Widespread Internet prank involving bait-and-switch link to music video - MON. Apr 13 2009 - N Last (Bandleader Eubanks of "The Tonight Show")

Monday, April 13, 2009

Hi! Andrea Carla Michaels here, helping PuzzleGirl who's helping Rex who is helping himself to sunblock, I hope. Today we have a crossword by palindromic whiz-kid Natan Last and I almost fainted when I saw it. I don't know quite where to begin…

I myself have done a couple of puzzles where there are five one-vowel switches (through the miracle of the Internet, I can verify I had HACK, HECK, HICK on 11/26/07 and PACK, PECK, PICK on 8/25/08) so I recently submitted one with RACK, RECK, RICK. By bizarre coincidence, it was rejected This Morning, with a note saying the theme was ok, but the fill was a "total bore" (ouch!) and that I could try again if I'd like! Then I sit down to solve this puzzle, and it was that exact theme!!!!!!! And I mean, exact. Of five theme entries, 3.5 of mine were identical to Natan's: RACKETEER, RECKLESS, ROCK BAND (he had ROCK STAR), and RUCKSACKS! Only our middle entry was dissimilar … He has RICKROLLING and I had RICKEY HENDERSON (I thought that extra "e" in Rickey was a godsend, making his name a perfect 15 letters).

By the way, you MUST check out this video of Mr. Henderson's early-career "youthful indiscretion."

Gotcha! Now you know what RICKROLLING is! As the clue states, it's a 37A: Widespread Internet prank involving a bait-and-switch link to a music video. According to Wikipedia:

Rickrolling is an Internet meme typically involving the music video for the 1987 Rick Astley song "Never Gonna Give You Up." The meme is a bait and switch: a person provides a web link that he or she claims is relevant to the topic at hand, but the link actually takes the user to the Astley video. The URL can be masked or obfuscated in some manner so that the user cannot determine the true destination of the link without clicking. When a person clicks on the link and is led to the web page, he or she is said to have been "Rickrolled" (also spelled Rickroll'd).
So that is where Young Natan and I part company … and I have to admit, his fill was much better than mine could have ever been with stacks of six and seven letters running down along the sides.

My only trip up was starting to write PRIMPS for PREENS (10D: Prettifies oneself, as in a mirror) and having to leave 1A: Best-selling computer game of the 1990's (MYST) blank initially, which I hate doing, as I love to start at 1A and march across. But if you start with a computer word, I'm gonna think, "NEXT!" and move on. For those of you who, like me, were wondering what MYST is, here's a video that explains it:


HA! Gotcha again! Now you have been officially rickroll'd … twice!

But the computer game at 1A was hardly the only reference to that world. There were several other computer clues:
  • 9A: Unwanted e-mail (SPAM)
  • 29A: Computer whiz (TECHIE)
  • 33A: Jobs at Apple (STEVE)
  • 30D: "2001" computer (HAL)
I can only assume it was an intentional subtheme (as STEVE and HAL certainly could have been clued as "Comedian Harvey" and "Mark Twain portrayer actor Holbrook").


Ha! Got you again, that actually WAS Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain!

What else to say? I'm sure MR. BURNS (1D: Owner of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant on "The Simpsons") was a shout-out to our own dear Rex, perhaps becoming Mr. Burns himself on some beach in Costa Rica. (Not to be confused with 52A: Caribbean vacation spot ARUBA.)

Crossing MYST with MR. BURNS was a tipoff that we were in Young Boy Country, but then we get 6D: "The ABA Daba Honeymoon" which was a popular song in 1914!!! Okay, it was actually a hit record by Debbie Reynolds in 1950, but I am guessing that precedes Young Natan by at least 40 years. Hell, I predate Young Natan by close to 30 years, and yet when I met this delightful boy genius at the ACPT last year, I had to quickly remind myself that if I said or did anything even mildly flirtatious, I would have been immediately arrested and carted away to Cougar Country.

Did you know that cougars and pumas are actually the same thing? What would Hillary have to say about that!? Oh, I almost forgot, here is "The Aba Daba Honeymoon."

Oh no! You didn't just fall for that again, did you?!!!!

Well, as for the real "ABA Daba..." (not to be confused with Fred Flintstone's 1964 hit "Yabba Dabba Do" or Dick Cheney's 2002 Hit "Abu Ghraib Blue"), I'll let Greene take it from here!

