Dead tree solving - eco edition! 
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Perfect for rebus puzzles, like this one from a recent Thursday NYTimes puzzle. Use a stylus, for the feel of really writing, or just use your fingertip - it is remarkably easy and is your real writing... I filled this one out using my finger - the stylus is just there for show. (The rebus was MAN - as in TAXMAN at 54D...) If you would like to try it out, click on "About Me" on this page and send me an email.


Here is a discussion on those answers that, for a moment, make us feel wonderfully smug and clever, only to discover, often after much wrestling and denial, that they are, in fact, wrong!  
Thanks BlogSpotRemover for this enlightened and honest admission.  Find more of funny wrong answers here.

Blogger BlogSpotRemover (!) or (?) said...

Has anyone ever felt annoyed, or, in the far more oft-used x-word simile, I R K E D, when their own mental "answer", while very, very wrong, seems better/funnier/wittier/Federer(er)/whateverer than the right answer? Given my aversion to right answers, this is personally a fleeting/evanescent emotion. Yet it EXISTS! NB: This is not ego or hubris, I do not possess them, nor know what they are; more of a "this-just-makes-more-sense-than-the-right-one" vibe. A case, if you will, in point: the clue of 9d "Hull of the Constitution". I didn't consider that this may be a clever pun on a Framer of our founding document (he's not, it turns out), rather a person who served on the ship. Not considering any of these permutations (and not realising this well-crafted entendre doĆ¼ble) it read to me as a nickname, perhaps, as the physical hull of the physical ship. That's the one they called Old Ironsides, right? So, the only thing that seemed to fit was......... I R O N I C. As in, poetically forged/hewn/graven of elemental Fe, but on top o'that, I R O N I C in that (though not researched) I figure the actual hull was not actually made of Fe, but some sort of salty sea-title (yarrrrgghh) bestowed upon her due to her resillience to cannonballs/attacks. I'm quite sure her hull was wooden. Thus ironic in that sense: "Made-of-metal-but-not-really". Of course, the punchline being that I R O N I C doesn't fit, being 1 measly letter too long. But, when you're so in love w/ your answer (of course, wrong), yer not gonna let the fact that it doesn't actually FIT get in your way, right? I am new to this startlingly edifying pastime, so I'm just interested if I'm the only person that's proud of an answer, despite it being in fact wrong. It's just so fecklessly funny, kind of like how Arthur Dent (The Hitchhikers Guide...) is as well..... 

Apol. for the long post. Sorry. I'm new to this remarkably fun phenomenon...

2:47 AM
Link to original Rex Parker entry here.

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