Cardiac Arrest(song) (video; 2:54) (wikipedia) by Madness, album 7; lyrics:
"Ten more minutes till he gets there / The crossword's nearly done. / It's been so hard these days / Not nearly so much fun.
Think of seven letters / Begin and end in 'C' / Like a big American car / But misspelt with a 'D'."
'A' is for Alibi(novel; first in 'alphabet mysteries' series) by Sue Grafton; her books appear in short crossword clues, e.g., 'Sue Grafton's "___ for Lawless"' (3); "My landlord, Henry Pitts, is a former commercial baker who makes a living now, at the age of eighty-one, by devising obnoxiously difficult crossword puzzles, which he likes to try out on me." ~Kinsey Millhone, fictional private investigator
Chapter and Verse (song) (video; 3:42) by Utopia (Todd Rundgren), album Utopia; lyrics: "I got the dictionary in my hand / But I can't seem to find the word I'm looking for
I've checked every letter, now I'm up to Z / There just ain't anymore / I've got a million choices in my head"
(Can I) Find the Right Words (To Say) (song) (video; 3:08) by Blondie, album The Hunter; MayasMix @ 59:44 lyrics: "The right words are so hard to say. It's a challenger puzzle from the magazine section Across with the questions."
Crossword Puzzle (song) (video; 3:38) by Barbara Mandrell, album Clean Cut; MayasMix @ 32:33; lyrics & .mp3: "What we've become is 1 Across, and also rhymes with rules / Two Down is what we tell that's opposite the truth / Three Across is what we do to each other's feelings / Four Across begins with 'A', and means disagreeing."
The Decades That Invented the Future Part 9: 1980sSpace Shuttle Columbia; IBM PC; Macintosh; MTV; Miracle on Ice; Leveraged Buyout; Nintendo NES; Sandra Day O'Conner; Stealth; Additive Manufacturing (early 3D printing); In-Car Stereos; Autofocus; 12/21/2012