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As COVID Cases Rise, University Scrambles To Unveil New Word Search

Published Friday, September 17th, 2021

As the Delta variant continues to drive up Rhode Island’s COVID caseload, the University has scrambled to unveil a new word search.

“From the onset of the pandemic, we have acted in support of one guiding principle: to protect the health of Brown’s students in whatever puzzle-related ways we are able,” wrote President Christina Paxson in an email to the Brown community. “I write today to let you know that we will publish a new, COVID-themed word search as soon as we possibly can.”

President Paxson asked for patience, as new information regarding the Delta variant changes the clues, answers, and color scheme of the word search on a daily basis. “I have formed an emergency committee made up of Dean of the School of Public Health Ashish Jha and University Puzzlemaster Greg Kreif to handle the situation,” she wrote.

“We understand that the Brown community looks to us for guidance and reassurance in this moment,” wrote Paxson. “Since we are unable to provide these things, we are committed to publishing a high-quality, glossy 10x10 grid of letters that spell out words like ‘bear’ and ‘uh-oh.’ We will continue to monitor the situation, and include diagonals and upside-downers when necessary. If time allows, we will take a serious look at printing out a coloring page.”

At press time, the University unveiled a Sudoku puzzle containing a 5-year strategic plan for the endowment.

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