Saturday, December 22, 2012

December 22, 2012

In today's NYT Crossword the clue for 38a is "Like a bugbear" and the answer is DREADED.

Definition of BUGBEAR from Mirriam-Webster:
1: an imaginary goblin or specter used to excite fear
2 a : an object or source of dread
b : a continuing source of irritation : problem

The local Bard in Rex Parker cites Troilus and Cressida , Act IV, scene II:

PANDARUS: Ha! ha! Alas, poor wretch! ah, poor capocchia!
hast not slept to-night? would he not, a naughty
man, let it sleep? a bugbear take him!

Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game features a Bugbear.

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