Please, what’s the joke?

Al Weiss

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Gideon Rappaport responds: The painter Paul Brach told the story that, though he’d grown up in Jewish upper-middle-class New York, he’d spent time in Arizona working on a ranch and had studied at the University of Iowa, among other places. When he was drafted into the Army during WWII, they put him into a horse regiment in Texas. The first day, the sergeant, thinking to use someone as a bad example of riding so he could then whip the group into shape, asked Brach to do something on horseback. He did it. Then he was asked to do something much harder. He did it. The sergeant was not only stymied in his plan for the new recruit to set a bad example but surprised at what this particular recruit could do. When he found out who the recruit was, “What’s a Jew doing on a horse?” was his response.

Why Not A Variety?

In the old days of the Reader, when it was three sections, the “Weekly Puzzle” used to vary in theme. Once a picture puzzle, another a hidden picture, sometimes, rarely, a crossword.

These days, we get a crossword every week. Not only that, but it’s a puzzle that would rank at N.Y. Times Wednesday level at best. Why don’t you run a Saturday-level puzzle once in a while and see how many entrants enter and answer correctly. That number would be informative.

Or, better yet, why not a variety of puzzles?

Rudy Stegmann

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VanjaJames Jan. 2, 2008 @ 5:22 p.m.

Can you ask people about christmas who can't afford to buy presents and stuff next year? I'd like to read something about that.


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