The Press: Fix Is the Word

Soon after the two dailies in Portland, Ore. started cash-prize crossword-puzzle contests last November, the entries were pouring in at a tidal rate—57,000 a week to the afternoon Oregon Journal (circ. 182,956), about 60.000 a week to the morning Oregonian (circ. 233.856). Few entrants knew of the prohibitive odds against winning such circulation-promotion contests: usually more than 100.000 to one.*Last week both Portland papers took to their front pages with embarrassed confessions that some of the winners had somehow reduced the odds against winning to zero.

"We have become convinced," said the Oregonian, "that certain persons have had access to advance information...

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