Sunday, July 26, 2009

The News of Will Shortz's Death Is Greatly Exaggerated

Photos of E. Lynn Harris and Will Shortz
As part of my usual Sunday morning ritual, I was lying in bed waiting for the Puzzle, with Will Shortz and Liane Hansen, to begin on NPR.

When they came back from the news break, the announcer said, "Coming up -- we'll have words from the late author E. Lynn Harris, who died on Friday, along with Puzzlemaster Will Shortz."

That final comma -- so easy to see in print -- is not so easy to hear! Which is good news for Shortz.

Unfortunately, the news of Harris's sudden death is not exaggerated.

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