We don’t know about you, but frankly, we’re a bit miffed that puzzlers have such a boring reputation. For us on the inside, we think of solving puzzles as one of the most thrilling, exciting activities out there. For the rest of the world, the only time puzzles are exciting is once every Oscar cycle when movies like Hidden Figures or The Imitation Game come out. They’re undoubtedly exciting, but it’s a real shame that the rest of the year consists of puzzlers hiding out listening to NPR and being thought of as rather quaint and old fashioned.
So, we were delighted to see this next news story making puzzles a bit naughtier for a moment. As with many papers around the US and Europe, China’s main newspaper, which is run by the Communist Party and titled “The People’s Daily”, runs a regular crossword puzzle. This year, to mark the first week of January, they decided to run a special New Year’s word search puzzle in place of the crossword. “What do you see”, asked the paper? Well, as it turned out, there were many, many interesting words to be seen.
As internet readers clicked on the puzzle, they started noticing all manner of rude words popping up, from “masturbate” to “sucker” to the classic, “testicle.” The People’s Daily didn’t release an official comment, but they were quoted in a Hong Kong newspaper as having said that they simply hadn’t had time to edit the puzzle before publication.
We aren’t going to cite the rest of the found words here, because in our opinion, that would spoil the puzzle! All it takes is a quick Google search to find the original, which was quickly removed from the paper’s official Twitter account. If you’re feeling a bit petulant, we guarantee it’s worth your while.
Happy New Year, People’s Daily!