111. Rejected New Yorker Cover

Someone recently asked me about my rejected 2003 cover for The New Yorker, so I figured I’d put it up here. Everything you need to solve the crossword is in the illustration.nyerreject1


5 Responses to 111. Rejected New Yorker Cover

  1. Kevin says:

    Love it! Thanks for posting.

  2. kevinashworth says:

    Okay, I don’t get 35A.

  3. Patrick Merrell says:

    kevinashworth: An ait is a small island (it’s mostly a British term).

  4. Matt Gaffney says:

    Wow — beautiful! Hope you at least got a decent kill fee.

  5. Patrick Merrell says:

    No, covers (and cartoons for that matter) aren’t assigned. In fact, every Tuesday morning a parade of cartoonists make their way up to The New Yorker’s offices to dump a pile of cartoons on the cartoon editor’s desk, from which a relative few are chosen. I just did it up, totally on spec. They liked it but didn’t think it was quite right for the magazine.

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