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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

The Star Word Puzzle Is Back Again

I noticed the Star is doing that Word Puzzle thing again. I think this is the third time they are doing this. The first two years were in a form of a Crossword puzzle, this time round they’ve simplified it to a linear puzzle. All to achieve the sole purpose of selling more newspapers (as if they have any REAL competitiors).

I remember the last time they had this contest. Man, some people were really CRAZY about it. Some of my colleagues bought a bundle (yes, one BUNDLE) of the Star newspaper every morning. And they used like 5 different dictionaries and thesaurus (real and electronic) just to do one puzzle.

Then in some areas of the city, there were literally traffic jams in front of the roadside newspaper stall. Yep, all those ah peks and Indian boys sure did brisk business during those months.

The problem with the contest was that it was a set in such a way that every answer was a possibility between two or more choices. The clues given always vague and debatable. So the only way to have a better chance of winning would be – send in multiple entries. And to do that, you need… to… buy… more… newspapers.

Anyway, like I said the clues were really vague and iffy. If you’re expecting clues like these:

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Clue:
It’s the thorny, local king of the fruits

Puzzle:
D U R I A __


Answer:
Only a moron would answer DURIAK.

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Or if y
ou were thinking something like this:

Clue:
Lassie and Fido are examples of this faithful animal. Also, in Malay it’s called an anjing.”


Puzzle:
D __ G

Answer:
I’ll give you a clue. It’s not “DAG”.

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What you’ll REALLY get is something like this:

Clue:
A strong emotion.

Puzzle:
__ __ __ E

Answer:
HATE? LOVE? DOTE? OGRE? MICE? PETE? Yeah, send 200 entries a week and you’ll cover all the possibilities.

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And they say these puzzles are to ‘reward’ the readers? Ingenious, aren’t these marketing people?




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9 Comments:

  • What are you talking about? A Duriak is an incredible fruit! It's very much like a durian, except that it is completely different...

    By Blogger sashi, at 7/19/2005 02:15:00 pm  

  • Haha! The clue is not that bad lah!

    By Blogger Jason, at 7/19/2005 02:50:00 pm  

  • These stoooopid puzzles damn sui one. My parents would only collect ONE set, then make me help them fill it up. Oh the pressure!

    By Blogger Jay, at 7/19/2005 03:50:00 pm  

  • what to do...
    their fault to make those puzzles.
    our fault to fall for them.

    By Blogger yuin, at 7/19/2005 07:33:00 pm  

  • Pakated with post office liao mah. Make sure hor, people will send more posts to them.

    By Blogger kiasi, at 7/19/2005 10:47:00 pm  

  • Oi, durian is sacred, cannot play-play with the name one.

    By Blogger 5xmom ~chanlilian.net~, at 7/19/2005 11:09:00 pm  

  • sashi - hmmm... this duriak, is that the one that smells like HEAVEN but tastes like HELL?

    jason - yes, but something like that la!

    jay - but you know, it only takes ONE entry to win the big prize!

    yuin - some people will believe anything...

    kiasi - the lines at the PO were also unbelieveable. i'm surprised they didn't jack up the price to RM1.

    5xmom - ok, ok, i'll use RAMBUTAK next time.

    By Blogger Simon, at 7/20/2005 08:11:00 am  

  • Is "puke" an emotion?

    By Blogger sexymama, at 7/20/2005 03:15:00 pm  

  • sexymama - when you're doing the puzzle, yes, 'puke' is an emotion. Like, 'I feel so puke doing this...'

    By Blogger Simon, at 7/20/2005 03:20:00 pm  

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