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PuzzleWatch: Not THAT Robert Shaw

Two Robert Shaws (Roberts Shaw?) are at the center of this month's crossword puzzle. One was an actor, known for his roles in films such as 'Jaws' and 'The Sting'; the other was a conductor, famous for his pristine interpretations of great choral works.


Robert Shaw (the conductor) and Robert Shaw (the actor) as Quint in 'Jaws'
Robert Shaw (the conductor) and Robert Shaw (the actor) as Quint in ‘Jaws’

Do you have one of those private phrases in your family that sends you all into gales of laughter?  You know the ones. You might not even remember who said it first or when or why. It might be a phrase that just comes up in conversation and suddenly…everyone’s laughing. And sometimes you don’t even have to say it, because just knowing that everybody is thinking it sets you off.

In the post-Jaws era, actor Robert Archibald Shaw’s name was widely recognized. But in our family, conductor Robert Lawson Shaw was also a usual topic of conversation. At one gathering, RLS’s name came up because he was coming to Portland to work with our choir. A friend snapped his head around and his eyes got wide. “You know Robert Shaw?” Our family’s collective response, the one that to this day still cracks us up, was “NOT THAT ROBERT SHAW!” It is the genesis of this crossword offering. Enjoy. In honor of my family and laughter. And yours.

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Daryl Browne is a music educator, alto, flutist and writer who lives in Beaverton, Oregon.

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