Today’s NYT crossword. | John Ferrara

An eight-letter word for a Northern California county used in the New York Times crossword: H | u | m | b | o | l | d | t.

Big news for all you cruciverbalists. Eel River was the answer to 26 down in the globally celebrated puzzle edited by Will Shortz today.

“California river known more for salmon and trout than the fish it’s named after,” the question reads.

The Eel, of course, gets its name from the lampreys that inhabit it, a parasitic fish often confused for eels.

Humboldt also received a notable newspaper shoutout in 2018, when its beloved and elusive marten was referenced in the Mark Trail comic strip.

The Pacific Lamprey | USFWS Photo / Dave Herasimtschuk.