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The New York Times Will Print an All-Puzzle Section for the Holidays

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An upcoming edition of The New York Times Magazine will have some extra space devoted to puzzles. The paper’s Sunday, December 18 magazine issue will include a “Puzzle Spectacular,” a one-off, full-page section edited entirely by NYT crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz—America’s leading crossword expert—and his team.

Puzzle obsessives will get a crack at more than 30 different games, including Sudoku, brain teasers, and of course, crosswords. As a nod to fans of the paper’s crosswords—who, according to magazine editor-in-chief, Jake Silverstein, are some of the magazine’s most devoted subscribers—the centerpiece will be the Times’ largest crossword ever.

It’s only available in print, so you’ll have to go outside and buy a real newspaper for once. If you hate holding a paper in your hands, the NYT also just released its first crossword app for Android.

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Here's How to Turn an IKEA Box Into a Spaceship
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Since IKEA boxes are designed to contain entire furniture items, they could probably fit a small child once they’re emptied of any flat-packed component pieces. This means they have great potential as makeshift forts—or even as play spaceships, according to one of the Swedish furniture brand’s print ads, which was spotted by Design Taxi.

First highlighted by Ads of the World, the advertisement—which was created by Miami Ad School, New York—shows that IKEA is helping customers transform used boxes into build-it-yourself “SPÄCE SHIPS” for children. The company provides play kits, which come with both an instruction manual and cardboard "tools" for tiny builders to wield during the construction process.

As for the furniture boxes themselves, they're emblazoned with the words “You see a box, they see a spaceship." As if you won't be climbing into the completed product along with the kids …

Check out the ad below:

[h/t Design Taxi]

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The Best Cupcake in All 50 States
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We’re going to sugarcoat it. Twelve years after the advent of the cupcake-only bakery (the California-launched chain Sprinkles is credited with opening the first in 2005), there are a lot of options. We rounded up 50 of the best decadent desserts across the country. So go out, have your (cup)cake—and eat it, too.

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