Master the Art of Losing Gracefully: Deciphering a Tricky Crossword Clue
Be a bad winner, say
Once upon a time, there was a young boy named Billy who loved playing games with his friends. He was particularly fond of winning and would always jump up and down with excitement when he emerged victorious. His friends would often get upset by his behavior and tell him off by saying, “Don’t be a bad winner, Billy!”
One day, while at school, Billy’s teacher gave the class a crossword puzzle to solve. As he was working on it, he came across a clue that read, “Be a bad winner, say“. Billy paused and thought for a moment before realizing that the answer must be “GLOAT“. It was a perfect fit.
Feeling proud of himself, Billy exclaimed, “Yes! I got it right!” and high-fived his friend sitting beside him. But as he looked around the classroom, he noticed that his other classmates didn’t seem to share in his excitement. Some of them even looked annoyed by his behavior.
It was then that Billy realized that gloating, or being a bad winner, wasn’t a great way to behave. From that day forward, he made a point to congratulate his opponents and be a gracious winner. And it all started with that one crossword clue.