Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I Came, I Saw, iPad

Journalists have been going to town with Moses/Steve Jobs wordplay today. Both men are associated with nonpharmaceutical-grade tablets. Hours ago, Jobs rolled out Apple's new tablet computer, the iPad.

Steve has figured out the crossword puzzle thing. Sony's 7-letter WALKMAN seldom appears in crosswords: only once in New York Times puzzles since 1993, according to Jim Horne's superb NYT puzzle database. But Steve's 4-letter IPOD fits perfectly into every constructor's pocket protector -- IPOD (introduced in 2001) shows up 25 times as an answer.

As a new crossword term, the IPAD adds value to a very limited 4-letter combination that inclues grid regulars IPOD and IHAD. Be still my heart. It takes so little to make a constructor's day. Steve, you're the apple of my eye.

Earlier today, super-smart Steve unveiled the new tablet before an audience of puzzlemakers. The wolf whistles and thunderous applause occured seconds after the sweaty-palmed constructors added IPAD to their wordlists:

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