To Flummox or Not to Flummox

This Wonderful Thing is a crossword puzzle that appeared in The New York Times on 16 Dec 2021.

This puzzle, written by Trenton Charlson, is a geek's paradise. As an homage to the game of Boggle, Charlson's four long answers are all synonyms of "flummox"; the center 16 squares are highlighted grey. When the grid is successfully completed, the center 16 squares appear as a Boggle board, from which three of the four flummoxing answers can be derived, using Boggle rules! Hilarious! Tricky! Flummoxing! The Times added a little widget to illustrate the Boggle actions, but the construction is simply lovely with or without it.

This puzzle is nearly as good as Jeremiah Farrell's famous puzzle that ran on election day, November 5, 1996. A clue read "Lead story in tomorrow's paper (!)" and it could be answered correctly "Clinton Elected" or "Bob Dole Elected". Considerable confusion and laughter occurred on both sides of the political spectrum. Farrell's legendary crossword is magic and we were all in hog heaven and flummoxed until the big reveal. Might it have affected voter turnout? Who knows.

Congrats to Trenton Charlson! Hurrah and huzzah!!
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Created by KKris. Last Modification: Friday 17 of December, 2021 08:45:28 EST by KKris.