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    14 Jan '19 16:402 edits
    Posting here because P&P forum is too quiet.

    Received this yesterday from a friend:

    “I've just finished working a NY Times Sunday crossword (couple of weeks old), and although I completed the puzzle, I can't figure out the "inside joke" it contains. The title of the puzzle is "Breaking News" and the answers to the 8 starred clues were: hollywood ending, eye opener, arctic front, ring leader, jump start, stole third, rehab center, any second. The inside joke clue (117 across) was "Things used for dumping... or a literal hint to the answers to the starred clues?" and this answer turned out to be "dear john letters". I cannot see the connection. Can you 'splain it?”

    I had no idea, so slept on it and got it straightaway when I looked again.
  2. Standard memberHandyAndy
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    14 Jan '19 18:05
    @js357 said
    Posting here because P&P forum is too quiet.

    Received this yesterday from a friend:

    “I've just finished working a NY Times Sunday crossword (couple of weeks old), and although I completed the puzzle, I can't figure out the "inside joke" it contains. The title of the puzzle is "Breaking News" and the answers to the 8 starred clues were: hollywood ending, eye opener, arcti ...[text shortened]... Can you 'splain it?”

    I had no idea, so slept on it and got it straightaway when I looked again.
    Reveal Hidden Content
    The eight starred clues spell out D-E-A-R-J-O-H-N (e.g., Hollywood ending = D; Eye opener = E; and so forth...).
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    14 Jan '19 18:36
    @HandyAndy

    Correct.
  4. Standard memberHandyAndy
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    @js357 said

    Correct.
    It was the Sunday puzzle of January 6.
  5. Dumnonia
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    14 Jan '19 22:001 edit
    @HandyAndy

    HandyAndy
    This was my first thought but..

    Reveal Hidden Content
    hollywood ending, D, I eye opener, E, arctic front, A, ring leader, R, jump start, J, stole third, O, rehab center, H, any second. N. The letters do not come from the same place in each word.
  6. Standard memberHandyAndy
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    14 Jan '19 22:451 edit
    @divegeester said
    @HandyAndy

    HandyAndy
    This was my first thought but..

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    Reveal Hidden Content
    They need not come from the same place in each word. Hollywood ending refers to the last letter of Hollywood (d), eye opener refers to the first letter of eye, etc. The others all have similar location clues. Capiche?
  7. Dumnonia
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    14 Jan '19 23:57
    @handyandy said
    Capiche?
    Yep!
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