So Young Natan beat me to the punch with my own style of Monday puzzle. Lest you think (40D) "The lady doth protest too much, methinks" (GERTRUDE), I'll just say "Hootchy-Koo," and see you tomorrow!

But not before I leave you with one more video, this one from (54A) Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen:

61 comments:

the redanman 9:20 AM  

MYST? Not in my wheelhouse, either. RICKROLLING - only in my crosses.

For me a harder Monday (~Medium+), but I just probably didn't know the correct YAPCAR(S)

thanks again, PG

joho 9:22 AM  

@Andrea Carla Michaels: you rickrollin' fool, you! I loved your writeup and got taken in every single time! I was laughing out loud ... a great way to start a Monday!

That is too odd about this theme's publication and your identical theme's rejection on the same day ... what are the odds of that happening!?

Loved your cougar comment,too ... more laughs!

Oh, Natan -- very nice Monday puzzle: thank you, too!!!

Crosscan 9:26 AM  

Hey Andrea!

This was a stunning Monday. MYST/MR BURNS told us we were in fun zone and it kept going.

To those elitists who don't do Monday puzzles because they are "too easy" or "boring", this is proof that Monday can rock. Your loss.

Peter S. 9:26 AM  

Thank you for a wonderfully funny comment on what I found to be a wonderful puzzle -- with one problem.

I suppose some may question the Monday-ness (Mondanity?) of some of these clues, I enjoyed getting just slightly stumped so many times. My no-thought answers included GODFATHER (for Al Capone and RACKETEER), THUS (for ERGO); HYBRIDS (for ECO CARS - ick); and -- like you -- PRIMP (for PREEN).

The highlight, beyond all the clever but not-too-clever two-word answers, was how the puzzler ran together NO OIL and NOELS.

Of course, the biggest problem with the puzzle was the odd but common mis-transcription of Gerturde's line from Hamlet. The error is small, but very important -- at least from this English professor's perspective. Here is Julie Christie delivering the correct version of the line .

Xavier 9:27 AM  

I had no idea what rickrolling was. Thanks, Andrea. I don't think I could *ever* forget what it means now. Every click was priceless.

Plus I always laugh at that video, because it reminds me of a story where Sinbad was listing black singers with great deep voices and he included Rick Astley. When he found out Astley was white he was surprised that he was not "one of the brothers".

Xavs

JC66 9:32 AM  

ACME - Fantastic write up. Before today I had been a rickrolling virgin, so I enjoyed it every time.

Kurt 9:36 AM  

Andrea

Loved the puzzle! And loved your write-up.

As a proud dinosaur and President of the local Geezer Society, I had never heard of RICKROLLING. Thanks for enlightening me. I fell for everyone except the last one. I knew it was coming. I was sure it was coming. I was absolutely, not a doubt in my mind, it was coming. Yet I had to click it anyway. Just in case, you know.

What a great way to start the week. Thanks again.

PIX 9:38 AM  

@Andrea Carla Michaels: very nice write-up and outstanding explanation of rickrolling (i had never heard of it).

seemed at least a medium for a monday

am i the only one tired of seeing Simpons' references in the puzzle?

HudsonHawk 9:38 AM  

We're getting all the fun substitute teachers this week. Great write-up, ACME. I liked how we got "careering" in the clue for 66A after yesterday's flap.

Nicely played, Peter S. I thought the Hamlet line was a bit off. Along those lines, here's a Sporcle quiz for you:

SporcleQuiz

Orange 9:56 AM  

I loved seeing MR BURNS in the opening corner of the grid. Hey! Rex doesn't own "The Simpsons," you know. There are millions of us who like the show, and some of us even have our own crossword blogs. /snit

Those Friday-style corners kicked ass. Definitely welcome on a Monday! From a technical rules standpoint, the puzzle had two more black squares than are typically kosher, but if that's what it took to tell MR. BURNS that YOU'RE IT, I'm game.

PuzzleGirl 10:06 AM  

I think we should start a new Internet prank called the "Orange roll," where we trick people into ending up at Orange's blog.

XMAN 10:10 AM  

I got ROCKROLLING, since I' never heard of the other. Oh, well....

It aws fun--while it lasted.

