Monthly Archives: September 2007

Whew — problem solved!

You might recall the recent controversy surrounding Best Buy: It seems that the company had a secret intranet designed to look exactly like the main Web site… so that in-store computers and kiosks would display higher prices than what you saw at home. Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal was not amused, saying as he prepared […]
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One man, one vote

Unless you’re an elected representative in Texas. Then it’s all the votes you can grab.
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Review in Ellery Queen

Steve Breen writes in the December issue… The titular 12-year-old (no relation to this reviewer) didn’t realize the ornate wooden box he gave his younger sister for her birthday had a puzzle concealed in its secret compartment, or that he’d have to join with a variety of sometimes threatening grown-ups to figure out its meaning. […]
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What a splendid use of their time

House panel debates hip-hop lyrics
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We’ve come a long way from “Wash me”

A more impressive use of dusty cars.
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Ahmadinejad in New York

You know what I hate most about Ahmadinejad? His name. At least when Qaddafi was the world’s main madman, you could spell his name any old way, and no one could say you were wrong. Ahmadinejad you have to keep looking up. My blogging time is precious. I don’t want to have to waste any […]
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Yes, it’s another crossword puzzle marriage proposal

The Boston Globe this time.
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“Service?”

New service eavesdrops on Internet calls.
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Make it snappy

A fast-painting artist. There’s a wonderful moment when “What the heck is he doing?” turns into “Holy freaking crap, that’s amazing!” (Thanks to Adam.)
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I may have sold myself a little too well

My event at Books & Books in Miami is now officially listed on their Web site: Winston Breen finds puzzles everywhere, even on pizzas, and solving them is what he does best. But when his sister uncovers mysterious wooden strips with words and letters that even Winston can’t figure out, the entire family is obsessed. […]
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