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There was a kerfuffle over a recent NYT crossword puzzle, and the debate ended up getting airtime on The Colbert Report.

I thought you all might enjoy seeing it. Scroll down to see the vid.

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Will never said a cross word until he took it in the Shortz.


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If he tours the country, it'll be a Shortz circuit.


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I think he comes up Shortz when compared to predecessors Maleska, Weng & Farrar. Haven't enjoyed one much since last March's riff on Spoonerisms...
 
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It does seem to me that the "illin" could be the clue for "Wack, in hip-hop," at least by Shortz's explanation. Can't say I've heard of "illin" before, though. Has anyone here?

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Somehow I doubt that most Wordcrafters are of the correct age group to be au fait with current youthful slang. Wink


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I'm in my fifties; I've heard both illin' and wack used by people who are not hip-hop artists. I work for a company most of whose employees are in their twenties and thirties.


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I'll ask my kids. Of course I had heard of wack, just not illin.
 
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I thought illin was someone who went to a college in your state, Kalleh. As for wack, if you add "off" to it, I understand it.


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illin' and wack


This is pretty old slang. I seem to remember it from the 80s.
 
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I've heard wack, but not illin.


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