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  1. When he said “it,” Grimm was referring to 15 across. Attila answered assuming “it” referred to the overall thing they are looking at.

    It’s not a great joke.

  2. I think ianosmond already explained the joke, but I wonder whether it was supposed to be significant that “crosswordpuzzle” has exactly 15 letters.

  3. Wait! Attila is the cat, the Boston Terrier is Ralph. If Peter’s can’t keep his own characters straight, how can we expect him to craft a punchline?

  4. “Wait! Attila is the cat, the Boston Terrier is Ralph. If Peter’s can’t keep his own characters straight, how can we expect him to craft a punchline?”

    Huh? that *is* Attila the cat…..

  5. ‘I wonder whether it was supposed to be significant that “crosswordpuzzle” has exactly 15 letters.’

    He’s pointing to the words “crossword puzzle” at the top of the page, so perhaps so. Also, most daily puzzles are 15 blocks square.

    “Wait! Attila is the cat, the Boston Terrier is Ralph.”

    I do believe you’re right. I guess both Grimm & Ralph are having senior moments.

  6. How weird. I swear for the last several years, I’ve been seeing that character (whose jowls bug me) being called Attila and referred to as a cat. But a little googling…

  7. “You’d better tell the Captain we’ve got to land as soon as we can. This woman has to be gotten to a hospital.”

    “A hospital? What is it?”

    “It’s a big building with patients, but that’s not important right now.”

  8. You know it’s bad when random callbacks to “Airplane” are funnier than the comic in question.

  9. Ugh; I meant to say: “Attila”? I accidentally put my ‘?’ inside the quotes, completely destroying the meaning of my post. I was wondering why it was being ignored. (I usually don’t wonder. :-))

    (The WordPress gods even gave me a chance to correct it when I rewrote the whole thing, thinking I’d hit a wrong button.)

  10. ooo, I got a smile emoticon past WordPress’s absolute no-emoticon crackdown. There’s a freedom of expression crack in the crackdown!

  11. Grawlix — random callbacks to “Airplane!” are funnier than most things. I admit that my group of friends may not be a typical cross-section of American culture, but I know people whose *parents* weren’t born when the movie came out who instinctively respond to “Surely you’re joking!” with “Don’t call me Shirley.”

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