Niagara Gazette — • An intriguing piece on puzzle-designers noted, “Some of the great crossword constructors will try and make a picture with their black squares.” No, they will try TO make a picture. Two-letter word for “prelude to an infinitive.”
• “Otherwise, they’re relegated to nearby side streets, like sophomore Kate Wilson,” according to an article about parking problems at Daemen College in Eggertsville. Taken literally, this suggests that three years short of her degree, Katie has had a street named for her. Then there’s the matter of “like” as opposed to such as. Here, two sentences get there faster than one:
“Otherwise, they’re relegated to nearby side streets. Sophomore Katie Williams says, ‘Etc., etc.’ “
• “Writing in her passive shrug voice, Penny Marshall’s memoir is one of a career built on no great striving,” said a reviewer of Marshall’s “My Mother Was Nuts.” That construction suggests that the memoir wrote itself. Either “Written in her passive shrug voice…” or “Penny pens a memoir, etc.” would restore sanity.
And we’d be nuts to go on. Class dismissed. Cheers. Come visit. Bring ice.Polly and DougE-mail email@example.com