Ilivetolearn's Blog

April 6, 2009

more Crossword/Jeopardy congruence

Filed under: crossword puzzles,on the road — ilivetolearn @ 3:36 pm

One of my last official acts on US soil last Thursday (the 2nd) before flying to Europe was doing that day’s Times puzzle, which I found perfect for pre-boarding boredom: absorbing, challenging but not frustrating, full of clues that made me rack my brains and answers that made me smile. Little did I know that if I had watched Jeopardy the night before, instead of going to the meeting I was unfortunately in charge of, I would have been told the theme (words, names, or phrases that begin with G and end with X) and a good number of the themed answers. My favorite was “gag reflex,” which was clued as “palate-raising response.” But then the puzzle would have killed far fewer of those airport minutes that seem to stretch for hours.
Now I am having severe puzzle withdrawal symptoms, but only palate-pleasing responses.

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