Because it was raining when they arrived, I decided we should do a project conceived, by Taylor Spong, whom I met when I did the PVC string sculpture. The premise was simple: use the tiles on the wall of the subway to make a giant crossword puzzle. This way, instead of having each commuter filling out his or her own newspaper crossword puzzle individually, the subway platform could work as a team to complete the crossword together. And maybe we could even make the commute just a little bit fun.
As soon as we started taping up the grid for the crossword puzzle, people were intrigued. At first folks were hesitant to participate or would stick the paper letters to the wall and quickly walk away. But the South Carolinians turned on their southern charm and soon even the grumpiest New York commuters got into it by arguing with each whether the “world’s most popular pet” is a cat or a dog.
See how you fare with the subway crossword! Remember, there’s no internet access underground, just a lot of people from all over the world.
Across 4. Trip at 9; trip at 5 7. Metropolitan on the L 8. Building blocks of hadrons 9. Most popular pet in the world 12. By any other name smells as sweet 13. “The Bambino” 15. pachyderm 16. Founder of Theatre of the Oppressed 19. Hebrew name meaning “He will laugh” 21. Had a vision of our Lady of Guadalupe 22. Ancient Emperor of Persia 23. Sanskrit word meaning “union” Down 1. Spanish “palabra” in English 2. A friendly embrace 3. Safe place for wildlife 5. Home continent of Queen Dido and St. Augustine 6. Ten pin 9. End of G 10. Star of Mexican Mural Movement 11. Formerly Edo 14. 3 is 1, 1 is 3 17. All you need is ___ 18. Both in the ear and pleasing to it 20. Has 8 protons in its nucleus