Entertainment behind the scenes
from Tales from the Trail:
Here's a clue: German summer pants for little William? (10 letters)
Stumped? The answer is "Will Shortz". He's editor of the New York Times crossword puzzle, which today devotes no fewer than eight clues to the Daily Show host, his fellow satirist Stephen Colbert of the Colbert Report and the joint rally they're planning for Saturday on the National Mall.
For anyone flummoxed by the clues to 54 and 65 Across, Colbert's version of the event is called the "March to Keep Fear Alive."
The Stewart-Colbert gathering is a reaction to Fox News commentator Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally, which was held at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on this year's anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.
Stewart is also a big fan of Shortz and appeared in the 2006 documentary Wordplay, which focused on the Times crossword puzzle editor and the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament.
Do Stewart and Colbert need the fiery presence of thousands of crossword puzzle enthusiasts? Now that's a question. But the idea may be too inside the box for rally organizers.