March 24th, 2006


Our favorite headline turns on us

Nerd alert! Nerd alert! The 29th annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament and Convention begins Friday in Stamford, Conn. Participants will compete in 21 categories and pursue the grand prize of $4,000. Note: The final puzzle is played on giant white boards so the fans can watch. Hmmm. It reminds us of a six-letter word that means "dull" or "tiresome" ... bo-ring.

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You know, this is insulting. What are THEY the best in the country at?

And here's a misplaced metaphor

(As you can see, I'm Googling "crossword" and "tournament"),0,2846006.story?coll=sfla-home-headlines

Robert Thompson, professor of popular culture at Syracuse University, said office pools are the key to the tournament's popularity.

"If you were to wave a wand and remove all the gambling, it wouldn't be madness anymore," he said. "Brackets are the greatest graphic invention ever. It's just made it so user-friendly. If you know a lot about college basketball, you can debate a lot. If you know nothing you can still have a 50-50 chance and do very well ... It's a crossword puzzle. It's sports meets Soduku."
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