“It’s worth only 20 cents,” “It has Abe Lincoln on it” and others?
"It's worth only 20 cents," "It has Abe Lincoln on it" and others?
Once upon a time, there was a curious crossword enthusiast named Alex who loved nothing more than solving his daily crossword puzzles. One day, he came across a particularly tricky puzzle that left him stumped. The clue was “It’s worth only 20 cents,” “It has Abe Lincoln on it” and others?”. Alex wracked his brain, but nothing came to mind.
Just then, his wise old grandfather walked in and noticed Alex’s frustration. “What’s the matter, my boy?” he asked. Alex showed him the crossword and explained his confusion.
Grandfather chuckled and reached into his pocket. “Here,” he said, handing Alex a shiny quarter. “Take a closer look at that Lincoln head. Can you see anything interesting?”
Alex examined the coin carefully and noticed that, in addition to the year it was minted, the coin also had the letters Q U A R T E R L I E S inscribed on it. “What does that mean?” he asked his grandfather.
“Well, my boy,” said Grandfather with a smile, “Quarterlies is a term used to describe financial reports that are issued once every three months. It’s also a play on words, since this coin, worth only 20 cents in terms of the materials it’s made of, is actually called a quarter. And of course, it has Abe Lincoln on it, which is what the clue was referring to.”
Alex was amazed. “So the answer to the clue is Quarterlies!” he exclaimed.
“Exactly,” said his grandfather. “And that, my boy, is how you solve a crossword puzzle with a little help from a quarter.“