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A 4-letter synonym for MERDE

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on Sunday, 29 December 2013 in Uncategorized

A terrible blow. My subscription to the NY Times has become irrevocably screwed up, and now I get no newspaper delivered, and finally I have gotten them to stop billing me for the unarriving paper, but I have yet to rev up my stamina to make the necessary phone call/s that might, if I can get past the electronic menu, get them to start up my subsciption. I want a truce, a no-blame treaty, and I want my NYTimes on my front porch every morning. But it isn't happening yet.

That, however, is not my terrible blow. The blow is this: that this morning I said goodbye to my overnight guest, put on my coat and gloves and hat and boots, and went out to buy the NY Times, maybe a 2-mile drive to the drugstore.  I bought their last copy, and also bought some cough drops, because it is that time of year, and a brand new EnerGel pen for doing the NY Times crossword puzzle, something I have sorely missed during my weeks without it.

And when i got home, I opened up my new pen, poured a fresh cup of coffee, and opened up the NY Times...and WWWAAAAHHH there is no maagzone section in it. Hence, no crossword puzzle.

Okay,  I have the international news, and the Arts and Leisure section, and The News of the Week in Review, and I have Sports, even though I don't really care about the Patriots any more after last week's game. But I do. not. have. the. puzzle.  Abd this is a devastating blow.

I am thinking of going back to bed, even though it is 11 AM.  Yes, I am that sad.

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brenda wyckoff
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brenda wyckoff Sunday, 29 December 2013

Where there is merde, compost cannot be far behind! And for that matter, where is Will Shortz when you need him?!?! Even though it won't solve your problem for today, have you considered getting a copy of Will Shortz Puzzle Master Workout (available on Amazon for $7.43) to have on hand for those crossword withdrawals? I'm guessing your craving is too advanced for online puzzles, and your pain and despondence leave me in desperation. How to help you!?!?! For now, I will have confidence that you are resilient and resourceful. Perhaps you might seize this OPPORTUNITY (this is after all a crisis, you know) and create a puzzle hungry puzzler's challenge!
This morning I felt the post holiday letdown a bit, and your puzzle dilemma has fully ignited my own discomfort. Since I can only hear your pain, I will bake bread and sort my seeds for spring planting. We start our seeds early for March transplanting because Tucson slides from frost to fry in a matter of days.
Happy New Year?? I wish you well with your NY Times puzzles!

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