Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Final thoughts on the Stamford final

So the letter that cost Al Sanders the ACPT championship was an L that should have been a B, right? The correct crossing was BEVEL ("carpenter's tool") intersecting with REB ("secesh") (an obscure term for secessionist) and Al had LEVEL (which is certainly a carpenter's tool) and REL, which was not what constructor Stanley Newman had in mind and thus marked wrong. But the famous CLINTON - BOBDOLE puzzle proved that sometimes two different answers are equally valid. Couldn't REL be the initials of Robert E. Lee, the most famous secech in American history? Isn't that equally valid?
Just a thought.

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