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November 18, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

ANOTHER CROSSWORD PUZZLE!....I was browsing through my blog files the other day and came across something I'd forgotten about. Back in May Gina Cooper asked me if I'd create a crossword puzzle for the YearlyKos journal she was putting together for the convention. That sounded like fun so I went ahead and did it. However, the journal never came together and eventually the whole thing slipped my mind until I ran across it again yesterday.

But there's no point in wasting a perfectly good crossword puzzle, is there? So here it is: the unofficial 2007 YearlyKos crossword puzzle. It's a PDF, so just click the link and print it out. Note that this puzzle is (a) themed, (b) easier than the one I posted last year, and (c) higher in quality, too, since there are no made-up words. There are two slightly obscure words that I couldn't quite work my way around, but nothing remotely as ridiculous as EAAT or SESSR, which I used in my first puzzle.

Have fun! Answers tomorrow. UPDATE: Solution here.

BY THE WAY: Feel free to chat about the puzzle and impugn my grasp of the English language in comments. Those of you who don't want to risk seeing any hints should stay away from the comment thread until you're finished.

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Kevin,

Does it have "arete" or "adit" in it? If it does, then I have no interest.

Posted by: Yancey Ward on November 18, 2007 at 1:55 PM | PERMALINK

[IP Check Reveals that American Hawk is posting as Al.]

Posted by: Al on November 18, 2007 at 2:01 PM | PERMALINK

[Deleted. Handle Hijack by American Hawk]

Posted by: Al on November 18, 2007 at 2:12 PM | PERMALINK

What's a four-letter word that means "hopelessly incompetent fuck-up" and starts with B and ends with "sh"?

Posted by: The Conservative Deflator on November 18, 2007 at 3:25 PM | PERMALINK

[Deleted. Handle Hijack by American Hawk]

Posted by: Al on November 18, 2007 at 3:31 PM | PERMALINK

Not bad -- it was easy relative to the NYT (which you probably intended) but there were some interesting clues and the "?" ones weren't too bogus. The one flaw I'd point out is that you used too many plurals of nouns that would never be pluralized in real life. Also, I would rewrite the 3 Down clue as "kid's vehicle".

The answer for 59 Across has two common spellings -- you need one for the puzzle theme, and I've seen the other more often. But Google shows more hits for your spelling, by almost a 2-1 ratio.

Posted by: daveMB on November 18, 2007 at 3:36 PM | PERMALINK

Only one man still drops to his knees to fellate the Deserter in Chief...That you Hawk? Sure sounds like you.

(Oh mods...you might want to check up on this incarnation of "Al")

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka G.C.) on November 18, 2007 at 4:04 PM | PERMALINK

[Deleted, banned troll]

Posted by: Al on November 18, 2007 at 4:06 PM | PERMALINK

What a fucking loser. Almost as pathetic as the loser, cocaine-adled loser you have a big ole man-crush on. And did I mention that you are a loser? What a pathetic life you must not have...Banned for a year and you still feel compelled to come here and fling crap. Like I said, you, Hawkie-poo are a LOSER.

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka G.C.) on November 18, 2007 at 4:14 PM | PERMALINK

No made up words is definitely a plus to qualify as better than another puzzle!

Posted by: Don Quixote on November 18, 2007 at 4:15 PM | PERMALINK

worked OK for me. One across could be various things.

Posted by: Bob G on November 18, 2007 at 4:33 PM | PERMALINK

11 letter word that completes this phrase:

Administration's offenses ___________


IMPEACHABLE!

Posted by: consider wisely always on November 18, 2007 at 5:54 PM | PERMALINK

Well done, Kevin

Posted by: reino on November 18, 2007 at 5:56 PM | PERMALINK

I've been doing crosswords for 15 yrs- and I've never seen the answer to 59 Across before. Clever, deft touch, and even replete with a Q.

Also thought 21 Down was clever- the clue is political, topical and cute.

Posted by: kreiz` on November 18, 2007 at 9:56 PM | PERMALINK

I didn't recognize the theme until I was finished. But, it made me feel certain that I had 36 down correct, even though I don't have cable and have never seen Animal Planet.

Posted by: emmarose on November 18, 2007 at 10:41 PM | PERMALINK

Pretty easy actually, good relaxation after the drive from Porterville. But I don't know what pinko scar is even though I worked it out going the other way. I had a nice weekend with everyone.

Posted by: Mom on November 19, 2007 at 1:42 AM | PERMALINK

I suppose it's a contraction of "pinko oscar". If the clue has a question mark after it . . .

arkose -- it gets in your shorts
Oshkosh -- named after a four hundred pound Menominee chief, this city is now famous for it's chocolates.
keepkosher -- why it's not pigturducken
kosovo -- major liberal foreign policy disaster

Posted by: B on November 19, 2007 at 8:11 AM | PERMALINK

'Made-up words?'

Who the hell does that on a crossword puzzle?

Posted by: brian on November 19, 2007 at 9:54 AM | PERMALINK

I liked Pinko Oscar. Another nice clue.

Posted by: kreiz on November 19, 2007 at 12:19 PM | PERMALINK

not bad. some vaguely iffy feeling clues, at least in the sense that they wouldn't be in the NYT, but still good. about tuesday NYT difficulty.

Posted by: rqz on November 19, 2007 at 3:05 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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