It’s cold out, so here’s a piece to warm your brain up: the New York Times asked assistant editor of puzzles Sam Ezersky how the digital world changes his job building and sorting crossword puzzle submissions. In honor of my dad, whose simple joys in life include eagle watching and puzzle solving on a boat in Lake Red Rock, let’s appreciate the simple challenge of a well-designed crossword. 

IN OTHER NEWS: Successful Farming looks at John Deere’s acquisition of California startup Blue River Technology in the race for autonomous weeding (SUCCESSFUL FARMING); The weird word world of tech company slogans (MEDIUM); Email hacks hit political campaigns again in the 2018 midterm (POLITICO).