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The Zany Newt Scrabble contest

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In today's New York Times, Gail Collins has some fun with Mitt Romney calling Newt Gingrich "zany." Yesterday Romney continued his direct assault on Gingrich, arguing that "Zany is not what we need in a president." Collins writes, "This is an extremely safe position for Romney to take because the odds are very good that no one has ever called Mitt zany in his entire life."

But zany "really is a pretty unusual word," she goes on. "Why do you think he chose it?" Maybe, Collins says, Mitt is trying to keep himself interested in "his long and rather dreary campaign" by describing Newt with adjectives starting with a different letter every day, beginning with Z and working his way up the alphabet. "We will know for sure if tomorrow he points out that Newt is "kind of yappy."

Ah, but Z and Y are easy. Not so the next letter.

What adjective starting with X works for Newt? Not xenophobic—as Bill Keller pointed out in the NYT on Monday, the former speaker's immigration views are reasonable on the whole, at least compared with his cohorts. X-rated? I'd have to see the films, and would rather not.

Maybe X is just too hard. The range of letters starting with X is as narrow as the minds of some of the Republican candidates. Q is also challenging, but offers many more possibilities. We're open to your X or Q modifiers for Newt.

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