Christmas Crossword: Rock the Castle

December 27, 2006 at 2:12 am 1 comment

Christmas Day I worked on a crossword from the Washington Post.  It wasn’t an especially festive puzzle.  The theme was a lot of large words or phrases that included “Bah” (as in “Bah, Humbug!”) in them. 

One of the clues was for a song by The Clash.  As luck would have it, that song is fresh in my mind because it is featured in Cingular (?) commercial.  One guy downloaded the song to his cell phone and he and his buddy argue over the words.  They both have them completely mangled– one guy even singing about a “cat box”

I did think the commercial was amusing, but I thought they should have picked a different song.  It was way too obvious what the words really were.  They should have picked a song where the words were more ambigious. 

Back to Christmas Day, I smugly filled in “ROCKTHECASTLE” and moved on with the puzzle.  But, something was wrong.  I had all sorts of struggles with related sections of the puzzle.  Finally, just to outrule what I thought was a very small possibility, I consulted the Internet about the song title.

And…it was at this point, I decided the Cingular producers did pick a good song for their the premise afterall.  I had fallen into the same trap as the guys on the commericial.  Even though in my crossword, I knew I needed BAH in the title.  And most embarassingly, even though the commercial actually shows the song title at the end. 

Sometimes, I guess it’s just hard to compete with first impressions.

(Want me to tie this into ISO 9000 and quality management?  The conclusion shows the importance of having clean work areas and facilities when the auditor comes.  If the auditor’s first impression is the office is in disorder, it is easier for him/her to believe your processes and procedures will be in the same state)

Entry filed under: Crossword, ISO 9000, The Clash.

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  • 1. Clint  |  December 27, 2006 at 2:59 pm

    I don’t know if it’s still up, but was created as a repository for misunderstood lyrics. (It’s a misunderstanding of “Please excuse me as I kiss the sky”, in ‘Purple Haze’ by Jimi Hendrix.)

    I hate crossword puzzles! 🙂

    I was given a Sudoko game for xmas… ugh…. Britt showed how to do those, and… it looks more fun than crossword puzzles, but still — I don’t like playing solitary games. I like social games. . . when possible.


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