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          What three-word pun is rebused here?


   


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Based off of Mike Q's answer, another way to phrase the pun would be:

Cross word puzzle

The pun is:

A pun between cross (intersect) and cross (angry or upset).
With Crossword puzzle being a puzzle in which the words cross, a cross word puzzle is one in which the words are cross.

This rebus fits both definitions, so you could say it's a cross between the two.

I am a little down that I did not come across the pun before reading Mike's answer.

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    $\begingroup$ Huray, Apep, I'll bounty Mike Q's answer to ease both of our consciences, as you clearly meant to give away this answer there, in a comment, for almost a day $\endgroup$ – humn Sep 30 '17 at 18:00
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I think three-word pun is...

CROSS WORD CROSSWORD

As in

A crossword (by appearance), where the theme are "cross words", where the term "cross" means "angry". This includes words and phrases related to being angry, expletives, or things said during an argument.

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  • $\begingroup$ And here I was, trying to find a third word to go with the first two to imply multiple meanings. :\ I may post anyway. $\endgroup$ – feelinferrety Sep 29 '17 at 21:54
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    $\begingroup$ Pebff jbeq chmmyr is another possibility. $\endgroup$ – Apep Sep 29 '17 at 21:54
  • $\begingroup$ ^ even better. You should post. $\endgroup$ – feelinferrety Sep 29 '17 at 21:55
  • $\begingroup$ @Apep That's a good idea. Post it as a new answer! $\endgroup$ – MikeQ Sep 30 '17 at 16:26

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