Dear Congressperson,
I solved this puzzle - can you?

Offensive Line

October 28, 2015

Send it to Congress

This should happen: at first glance, you look at this week’s grid and think “Colorful!” and so you start to solve the puzzle and you’re thinking “This isn’t too hard!” because its gimmick reveals itself almost instantly and you’re moving your way through it and you’re thinking “Yeah, easy-breezy and fun!” and then, out of nowhere, you discover that one of the puzzle’s answers is hugely offensive. Deeply and painfully offensive.

The idea for the puzzle came last Sunday afternoon while watching TV when the answer’s name was spoken again and again and again and … please, never again.

In 2014, 50 U.S. senators signed a letter asking that the offensive answer’s name be changed. No Republicans signed the letter (apparently, it went out before any were asked) while all but five Democrats put their signatures on it. The five Democrats who abstained were Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly and Mark Pryor. At the time, Senator Manchin declared he had been a fan of the offensive answer since the 1960s, adding “I just don’t have the same passion” others have about changing its name.

Solve the puzzle. Then click on one of the tabs below the grid to use Twitter or email and send the following message: “Dear Senator Manchin, I solved this puzzle — can you?”

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