Thursday, September 25, 2008

Rhyme and Reason

I found this unfinished Guardian quick crossword on a train last month. At least two different people had already had a go at it, but by far my favourite part is that the first person's first answer for 17ac (Water Tortoise (8)) was PORPOISE.

Brilliant! As though the whole of biological taxonomy worked on the basis of rhyme alone. It's a wonder that Darwin bothered going to the Galapagos Islands, he could just have sat at home going "Bat, cat, rat..."