Washington Post Publishes Jamal Khashoggi Acronym Game

Funny story written by Monkey Woods

Friday, 19 October 2018

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Yesterday the Washington Post newspaper published what it believed was the last article to have been written by its Saudi Arabian contributor, Jamal Khashoggi, who hasn't been seen since 2 October. It also honored him with the introduction, on its Puzzles Page, of the Jamal Acronym Game.

The game is very simple: readers have to make a sentence of five words; the first word must always be 'Jamal', the second word must start with the letter 'a', the third with the letter 'm', the fourth with the letter 'a', and the fifth with the letter 'l'.

To us, mere mortals, this may seem 'insensitive', degrading, or cheap. But, to Khashoggi, a journalist, a 'man of words', it is the highest tribute that a man can be paid, to have an acronym game named after him.

Email entrants on the newspaper's website were quick off the mark. John629 came up with:

Jamal: a man Arabia loathed.

Salim@wdc wrote:

Jamal: Arabic murder, American lies.

Christine#123 submitted:

Jamal and Mohammed are linked.

KenMoyswood sent in:

Jamal: a monstrous act - literally.

craigstevens#87 gave us:

Jamal angered MbS, a lickspittle.

And so it went on.

If you have a clever acronym that you would like to enter, go to the Puzzles Page on the website, but remember: keep it clean!

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