A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

THE

Thu, 5 May '22
An alternative?
Thu, 3 Mar '22
Not just "a"
Sun, 13 Feb '22
All-time connector
Sun, 6 Feb '22
On-line connection?
Wed, 14 Jul '21
With 14-Down, what "Fin" might mean
Wed, 7 Jul '21
See 38-Across
Sun, 16 May '21
By-way connection
Sat, 13 Mar '21
When italicized, word before something exemplary
Tue, 26 Jan '21
With 61-Down, org. once headed by George H. W. Bush