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NYTimes Defends ‘Swastika’ Puzzle on Jewish Holiday

The New York Times defended its crossword puzzle design Monday after drawing significant backlash over the weekend.

Did the NYTimes purposefully print a swastika design?

The newspaper, which has previously been accused of anti-Semitism, published a design that many said resembled a Nazi swastika on the first night of Hannukah, Sunday.

Donald Trump Jr., along with many others from both sides of the aisle, criticized the Gray Lady.

“Disgusting!” Trump Jr. tweeted. “Only the New York Times would get Chanukah going with this is the crossword puzzle. Imagine what they would do to someone who did this and was not ideologically aligned with them? I’ll give them the same benefit of the doubt they would give those people… EXACTLY ZERO.”

“This is the NYTimes crossword puzzle today on the first day of Hannuka,” Keith Edwards said. “What the hell, @nytimes?”

“Am I actually seeing this symbol? From the New York Times? During Chanukah? Which editor missed this?” Dr. Aaron Kheriaty tweeted.

“You tell me what it looks like. And then tell me it wasn’t on purpose,” author Laura Kronen tweeted.

A Times spokesperson doubled down on the controversial design in a statement to the DailyMail.com:

“This is a common crossword design: Many open grids in crosswords have a similar spiral pattern because of the rules around rotational symmetry and black squares,” the spokesperson said.

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