In Which None of the Readers of the New York Times Know the Answer to 79 Down

My own moral compass for doing the Sunday NY Times crossword allows me to Google the answer if I’m really, really, stuck. Or, you know, just sick of trying to figure it out. So tonight, stumped, I Googled 79 Down, “radio letter Nan and Peter.”

Turns out I’m not the only one:

Google Search

The amazing thing? Search peaks at 4 a.m. New York time. So now we know what everyone’s doing when they come home from the bars.

Oh, and to save you the trouble: The answer is “oboe”, not, as you might think, “oscar.” According to our Wikipedia friends, “oboe” is the way you say “o” in the Joint Army/Navy Phonetic Alphabet, developed in 1941.

2 Comments on In Which None of the Readers of the New York Times Know the Answer to 79 Down

  1. Didn’t they phase out that alphabet for a new one?

  2. Yeah, they went with the NATO standard in the 60s. Stupid crossword–I kept thinking it was “Oscar”, which is what it is now

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