Speedy crossword solvers

Oliver Roeder for FiveThirtyEight covered this year’s American Crossword Puzzle Tournament and the battle between Tyler Hinman and Dan Feyer.

Feyer, who has won the tournament every year since 2010, logs his puzzle solve times for the crosswords he solves nearly every day. The above shows his times for New York Times puzzles since 2011, with the easier Monday puzzles on the left and the more difficult Sunday puzzles skewed right.

See the whole thing. It’s not nearly as boring as you might think.

And if you’re into that, I highly recommend the Wordplay documentary from 2006, before Feyer’s dominance.


Where Bars Outnumber Grocery Stores

A closer look at the age old question of where there are more bars than grocery stores, and vice versa.

A Day in the Life of Americans

I wanted to see how daily patterns emerge at the individual level and how a person’s entire day plays out. So I simulated 1,000 of them.

19 Maps That Will Blow Your Mind and Change the Way You See the World. Top All-time. You Won’t Believe Your Eyes. Watch.

Many lists of maps promise to change the way you see the world, but this one actually does.

Jobs Charted by State and Salary

Jobs and pay can vary a lot depending on where you live, based on 2013 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Here’s an interactive to look.