio interviewed Matt on Monday morning. You can listen to the interview here.