Escort enters sound bargain with the prosecutor (4, 4)
I stared at it and wondered: could it be it anything but a reference to President Trump’s alleged affair with the porn star Stormy Daniels and the $130,000 his lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid her not to disclose it?
Take the British setter Arachne, for example. She wrote the famous clue Throw shoe! Bugger invaded Iraq! (6,4), the answer to which is GEORGE BUSH. She also, in August of 2012, published a puzzle that offered the messages JUSTICE NOT DONE and DANIEL MORGAN, calling attention to, in her words, “a murder victim whose case was never solved because of appalling police corruption”.
Perhaps the most famous political crossword entry ever is the one published in the New York Times on the day before the 1996 U.S. presidential election. This was a regular crossword puzzle, not a cryptic crossword, which explains how it was possible: thanks to a series of clues that could be answered in two ways, the crossword puzzle offered two different messages: “CLINTON ELECTED” AND “BOB DOLE ELECTED”.