Look inside Friday’s Erie Times-News and you’ll find familiar items in unfamiliar places.
House to Home, the weekly real estate and home and garden section, has moved from Saturday. So has the religious activities directory. And Saturday’s sports broadcast schedule has bumped up a day.
Those aren’t the only changes that take effect this weekend.
The Times-News starting this week will cease home delivery on Saturdays and instead provide a full digital replica of the newspaper that day. The new model means subscribers can get newspapers delivered to their homes six days a week, with a new digital edition available every day.
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That, and major enhancements to the e-edition, were first announced in January. New, and also starting this week, are updates to puzzles the Times-News publishes and an increase in the number of articles that nonsubscribers can view on GoErie.com.
First, puzzles that are spread throughout the newspaper each day have been reorganized into an entertainment center around the comics pages (which aren’t changing) every day but Sunday. Starting Saturday, the sudoku and word games that appear in the classified pages will be relocated, as will puzzles that have appeared in Thursday’s Showcase entertainment section. New puzzles also will appear alongside two syndicated advice columns: Dear Abby, which publishes every day except Sunday, and Ask Carolyn, which will now appear seven days a week.
In a major update, we’ll add Kubok, Lexigo, International Word Find, Kenken, Scrabblegrams and Celebrity Cipher. Daily crosswords will be Commuter and USA Today, and Sunday’s will be the extra-large Premier. Some new items are different-name replacements for current puzzles.
We’ll also bid farewell to a few features: the daily bridge column, Up and Down Words and the second sudoku on Sundays. The Los Angeles Times crossword that has appeared in Showcase will not be replaced.
Answers to the current day’s puzzles or previous puzzles, for those who could use a hint, will be available at usatoday.com/puzzle-answers. In print, solutions for the previous day will appear alongside the current day’s puzzles.
Every puzzle except one will be offered as part of an easy-to-fold quarter-page presentation. And Sunday’s crossword occupies a foldable half-page.
A reminder: There are more puzzles (and comics) available to all players at goerie.com/go-puzzles, and subscribers can use their Times-News log-in to play the ad-free version of the USA Today Crossword. Subscribers also will find 30 days of puzzles and solutions in the Times-News e-edition at https://erietimes-pa.newsmemory.com.
A Times-News subscription also comes with e-edition access to daily late pages of news and sports starting Saturday, free USA Today daily and special sections and the ability to read a rolling 30 days of any of the digital replicas from the many USA Today Network news sites around the country.
An easy solution for access to the e-edition platform is to register for the Daily Briefing newsletter at profile.goerie.com/newsletters/manage and have the link and latest headlines sent to your inbox each morning. Or just bookmark the e-edition address, erietimes-pa.newsmemory.com.
We’ve also this week expanded access to GoErie.com for nonsubscribers. After viewing three free articles in a 30-day window, readers who create a free account can view unlimited articles, videos, photo galleries and other work that isn’t marked “For Subscribers.”
Lastly, I’ve had a few calls and emails over the past week about the end of Sunday delivery of Screen Time, the weekly TV book. Delivery ended Feb. 13, and a free sample of TV Weekly was inserted into Feb. 20 editions. Those who would like to subscribe to TV Weekly can call 855-604-7004 or go to tvweekly.com/plan to sign up for mail delivery.
For assistance with digital access to the e-edition or GoErie.com, or with questions about subscriptions, billing or delivery, please call 800-352-0043 or start a chat at help.goerie.com. You can also log in to GoErie.com to manage your account, report a delivery concern and adjust your preferences.
Matt Martin is the executive editor of the Erie Times-News and the USA Today Network’s Western Pennsylvania Region. He can be reached at email@example.com.