Thursday, April 12, 2007


Wampeters, Foma & Granfalloons

About a year and a half ago, I was on a plane back from Europe. The young woman in the seat next to me was reading a book, and I asked her what she was reading. She showed me the cover: Slaughterhouse Five. “Ah, I like Vonnegut,” I said. “I read that one in high school, and I really enjoyed it.”

“Oh,” she replied, “I didn't know it was that old.”


Maggie said...

I didn't realize he had died. :-(

James and I happened across the LA Times crossword puzzles a few weeks ago. We don't normally do puzzles, but we became obsessed with this one and had fun solving it together. The puzzles are themed and free if you register with the Times.

One that we did recently was called "first off." The theme of this puzzle is answers derived from another answer with the first letter off. (I can't think of a clearer way to explain that.) There's no explanation of the theme of the puzzle, you have to figure it out.

One clue was "Vonnegut book about a comedy club quartet?"

Barry Leiba said...

Quintet, maybe?

Sounds like an amusing puzzle. I haven't done the LA Times ones, but I do the NY Times (Wed thru Sun) and the Sunday WaPo. (Though I'm quite far behind on them right now, but I have them queued up....)

Maggie said...

Oh, darn, yes -- "quintet!"

I'm not very patient with puzzles or games in general, but I enjoyed the LA Times one because of the theme.