Christine 10:24 AM  

Great puzzle but I have to complain about 'excelin' which threw me off for a while. I'm sorry, I know puzzle creators are allowed to take liberties with grammar, but excelin is just not a word.

Ruth 10:25 AM  

Hysterical writeup, Andrea!! (hey, save a few exclamation points for the rest of us) Forget the rickrollin' thing, I had to look up "meme" and was fascinated by the definition. First, differing pronunciations included May-May, MEEM and MEHM--what's right? Sounds like Meme Theory looks at something I find very interesting, i.e. how new words and expressions propagate through the populace. Also, I expect we may see "meme" in the grid in future--it's gotta be useful to constructors. Move over, NENE, BEBE etc.

Crosscan 10:27 AM  

@christine - excelin is not a word but EXCEL IN is two words.

Parshutr 10:27 AM  

Two confessions:
1. NO OIL made me wince, because I shelled out nearly FIVELARGE for a rebuilt engine after mine sprung a leak.
2. I've never watched the Simpsons.
The quote, in context as written by young Hamlet:
Player King:
'Tis deeply sworn. Sweet, leave me here a while,
My spirits grow dull, and fain I would beguile
The tedious day with sleep.
Player Queen:
Sleep rock thy brain,
And never come mischance between us twain!
Hamlet:
Madam, how like you this play?
Queen:
The lady doth protest too much, methinks.
The contemporary meaning of "protest" was affirm, not object.
If anyone cares...

mccoll 10:30 AM  

What fun! I was slow for Monday not knowing RICKROLLING. I fell for the first one PG but I didn't have time to "fall" for the others. Great write-up.
@ Peter S. I think the word is "Mondality."
Thanks to Natan Last.

Denise 10:30 AM  

Wonderful write-up. I found this easy, but I have started watching my time, and I wonder how anyone fills in the squares in as few minutes as they report!!

Next year in Brooklyn, I will be fast, but not fast enough.

PlantieBea 10:46 AM  

That was a funny write-up for a fun, medium Monday puzzle. Thank you Andrea and Natan Last. Add me to the group that had never heard of Rickrolling, but you got me with every link. Who could forget it now? I liked seeing COBALT and SEDGE in the grid.

archaeoprof 11:12 AM  

In honor of Ulrich, I would like to point out that RUCKSACK is the German word for "backpack."

@ACME: hilarious write-up today. Thank you!

allan 11:14 AM  

Sorry, boring puzzle, boring write up. Only one little mention of baseball.

If this guy is such a "palindromic whiz" where were the palindromes? Oh, I see; Natan. Genius!

David 11:26 AM  

Loved the puzzle, and I'm thrilled that someone actually made a theme answer out of RICKROLLING. It was one of my first answers in the grid, which opened up the whole puzzle and gave me an early hunch about the theme---wasn't that long ago we had our B*ND deja vu, so this one came pretty easily.

Felt like an easy puzzle to me. Very Monday, but also with some clever fill that made it really pleasant to solve. GERTRUDE, COBALT, ROSARY, MRBURNS, even CORPSE---all fun clues and answers. Personally, I'm hoping this one sets the tone for the week.

Jim in Chicago 11:27 AM  

A hard Monday for me - this felt like a Tuesday or maybe even an easy Wednesday.

Not knowing Rickrolling didn't help, but not knowing a major answer on Monday already throws it into Tuesday for me.

Some problem with MYST, name you favorite random 4 letter computer game.... At least the crosses saved me here.

Instead of PREENS I instantly wrote in PRIMTS. I can still see my mother standing in front of the mirror saying "I'm primping".

I didn't know that a squab was a young pigeon - or that a bullrush was a type of sedge. So at least I learned something today!

mac 11:31 AM  

Hi Andrea, lots of fun reading the write-up but I'm majorly miffed in Holland: no Saturday puzzle, and because this is "Second Easter Day" no Monday puzzle either.... I miss all of this and all of you!
Five more days to go. I may sit up and read all the comments since April 5, I want to stay up to date. Is Rex somewhere hot? We're having the warmest Easter in 25 years and I am sunburnt! Incredible, no one goes to Holland to get a tan.
Hope to check in soon. Hello to everybody!

retired_chemist 11:39 AM  

Nice puzzle, Natan! Nice writeup, ACME!

