Welcome to Follow-Up Friday!
By this time, you know the drill. Follow-Up Friday is a chance for us to revisit the subjects of previous posts and bring the PuzzleNation audience up to speed on all things puzzly.
And today, I have another brief installment of Puzzles in Pop Culture.
Friend of the Blog Eric Berlin passed along this link about some puzzly fun lurking at the theaters last weekend.
Apparently, the top ten box office draws over the weekend formed a pangram!
For the uninitiated, a pangram is a sentence, paragraph, or other written item that contains all 26 letters in the alphabet. Not only do many puzzlesmiths endeavor to make their puzzles pangrams, but there’s a whole subset of puzzlers dedicated to writing short, hilarious, and immensely crafty sentences featuring all 26 letters.
The classic pangrammatic sentence — one many of us remember from typing class — is “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” But that’s got a lot of repeated letters, and true pangram devotees try to repeat as few letters as possible.
(My personal favorite pangram? “Mr. Jock, TV quiz PhD, bags few lynx.”)
But this weekend, thanks to films like The Equalizer, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, we’ve got a box office pangram!
This is the sort of puzzles-in-plain-sight fun that I love, seeing clever people spot patterns most others would miss.
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