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June 18: Pop goes the puzzle


Today is Father's Day and Gail Grabowski hopped aboard the Predictability train by creating a puzzle which is titled "Pop Culture" and includes eight answers containing DAD. (Bruce Haight rode the same Predictability train last month with a Mother's Day puzzle containing M-O-M phrases.)

Newspaper revenue source: CLASSIFIEDDAD
Brand created in Toronto in 1904: CANADADRY
Buyer of [Canada Dry]: SODADRINKER
School social worker's concern: CHILDADVOCACY
Alert precipitated by heavy rain: FLOODADVISORY
Audio system connector: IPODADAPTER
Annual Silver State celebration: NEVADADAY
Gorilla Glue, for one: WOODADHESIVE

The first Father's Day was celebrated in 1910 in Washinston state. In 1972, President Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father's Day a national holiday. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson had made Mother's Day a national holiday, The two holidays mean a little bit to mothers and fathers but mean a lot to florists, candy companies and greeting card companies. Here is a detailed history of Father's Day:

Isn't "Dry" an odd name for a product which is liquid? Actually, the word refers to the drink not being sweet, as in a "dry wine."  In 1904, Canadian pharmacist John McLaughlin created a ginger ale which was not as sweet as other brands of ginger ale. He named it "Canada Dry Pale Ginger Ale." The label originally featured a map of Canada. Canada Dry has been owned by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group since 2008.

"Fence material?" is a clever clue for LOOT. "Confirm, as a password" is RETYPE. I never understand why so many websites ask me to enter a password.......and then ask me to re-enter the password. Do they think the password somehow changed after I typed it the first time?

"Brand measured in drops" is VISINE and "Brand with a spokesstork who sounds like Groucho" is VLASIC, two more brand names to go along with Canada Dry and Gorilla Glue. (And please, do not to try to combine any of those four products!)

Mother's Day, Father's Day -- and next is Grandparents Day, which is celebrated each year on the first Sunday after Labor Day:

When do we get a "Crossword Puzzle Solvers Day"? I feel slighted.


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