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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 07/26/2008

The Morning Line: Blondies Have More Puns

By Michael Cavna

Blondie: Could the end be near? As the late-great Warron Zevon said: "Enjoy every (Dagwood) sandwich." (King Features)

No, no, this cannot be. Dagwood is going seriously existential on us. The plaintive gaze, those soul-bearing eyes staring right through the fourth wall. Needless to say, we were so taken aback by this last-panel pang of mortality that we nearly spilled our cocoa on our B. Kliban jammies. O deep-and-mysterious Dagwood, what are you trying to tell us?...

At least none of the Best/Worst Puns of the Week, on the other hand, made us do a Swiss Miss spit-take. "Mother Goose and Grimm" gives us Grimmy costumed as a "welcome Matt." "Rhymes With Orange" introduces us to the match-up of "Dee Bauchery" and "Tom Foolery." "Pickles" milks the "Wii" game for pronoun punning. And in two single-panel comics (which run in the Post's Express publication), a "Bizarro" beer-guzzler has "Pinot Envy" and a therapist's patient suffers from "ecstatic cling."

But we'll take Wednesday's "Mutts", because it front-loads the pun (it's telegraphed in the first panel), then charms based on the subtle underplay of what follows. This week, at least, we lean toward the punning that sidles up without elbowing us in the ribs.

Which of ths week's puns did you like, love or loathe -- what's your B/WPOW? Our "Line" is open...

By Michael Cavna  | July 26, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
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