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February 23, 2005


The Wall Street Mystery has been solved.  Fellow cruciverbalist, Linda Braun, realized that some letters needed to be “ripped” from the bigger words… 

Here's what I think is going on in the Wall Street Journal puzzle.  All the answers are extensions of phrases that employ letters.  The Fahrenheitstop is an extension of F-stop (camera focal length setting).  Similarly, the other words are extensions of middle C (note most of us can reach), A battery (middling small power source), K-rations (chewy camp chow), G-string (thongy thingy), V-eight (vroom motor), and maitre d (server with nose in air).

Congratulations Linda.  Thank you, Harvey Estes, for the clever puzzle.  Thank you, Linda Seebach, for the question.

Paul Stynsberg, © 2004