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Q: Interpreting NY Times crossword theme ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Interpreting NY Times crossword theme
Category: Reference, Education and News
Asked by: larr4678-ga
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Posted: 26 Jan 2005 16:51 PST
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Question ID: 463941
How do you explain the "Cyberchuckles" theme in the NY Times crossword
puzzle for Sunday, 1/23/05?
Subject: Re: Interpreting NY Times crossword theme
Answered By: markj-ga on 26 Jan 2005 19:22 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
larr4678 --

The titles of the NYT Sunday puzzles always relate to many of the
longer answers in the puzzle grid.  In this week's puzzle. these
answers are all three-word phrases. The first letters of each of the
words in these phrases are "L" "O" and "L", as in "lady of leisure"
(24 across).  As every child and teenager knows instantly, "LOL" means
"laughing out loud" in "cyberspeak."  Hence the title "Cyberchuckles."

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Not being a child or a teenager (by a long shot), I stared at my copy
of the completed puzzle until the answer came to me.

I am confident that this is the correct answer, but if anything is
unclear, please ask for clarification before rating it.

larr4678-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
The answer was received quickly, and it is very clear (now, that is!)
I had never heard of LOL (laughing out loud). Amazing!!

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