The crossword puzzle experiment will continue. I have learned that some people do like it and would be disappointed if it were to go away, so it can stay for now. I have found that it makes the site take longer to load, but only on the home page where the puzzle appears, so that is not enough to banish it. I also found out that the source site for the puzzles uses a tracking cookie. It shows up when I visit my own home page using Firefox. I don’t think they have any infernally nefarious motives for doing that, but there it is.
So, there you go. The daily crossword puzzle stays. You can find it on the Home Page.