July 1, 2016

The day the NYT crossword gave "Teases, in older usage" as a clue for "LOLITAS"...

... and Rex Parker limited his usual write-up of the puzzle to:
Lolita was 12 years old.

She was extensively sexually abused by her stepfather.

I guess she shouldn't have "teased" him?

See you tomorrow.

Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld

P.S. if you want something more to read, try this.
And "this" goes to "Why Is the New York Times Crossword So Clueless About Race and Gender?," a Slate article from June 28th, provoked by Tuesday's puzzle that had the clue "Decidedly non-feminist women’s group" for "HAREM" (which was "was unnecessary and awful while also managing to be demeaning to both sex workers and women in sex slavery").

26 comments:

Birkel said...

Hammers in search of nails, news at eleven.

David said...

Lolita is a very complex book, not concerned with moral certainties. Not a text for the current hour.

Fernandinande said...

I hereby signal my virtue.

Fernandinande said...

The constructors are also overwhelmingly white.

Oh, the horror.

campy said...

The constructors are also overwhelmingly white.

So are most of the puzzle squares.

SGT Ted said...

6 down - Fornicating quietness

Answer - Shut the fuck up.

Earnest Prole said...

Peak Slate: "When solvers sense a gap between their own sensibilities and the puzzle’s, they feel betrayed."

n.n said...

Transsocial.

Sebastian said...

Do SJWs know what "teasing" means?

"Decidedly non-feminist women’s group" The Althouse commentariat?

Ambrose said...

Aggressive concern about the fate of fictional characters - priceless.

campy said...

Aggressive concern about the fate of fictional characters - priceless.

Fictional Lives Matter!

robother said...

Who died and made Rex Parker king of "cross world"?

Freeman Hunt said...

I hope this piece inspires many more amusing clues.

Freeman Hunt said...

Think now on all the trafficked slaves heartbroken and scorned by the harem clue in the NYT crossword.

(Who, by the way, is being insensitive to such people? The guy who writes the harem joke or the person who thinks trafficked women are so like women in harems that they should be offended?)

Saint Croix said...

And here is the teaser trailer!

MikeD said...

And I tho't I didn't have a life!

rastajenk said...

Next they came for the puzzle constructors, but I said nothing, cause dammit, I'm not one of those either.

And when they came for the sudoku community, it was too late.

Terry said...

Lolita had all of the power because Humbert Humbert loved her, and she did not love him back.

chrisnavin.com said...

'Reading between the lines...

MayBee said...

We've gone from the rubes being the people who thought a 12 year old shouldn't be having sex with her stepfather, to the rubes being the people who think a 12 year old would have sex with her stepfather.

We've gone in this morality loop, where the old moral thinking is the new moral thinking, but if you base your morality on the old reasons, you are the enemy. There are a lot of old liberals caught in the middle of the loop.

MayBee said...

If you want a great example, watch Pretty Baby. Or don't watch it, because it's terribly uncomfortable. But remember it. At the time, naked sexy 12 year old Brooke Shields was shocking to the rubes, who just didn't get the art and were stuck in their Victorian morality.

damikesc said...

"Decidedly non-feminist women’s group" for "HAREM" (which was "was unnecessary and awful while also managing to be demeaning to both sex workers and women in sex slavery").

Recognizing that bad shit happened in the past is now verboten? Fucking Hell, 1984 was not a damned how-to novel.

I guess our intellectual betters have decided to stop reading books.

Mind you, Dan Quayle was lambasted for, basically, this same thing. Except his criticism was for the impact of pop culture on a fairly popular TV show airing at the time, not a classic novel from a century prior.

sykes.1 said...

Now I know why I like the NYT crossword puzzle.

campy said...

Recognizing that bad shit happened in the past is now verboten?

No, it's fine as long as you blame it on the US republican party.

Char Char Binks said...

Females love to tease, and they start young, as soon as they figure it out, or it just comes naturally to them.. Twelve seems like a late start.

Crazy Jane said...

The more apt critique of the NYT crosswords is that they are becoming the domain of plays on common words and pop culture references. The same applies to New Yorker cartoons, which aren't as funny as they used to be.