Fictional roommates?

So, Troy and I were doing a Saturday New York Times crossword puzzle together, as is our wont. And the clue was “One of a pair of fictional roommates” … 4 letters. We had _E__, and then we had _ER_, and then we had _ERT. But still, the answer eluded us …

You, dear reader, must surely know the answer by now. But you see, when we finally got the correct answer (“Bert”) we were both incredulous. Bert and Ernie aren’t “fictional!” I mean, the “Odd Couple,” they were fictional. Bob Saget and friends, on TV’s “Full House,” they were fictional.

But Bert and Ernie are REAL puppets. Muppets, even! We’ll be composing our letter to Will Shortz this week …



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4 Comments on “Fictional roommates?”

  1. ethan Says:

    I love the fact that you actually got a picture of Bert and Ernie with their inimical expressions, also proof that they are not fictional! I’m sure your crossword predicament would have frustrated Bert to no end as well. although Ernie would probably be off filling up the bathtub with a glass.

  2. Dan Says:

    “Ernie would probably be off filling up the bathtub with a glass.”
    Do they still show that one on Sesame Street! Hilarious!
    And did Bert do crossword puzzles? Or was it all about pigeons for him?

  3. Ed Says:

    Great. Now you are catching each other’s delusions.

  4. Mom Says:

    Ah, be still my heart!! Just got back from vacation and loved hearing about Bert and Ernie in the “crosswords.” Troy, you were raised on Sesame St. and are a better man because of it. What’s more real than Sesame St.?

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