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April 5, 2009

Crossword/Jeopardy congruence

Filed under: crossword puzzles,on the road — ilivetolearn @ 11:49 am

Right before the end of March, Margo and I were watching Jeopardy; when they announced that the final category was 19th Century Construction I said, “I bet the answer is the Eiffel Tower.” (Just as when the category is People in the Bible you know one of the answers will be Bathsheba.) And I was right, though I wouldn’t have known the answer from the clue, which had to do with Eiffel’s originally planned location: Barcelona. Then several days later,  the Sunday Times crossword puzzle had the Eiffel Tower as its theme, complete with nine squares where the letters ET had to be squeezed in…and in connect-the-dots fashion, those nine made a little sketch of the thing itself. Was this just coincidence? I wondered as I went straight to Wiki. No, in fact, we Jeopardy/Times crossword fans were unknowingly celebrating the anniversary of the tower’s completion:  March 31, 1889.

I would have liked to catch a glimpse of the tower on my layover in Paris a couple of days ago (en route to Bologna) but it was too cloudy. I am spending almost two weeks with Elliot, and have left strict instructions with Margo to cut out and save all the Times puzzles while I am gone.


1 Comment »

  1. Do you like to play Scrabble ?

    Comment by Vicki — April 17, 2009 @ 11:25 pm | Reply

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