Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A.M.Stir

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

A.M.Stir

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Byline: DAVID CRUMPLER

RANT

AT A LOSS FOR WORDS

There are two types of people in the world: those who find crossword puzzles easy to work, and those who don't. I start out the week thinking I'm a member of the first group, but as the week progresses (and the puzzles we print in this section get more difficult), I know I belong to the second. By Saturday, I'm sullen and resentful over what I consider to be a plethora (an eight-letter word for overabundance) of unfairly obscure clues. I'm supposed to know Former coin of Spain? Or Prince married to Yaroslavna, in opera? Where's The Thin Man's dog when you need it?

There nothing wrong with a good challenge. But my ego could stand a few more gives mixed in with the clues I'll never get. If every crossword puzzle would have the following, then at least I'd feel some sense of mental acuity (a six-letter word for keenness).

Director Kazan.

Actor Mineo.

Songstress Minnelli.

Is that so wrong? What's another word for whine?

MUST-FLEE TV

SHOWS WE WON'T BE SEEING ON TV THIS FALL

'HOUSE'

Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) and the crew at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital are stretched to the limit. A visiting office supply salesman accidentally staples his finger. As a nurse is cleaning the superficial cut, Dr. House walks in and - seeing the way the man's skin crinkles when the Band-Aid is applied - diagnoses him with a disease so rare it doesn't have a name. It has no symptoms, no cure and causes no health problems.

A woman who once dated a man who looks nothing like Dr. House is determined to have 3-@hydroxyacyl-coa dehydrogenase deficiency, but that's too hard to pronounce, so they say it's the flu and send her to another medical television show.

A third person, visiting the emergency room because of a minor skin rash, runs screaming from the room when Dr. House walks in. "You find bad stuff," he shouts.

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