Many readers have sent notes like this from Harriett L. Pease of Glendale: "Please do not tell me that you are no longer going to feature Sylvia Burstyn on Sunday's Los Angeles Times crossword puzzles. I have enjoyed her style for years, when she co-authored with Barry Tunick, and after his untimely death she has done an exemplary job on her own. Sylvia has a cunning sense of humor and I do miss her."
To Pease and other, the editors of Sunday Calendar say this: "Ms. Burstyn is taking some time off. We appreciate your comments and thank you for your interest in the puzzle." Sunday Calendar editor Bret Israel adds that until Burstyn returns, Merl Reagle's puzzles will be published in Arts & Books on Sunday.