Universal Uclick Completes Investigation into Puzzle Allegations

May 9, 2016

In response to recent media reports, Universal Uclick launched an internal investigation into allegations concerning duplication of prior work in crossword puzzles edited by Timothy Parker. Our findings confirmed some of the allegations.

As a result, Mr. Parker will take a three-month leave of absence as editor of the Universal Crossword puzzle. During his leave, Mr. Parker will confirm that his process for constructing puzzles uses the best available technology to ensure that everything he edits is original. We will work with Mr. Parker on this effort and redouble our editorial process so that there is a stronger second level of review. Fred Piscop will serve as editor of Universal Crossword during Mr. Parker’s leave of absence. Timothy Parker will not return as editor of the USA TODAY crossword puzzle and his work will not appear in Gannett/USA TODAY NETWORK publications.

We regret any inconvenience this situation has created for our clients. We are committed to providing the highest quality features in the industry.

Universal Uclick (UU) is the largest content syndicate in the world and leading digital entertainment provider of humor, comic strips, political cartoons, puzzles, columns and other content for print, Web and mobile devices. For additional information, please visit universaluclick.com.

Contact:  Susan Johnson, Chief Marketing Officer

Susan.johnson@amuniversal.com; 816-581-7645