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 Post Posted: Sun Feb 28, 2010 7:24 am 
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Here is a small crossword puzzle
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I'll be posting later this morning at Daily Kos in the Sunday Puzzle diary there.

As is often the case with my Daily Kos crosswords, I have hidden a message in the grid. . There are eight clue answers which play a part in the hidden message today, symmetrically placed, and the message can be seen repeatedly.


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 Post Posted: Sun Mar 14, 2010 6:13 am 
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The puzzles I post at Daily Kos often include answers based on historical or cultural things which I think might be of interest to the community there. Here are some DKU (Daily Kos University) notes on some of the answers to this puzzle:

22-A, "Agatha, to Bertie" = AUNT. This is a reference to Bertie Wooster and his Aunt Agatha in the classic P.G. Wodehouse stories.

23-A, "Olive" = OYL. This is a reference to Olive Oyl, a character who appeared in Elzie Segar's Thimble Theater comic strip starting in 1919. In 1929 the character Popeye was introduced into the strip, and gradually took over as the star. If your only knowledge of the character is from the animated cartoons, I recommend browsing through some of these early comic strips. Check your local library; a number of books reprinting these strips are now available, including the excellent collection The Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics.

2-D, "Mr. C" = COMO. Perry Como, an extremely popular singer in the '40s and '50s, was sometimes known by the nickname Mr. C.

13-D, "Feminist greeting card creator" = SLATE. This is a reference to Barbara Slate, who is credited with creating the first feminist greeting cards (as well as several notable comic book series). If you'd like to learn a little more about her, here's a link to an interview with her.

16-D, "Vengeance demon" = ANYA (from Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

18-D, "Doubtful Thomas" = CAL. Cal Thomas is a conservative pundit whose syndicated columns are of dubious worth. Media Matters has a good collection of examples of errors in his writings.

20-D, "Porno mag" = OUI. In 1972, with Playboy magazine beginning to look somewhat staid in comparison to more explicit magazines such as Penthouse, Playboy Enterprises began publishing Oui in order to compete in the more hardcore market while attempting to preserve the image of Playboy magazine as being above that sort of thing.

As for the Hidden Message in the puzzle, that can be found by looking at all 4 of the edges. The top edge answers are ICE MALT; right-hand edge answers are TIE CALM; bottom edge answers are LICE TAM; and left-hand edge answers are ITEM CAL. All of these are examples of climate change.


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