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TV Stories

29 June, 2012

OK, promise I’ll leave the TV alone next week. (Call me wistful, but I’m still clinging onto that cathode tube like an ex in denial.) Still, as a droll wrap-up to a tempestuous week, I turn to an idea sparked by National Public Radio in the US.

Can you string TV shows together – past or present – to tell a story, or create an amusing sequence? To set the bar high, proceed to read the winners' ideas from the American contest:

Dexter/ Lost / Lassie / Six Feet Under

Desperate Housewives / In Search of… / Good Times / Kidnapped / Bondi Vet

Father Knows Best / Who’s the Boss? / That’s My Mama

The Nanny / Lost / All My Children

Those last two come from America’s wondrous puzzle-maker Patrick Berry. While you probably sussed the local tweak I added to the second string. But you get the gist. Those four samples are pretty damn good, but we are a crafty bunch. I’m sure we can carve some gems.

(And yes, I did get started early with this game, if you notice 22-across in today’s DA. Talk about voodoo clue! So c'mon crew, let’s have some fun at the box’s expense.)

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