Saturday, December 24, 2016

Those crosswords

On Game Show Paradise a poster commented that Wheel of Fortune has a new category: "Outside the Box."

Uh, no, as another poster pointed out. The category was actually WoF's crossword puzzle, as the screenshot shows. The line at the bottom is the clue to the crossword, which is why they label it the "clue." In case you're wondering, the four words in the solution were ribbon, bow, wrapping and tape.

The other poster said that maybe Wheel should put the name of the category, crossword, at the bottom of the screen along with the clue. I dunno, that would probably clutter things up without making things any clearer.

For what it's worth, I like the new category. It's a nice break in the routine and it pays off to nail letters in more than one word. But it probably does come as a disorienting surprise to somebody who's never seen it before.

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