I never saw the theme so RI??ROLLING,* where the ?? means my last two squares, was much harder to complete than it should have been. ECOCARS* sounded correct but because of the uncertainty of the K in KOO I was cautious. KITCHY-KOO or HOOTCHY-KOOCH I would know, but HOOTCHY-KOO sounded like a conflation to me. Google tells us that it is a song by Larry Williams (WHO????). Oh yeah - he did Bony Moronie, Short Fat Fannie, and other iconic R&R in the 50's, then got covered a lot so I never think of him. How on earth did Natan?

*If I live long enough I shall have my geezerhood taken from me by OSMOSIS through the semipermeable membrane of this blog.

foodie 11:46 AM  

Fantastic! Terrific! Amazing! Fun, fun puzzle and even more fun, hilarious, light-hearted write up. RO-lli-CKING, joyful, youthful!

Thank you, NATAN LAST, Thank you ANDREA CARLA! What a duo! You guys ROCK!

@mac, lovely to hear from you! we miss you and Ulrich.

Doc John 11:47 AM  

Nice writeup, ACME! Thanks for elucidating RICKROLLING. I had no clue but got it from the crosses and figuring out the theme.

Hey pirates! You got SO pwned!

Karen 11:52 AM  

I think I learned about rickrolling from BEQ's puzzle about it. As a bonus, several of the answers come from the Astley song. (This is not a rickroll link, I promise! I'm leery of clicking on any links in the comments today)

George NYC 12:06 PM  

Because of sloppy handwriting, I had DICKROLLING at first, which didn't seem quite appropriate...

I know RUCKSACK from British crime novels, which are full of people hiking, walking, biking through the hills and dales and everyone has one.

NOOIL is a familiar condition for anyone who ever owned an older British car; I always kept a spare quart in my RUCKSACK.

retired_chemist 12:15 PM  

@ George NYC - shades of Jelly Roll Morton.....

Greene 12:31 PM  

Does anybody remember the Rickrolling hoax during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade last year? Rick Astley himself appeared on the "Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends" float and interrupted the proceedings to lipsynch his song and Rickroll the whole country. Great fun. I just wish all internet hoaxes could be this benign.

Andrea, love you, love your write-up, love the repeat Rickrolls. Obviously, my favorite answer in the grid.

I think I'm supposed to say something intelligent about "Aba Daba Honeymoon." (Thanks, Andrea?). Well...it's one of those nonsense songs that were extremely popular about 100 years ago, but seem to mystify people nowadays. The were usually whimsical and employed clever wordplay. This particular one involves the love affair and subsequent marriage and honeymoon of a chimp and her monkey swain. The "aba daba" part is just cute animal chatter (I can't believe I'm explaining this). Just watch this movie link. No Rickrolling, honest.

Debbie Reynolds actually did have a hit with this song back in 1950s. Most of you probably know the tune since it was appropriated for a Fritos commercial in the late 1970s. That version of the song was equally inane.

SethG 12:32 PM  

Rucksack==>Jamie Lee Curtis in Trading Places. Ja for sure from Sweden.

Andrea, I actually laughed. Out loud. You're so hip! Funny write-up, and sweet Monday puzzle.

Of course, when I see any reference to RA or rickrolling, I remember my bus ride in Nairobi. It was 80s Saturday on Classic 105, and a different RA song was featured.

And speaking of annoying songs by Rick, there totally could have been a clue tie-in to this.

Shamik 12:40 PM  

Great write-up. Challenging puzzle for me for a Monday, but successful. Back to studying.

hazel 1:03 PM  

Awesome write-up. Also never heard of Rickrolling, but that is definitely a word I'll never forget.

Thought the puzzle was more challenging than the average Monday, and pretty fun. But I definitely liked the write-up more than the puzzle - not that its a competition....

Go Braves!

Bob Kerfuffle 1:18 PM  

Fun puzzle, fun write-up. Like Karen, I only learned of Rickrolling through BEQ's puzzle.

foodie 1:18 PM  

@Puzzle Girl, speaking of palindromic NATAN, I've been meaning to say that I like seeing the full name of the constructor at the top. I can understand the logic of using initials...for example for publications and such, we use initials, and it seems more formal, more professional. But given the friendly spirit of the blog, I think it's great to see the first name as well (so us old geezers can remember the whole thing).

It's also remarkable how beautifully you maintain the look and format of the blog, and keep consistency across guest bloggers. It's seamless, and you are really terrific at this!

