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The original puzzlers, circa 1989: Liane Hansen, Will Shortz, and Susan Stamberg NPR hide caption

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As we noted earlier on the blog, this November Liane Hansen marks her 20th year as host of Weekend Edition Sunday. That's why we taped and filmed — check out the video! — our puzzle segment in front of an audience last week. But in the Q&A that followed the puzzle, we realized that we were participating in what was perhaps the largest ever unintentional gathering of New York Times Crossword answers in a single room. Actor Stacy Keach, who was in the studio to read next week's puzzle, even admitted that his mother didn't think he'd truly "made it" until his name first appeared in the crossword puzzle:

After the segment, the Weekend Edition staff gathered for a photo:

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Front Row: Scott Simon, Liane Hansen, Daniel Schorr, Actor Stacy Keach (King Lear) Second Row: Will Shortz, Tony Marcano, Thomas Pierce, Sarah Beyer Kelly, Davar Iran Ardalan, Susan Stamberg, Jenni Bergal, Veronica Miller, Kee Malesky, Patrick De Oliveira, Marilyn Geewax, Brent Baughman Third Row: Gemma Watters, Kimberly Adams, Elaine Heinzman, Charla Bear, Brian Reed NPR hide caption

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