The 2009 Person of the Year simply can't be Time Magazine's Ben Bernanke or Frank Rich's Tiger Woods. We choose Tiger's wife, ELIN Nordegren, the new crossword goddess who has taken IRE into uncharted territory. Until recently, an irate person could be described as mad, really mad or hopping mad. But let's say you've just learned of your hubby's mistress count, you grab one of his favorite things (golf club) and start swinging. A new level of "hulking out" has been achieved. You're TIGER'S WIFE MAD.
What's not to like about ELIN Maria Pernilla Nordegren? Consider her poise, her beauty, her silence, her aim. The only criticism seems to revolve around her club choice, that next time she use a driver instead of a three-iron.
On this day--the 96th birthday of the Crossword Puzzle (Arthur Wynne, constructor)--Crossword City names ELIN Nordegren "2009 Person of the Year." Her first name is cruciverbal perfection. ELIN joins ELIA, ELIO, ELIS, ELIE, ELIZ--the squad of four-letter grid words beginning with E-L-I. E?IN, EL?N and ?LIN are also beneficiaries of ELIN The Good.
Solver's Takeaway: Remember ELIN. She's here to stay and joins OONA Chaplin as a famous crossword spouse, also clued in non-spousal terms . . . it's all good.