Thank you!

foodie 1:24 PM  
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Bob Kerfuffle 1:26 PM  

Re Greene's comment, here's a clip of Rick Astley in the Macy's parade. But since the announcers (Matt Lauer and Al Roker?) know what's coming, it may not count as authentic rickrolling.

Rex Parker 1:33 PM  

Dudes,

On beach at restaurant in costa rica. On iphone. Drinking Imperial. Never coming home.

Xoxo
Rex

chefbea 1:37 PM  

Easy puzzle. Had it finnished before the blog was posted.

Great write-up Andrea and Glad to know what Rickrolling is.

acme 1:40 PM  

Hi everybody!
Fun way to start the day reading the sweet comments.
Takes some (OK all) of the sting from having my R*CK puzzle never see the light of day...

@greene
Thanks for coming thru on Aba Dabba! Knew you would/could!!!
Frito Lay, who knew?!! You knew!

@archaeoprof, george in nyc
My German roommate, Marion, confirmed that RUCKSACK altho definitely a German word is what they also call it in England...
(and I hear they speak English, in some parts of Great Britain!)
Ulrich, come home!

Re: Puzzle construction:
Having made the almost-identical puzzle, I can confirm RUCKSACKS is the only thing that would work for RUCK.
(The plural was to get a nice 9-letter parallel with RACKETEER, otherwise you'd have to use an 8 letter RACK- word, boring.)

@foodie
Thank you for putting credit where credit is due! PG is a SAINT(E) (and I think related to Kevin Costner!) :)
Before I get too much credit here, altho I thought it would be fun to Rickroll everyone ALMOST every time, it was PG who not only aided and embedded (edit and emb-edited?) the links, but thought to make them LOOK like the actual videos!
As for the full name up top, I'm with you there, my dear! (Rex will think I put you up to that, as I've been whining about it to him privately for weeks!) ;)


@Kurt
I even fell for the Mick/Bruce one! It really exists on YouTube from a big jam in 1988...
check out the hair!
(damn I wish I knew how to embed! Where IS PG when you need her!?)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAuE2GmBMhc
Slightly homoerotic as they look seconds from kissing.
Altho I, um, maybe projecting...

Doug 1:42 PM  

Damn, I actually wrote BEQ last month to let him know one of his puzzle links went to a Rick Astley video...the joke was on me, but is it a joke if you don't realize it? So one month later "BEQ, you're a hip riot!"

ACM, nice writeup as always! I looked up what the male version of the cougar is.

Filled in VOCALISTS for Jagger/Boss and thought, "What a poor clue as these guys are pretty average singers at best!"

acme 1:42 PM  

@Rex
Rex=Imperial, how perfect!
C'mon now, tho...Without you, you know we'd last exactly one week at this and then have a mass-suicide!

No one can fill your flip-flops!!!

edith b 2:05 PM  

I got rickrolled on q BEQ puzzle a couple of months ago when I first learned about it. Didn't fall for it this time. When I got RICKROLLING in the Midlands - the area of the puzzle formerly known as Flyover Country (Sorry, Andrea), I tipped to the theme and continued into the South for the solve.

This one reminded me of a simple Friday and, I think, is due to the skill of Mr Last. Not difficult but smooth.

humorlesstwit 2:41 PM  

@Acme - thanks for the only amusement of my day, so far.

I knew of RICKROLLING, probably from BEQ, but never knew who the hell he was. I now know one very interesting thing - You can play the youtube video, start at any point in the song, and never be more than 3 seconds from any other place in the song. It's just one 5 second loop. Just f*in amazing.

And NDE says p*p music is crap.

fikink 2:52 PM  

Loved the puzzle, but got an even bigger charge out of your write-up, Andrea. It brightened a very grey day here in "fly-over country."
And the puzzle confirmed your spelling of WHEE, Andrea, though I still maintain the little piggy cried, "Wee, wee, wee," all the way home because he was the wee-est of the piggies.

SethG 3:05 PM  

Andrea, you could go with 10s, and use RACK OF LAMB and RUCKER PARK.

Stan 3:13 PM  

What a great puzzle! With the bonus of getting fooled repeatedly in the commentary.

