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Meh 11

10 June, 2011

Was it me? Maybe I woke up feeling grumpy, but a month back, Times 8971 really rubbed me the wrong way. In fact it debbur me, with three Meh clues in a single puzzle.

For newcomers, Meh looks at clues that don’t measure up, for reasons I explore below. If you agree, then amen. If you don’t, then mount a counter-claim. Either way, see if you can concoct a slicker alternative – I dare you.

  1. Writer gives us news on economist = WORDSMITH [Times 8971 – Smith the economist is called Smith because his ancestors once smithed things, just as wordsmiths do….Am I grumpy?]

  2. Writer of poetry filling king and partner with desire = HENRY LONGFELLOW [Same puzzle, and kindred beef. Henry the king = Henry the poet = Henry Bloody Rollins. And fellow isn’t a real leap either.]

  3. Mostly dry region, a part of US = ARIZONA [Ditto Times. So how do we know to truncate ZONE? The doubly duty of ‘mostly’ is mainly unfair.]

  4. Left an aquatic bird light = LANTERN [As surface sense goes, this effort from Shed is a dead albatross.]

  5. Braying beast making a fool of a woman = SHE-ASS [Brummie, a bit of karaoke for you: She’s Once, Twice, Three Times the Same She.]

  6. Conspicuous person calling for taxi’s public announcement device = LOUDHAILER [Is not a person hailing a cab equivalent to a megaphone hailing a crowd? Maybe I need a lie down.]

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