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793.73: VOX POPULI

Douglas Davey is our cryptic crossword creator and puzzler extraordinaire. This month, 793.73 offers us up a “crossward” themed around some of the hosts and journalists from throughout the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s history. The answer to each hint fits into one of the rows of the acrostic below, but it’s up to you to sort out where.  

As always, follow the link above the puzzle for a printable version and the link below it for the answers.

With the need for up-to-the-minute coverage of such great importance in the past year, I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of our national broadcaster, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 

To celebrate the continued importance of this crucial media source, I’ve made a “crossward” that is constructed from the surnames of 12 CBC journalists from both radio and television. I’ve given you their first name(s) and a show they hosted, which might be from the past or the present. Can you figure out their surnames and where they fit into the puzzle? 

For a bonus puzzle, unscramble the letters in the grey squares once you’ve finished the “crossward” to identify the first and last names of a thirteenth journalist. (HINT: both the first and last names have six letters)

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Brent (Brave New Waves)
Suhana (CBC News Now)
Peter (Morningside)
Matt (The Current)
Nahlah (Ideas)
Rosanna (Unreserved)
Ian (The National)
Heather (CBC News: Morning)
Lloyd (CBC News: With…)
Michael (Rewind)
Anna Maria (The Fifth Estate)
Valerie (Midday)


CBC Crossward

Answer Key >>

Feature image: “Crosswords” by Jessica Whittle Photography and is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Douglas Davey has been a professional librarian for over 20 years and is currently the Manager, Library Services at Whitchurch-Stouffville Hills Public Library. Currently, he is the Vice President of the Ontario Public Library Association and the OPLA Children’s or Youth Librarian of the Year. He is also an author of fiction for teens, and a total nerd for horror, fantasy and sci-fi. He lives in Guelph with his family.

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