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An hour-long history and discussion of wordplay
on 3 August 2011
In this double-length episode of Fry's English Delight, Stephen delves into word games. With comparisons to how word games appear in other languages, he covers crosswords, puzzles, scrabble, and codebreaking, among other topics. As always, Stephen Fry manages to make an interesting topic even more of a delight to hear.
I did feel a bit sorry for the guest that Fry interviewed for the latter half of the programme, the College Enigmatist of St Catherine's, Chris Maslanka. His breathing was very loud and laboured, and he sounded deathly ill while he wasn't speaking. He seemed to spring into life when talking, though, and was clearly very enthusiastic and knowledgable. Concerns about his health were somewhat distracting, all the same.
The show ended rather abruptly, without any apparent wind-down or conclusion. Perhaps it's not the best organised programme, but it is still a very interesting one.