Corrections to ERRATA in Crosswordese: A Guide to the Weird and Wonderful Language of Crossword Puzzles

While I tried my best to make Crosswordese as accurate a book as possible, to ERR, as they say, is [To be human]. But let me say too that I deeply regret each [Blunder].

In a small measure to ATONE for the fact that my steaks were mad mistakes were made, I’ll use this space to try to [Square things] and [Right wrongs] by pointing out the errata in the book and correcting it here.

(If you find errors in the book not listed here, please contact me about it.)

p21Mike Shenk, not Mark Shenk
p28[“Dumb, dumb, dumb!”], not [“Dumb. dumb, dumb!”]
p58Ben Tausig, not Ben Tausing
p184The “biggest losers” list* should include DIDO at #2 and the rappers MIA and NAS as tied for #5. (That’s right, somehow M.I.A. is M.I.A.). The correct list should be:

=5. Mathangi Arulpragasam > MIA (15%)
=5. Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones > NAS (15%)
4. Sia Kate Isobelle Furler › SIA (14%)
3. Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí Doménech › DALI (10%)
2. Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O’Malley Armstrong > DIDO (9.75%)
1. Lawrence Tureaud › T (7%)
pp198 & 278(the great) Nancy Salomon, not Nancy Solomon
p233[LiMu ___: bird in Liberty Mutual TV ads], not [LiMu ___: bird in Liberty Mutual TV]
p248[“Beetle Bailey dog], not [“Beetle Bailey dog]
p278Sam Ezersky, not Sam Ezerski
Back Cover“Is That a Word?: From AA to ZZZ…,” not “Is That a Word?: From AAA to ZZZ…”
*Some readers have asked why ENO is not included, pointing out that his full name is Brian Peter George St. Jean le Baptiste de la Salle Eno. True, that would put him at about 7%, but he’s excluded because he goes by “Brian Eno,” not just “Eno” (as opposed to, say, Sia Kate Isobelle Furler, who goes by SIA.)