Ig Nobel Prizes in the Los Angeles Times and Washington Post Crossword Puzzle

The Ig Nobel Prizes have again turned up in a crossword puzzle, this time as an answer in the August 2, 2022 puzzle in the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post. The clue for one of the down words is:

23 ___ Satiric Science Prize for “research that makes people laugh then think”

By our lazy count, this is the seventh time the Ig Nobel Prizes have appeared in a major crossword puzzle (if there is such a thing as a major crossword puzzle) in an English-language publication. The New York Times used it in their puzzle on May 3, 2022. The Week used it in their puzzle on October 19, 2015. The New York Times used it in their puzzle on December 20, 2020. The Wall Street Journal used it in their puzzle January 23, 2021. The New Yorker used it in their puzzle April 5, 2021. The Los Angeles Times used it in their puzzle on September 4, 2021.

The Igs have also been an answer on the Jeopardy! TV program eight times or so.

All of this is, of course, puzzling.

(Thanks to Sandy Sutherland for bringing it to our attention.)