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Author Topic: O no, it's the August 31 crosswords!  (Read 1703 times)


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O no, it's the August 31 crosswords!
« on: August 31, 2015, 04:12:03 PM »
Four famous people with a palindromic last name appear in today's Daily News crossword by D. Scott Nichols and Zhouqin Burnikel. Zhouqin, who usually calls herself C.C., was born in China and came to the United States in 2001. Since 2008, she has maintained the Los Angeles Times' Crossword Corner blog:

The palindromic names: YOKOONO, DARRYLHANNAH, MONICASELES and 1997-2004 CIA director GEORGETENET.

The theme of Janice Luttrell's Los Angeles Times crossword is TAILEND ("Caboose locale"). The first word of each theme answer can follow TAIL: GATEKEEPER, PIPEDREAM, SPINDOCTOR and WINDCHIME.

"Toy on a string" was KITE. Is a kite really a "toy"? I'm not sure. And "Uncle!" was the clue for IGIVE. When someone is surrendering to an attacker, why does he holler "Uncle"? According to the World Wide Words site, the expression derived from a joke first published in 1891. A man's niece gave him a talking parrot. The bird refused to say "Uncle" when commanded and the man wrung its neck. The parrot survived and began wringing the necks of other birds who refused to say "Uncle."

Speaking of's Universal crossword includes a punny statement divided into three llines:


"Uncle! Uncle!" :)


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