Everything I know about Internet memes, I know from:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muP9eH2p2PI

chefwen 5:32 PM  

Really enjoyed the puzzle but the write up was even better, I was only fooled twice. Rickrolling was new to me also and thought it should be rock rolling but I don't know anyone named KEVON, so the i went in and I figured out that it would be splaind to me today, and it was. Thanks!

treedweller 7:19 PM  

Not much to add--a fun puzzle, a little slower for me than usual for a Monday. Add me to those who knew RICKROLLING from BEQ's site.

@ACME:
Puma/cougar is called a panther, a mountain lion, or a catamount. Not in the context you used it, though, AFAIK.

And a botany bonus: If you wonder whether you're looking at a grass or a SEDGE, roll the flower stalk between your fingers. SEDGEs have edges (grasses are smooth and round).

treedweller 7:20 PM  

Oops, I left out an "also" in there. As in, " . . . is ALSO known . . ."

treedweller 7:21 PM  

Rather, " . . . is also CALLED . . . "
three and out, in short order.

Anonymous 8:34 PM  

to Peter S.
About this Hamlet quote: check out Act 3, Scene 2, after Hamlet asks "Madam, how like you this play?" ... I think he's got it in the right order. Where is it that you teach?

acme 9:33 PM  

@anonymous 8:34pm
Ha! Peter S got YOU! You should have clicked on his Julie Christie link before you responded! Plus you must not have gotten the memo that today was play-nice day!

Oh! And I forgot to mention that I'm actually the blonde dancing around in Rick's video...I get a residual EVERY time someone clicks on it at YouTube!!!! SO thank you everyone!
I'm rich! Rich I tell you! And off to join Rex in Costa Rica or Aruba or wherever he is!

Eighty-three and out.

foodie 10:11 PM  

This whole day has been a little like being in the Twilight Zone...never knowing whether you were about to be Rickrolled. It's a TECHIE sort of April Fool...

I wrote the above, then before posting wondered whether more Rickrolling happened on April 1, so I checked and saw the following in Wiki entry on Rick Astley:

"The phenomenon became so popular that on April 1, 2008, YouTube pranked its users by making every single featured video on the front page a Rickroll."

wow... I had no idea!

Anonymous 10:19 PM  

Yo, Andrea!!! You asked for it, so here I am! Ruth, do not begrudge Acme her exclamation points! I like corresponding with her because, as a person who's prone to using them it's nice to see more coming at me than I'm sending out!!(!!!)

A fine, funny write-up - thankfully I'm on my old blackberry which will not allow me to see video links, nor to be RICKROLLED. Of course, as a member of a band that flourished (well, we played a fair amount of music at any rate) at that time, I feel like the entire 80s was one big RICKROLLING! My band would rehearse and check out MTV before and after - we were always in search of something fun. Well, you had to love old Rick, and things like "You Spin Me 'Round" and other camp pop hits/horrors.

Seth, my thoughts exactly on the Jamie Lee Curtis = Rucksack - certain things go in and never go away.

A fun puzzle - didn't care for NOOIL, but as Orange said: nice big corners and nifty long fill entries helped keep the thing lubed.

Well done NATAN and ACME!!!!

Tony O.

dk 10:47 PM  

Andrea you are the greatest.

I wonder if Rex will come home with a beaded braid?

I miss the word of the day. May we have a word of the night and may it be SQUAB?

Frieda 10:57 PM  

@ treedweller:

Your sedges line reminded me of another:
"Sedges have edges, and reeds have ridges." Ought to be musical I think.

Rickrolling! Great Monday fare here and in the puzzle. Narrowly escaped Natick at MRBURNS/MYST cuz...no good reason. SYST sounded possible.

andrea carla michaels 2:01 AM  

@DK
Yes, word of the night: SQUAB. How could I deny you ANYTHING?!

@Frieda
That would be a fabulous !!! A game that looked like it had a super-techie name but accidentally sounded like CYST!!!

I will see if it will fly at my next naming gig! I need a good laugh as a career-ender!

John 10:03 AM  

When MYST was popular, It was thought to be so frustrating, that it should been named PYST!

WilsonCPU 12:16 PM  

Actually, John Goodman was involved in a spoof by that very name, PYST. Rather than provide a (potentially) rick-rolling link, here's a URL to someplace selling it: http://www.mobygames.com/game/pyst-special-edition
(or check out the Wiki entry for Myst, which mentions Pyst)....

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