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Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words

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Season 20 Episode
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"Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words"
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"Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words"
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Episode Information
Episode number: 426
Season number: S20 E6
Production code: KABF19
Original airdate: November 16, 2008
Couch gag: The Simpsons run to a roman coach. A volcano explodes and covers them in ash, probably a reference to the city of Pompeii.
Guest star(s): Merl Reagle as himself
Will Shortz as himself
Scott Thompson as Grady Little
Showrunner(s): Al Jean
Written by: Tim Long
Directed by: Nancy Kruse
DVD features

"Homer And Lisa Exchange Cross Words" is the sixth episode of season 20 of The Simpsons and the four-hundred and twenty-sixth episode overall. It originally aired on November 16, 2008. The episode was written by Tim Long and directed by Nancy Kruse. It guest stars Merl Reagle as himself, Will Shortz as himself, and Scott Thompson as Grady Little.


"Lisa discovers she has an impressive knack for solving crossword puzzles and she enters in a city-wide crossword tournament. Feelings are hurt though when Homer bets against Lisa in the championship match. meanwhile, Homer become a whizz at breaking up couples."


Lisa becomes obsessed with crossword puzzles after she helps a man finish one at the bank. She later enters a crossword competition and begins winning rapidly fast. Meanwhile, Homer finds a pub where the competition is being held and bets all of his money on his daughter. In the last match, he bets against her and wins because Gil Gunderson tricks her into picking up his glasses, stalling her so he can win. Later, Lisa finds out that Homer is betting on her, and she becomes angry with him, and changes her last name to Marge's maiden name, Bouvier. Homer, feeling bad, and trying to have Lisa forgive him, gathers New York Times Crossword editors Will Shortz and Merl Reagle to help him get Lisa back.


The episode was written by Tim Long (who was inspired by the 2006 documentary, Wordplay), and directed by Nancy Kruse. Merl Reagle and Will Shortz guest star and Scott Thompson reappears as Grady Little, the character from "Three Gays of the Condo".

The episode was promoted in the New York Times weekly crossword - Tim Long hid a secret Simpsons message in the puzzle, which actually later appeared in the episode itself.


"Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words" was nominated for a 2009 Writers Guild of America award in Animation, but it lost to "Apocalypse Cow".[1]


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