Flashback on the 15th-October 1999


Flashback to 1999

Hey all you long-running GAMES fans! We're back with something a little different that we think you'll enjoy. Every 15th of the month, we will be featuring a puzzle previously published going as far back as 1980! You can solve online, but if that's not your thing, we've also provided a printable version.

Remember, this puzzle was published in 1999, and a lot may have changed since then.

We hope you enjoy October's puzzle!

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Out of Time

Half of these events happened in the 1990’s; half happened earlier. Which are which?

1. Mr. Potato Head gets bendable arms and a trap door to store his spare parts.
2. Rolling Stone Keith Richards turns 50.
3. Corporate executive Barbie comes out.
4. Federal speed limits are repealed.
5. Crayola renames its “flesh” crayons “peach” while keeping “Indian red.”
6. The Sex Pistols’ Never Mind the Bollocks goes platinum.
7. An earthquake interrupts the San Francisco-Oakland World Series.
8. Johnny Carson retires as host of The Tonight Show.
9. Mike Myers makes the “Not!” catchword hugely popular in the film Wayne’s World.
10. Zsa Zsa Gabor smacks a Beverly Hills cop.
11. Pravda shuts down.
12. Dr Seuss’ book Oh, The Places You’ll Go comes out.
13. An article called “Buggy Medicine,” which discusses the medical benefits of leeches and maggots, appears in Boy’s Life.
14. Macintosh computers are Y2K compliant.
15. A new sitcom called The Seinfeld Chronicles debuts.
16. The PMRC goes to the Senate to ask for record warning labels.
17. Red M&Ms return.
18. New York closes its last Automat.
19. Citing the names’ low-rent Monopoly connotations, an Atlantic City official proposes changing the Baltic and Mediterranean Avenues to Fairmont and Melrose. International protest
20. Life magazine reports on a fad called “ foam dancing,” where New York club kids dance in piles of suds.

Published in GAMES, October 1999