A candidate for the Trent Reznor Prize for Tricky Embedding, in the form of a BBC News teaser:
A penguin chick that was hand-reared by zoo keepers in Devon who used a puppet to impersonate an adult dies.
This has been languishing on my to-blog list ever since Tim Macdonald sent it in a couple of weeks ago. It's not nearly as tricky as the gem that Geoff Pullum posted about yesterday:
[H]e callously instructed his lawyers to add to her family's pain by implying the 13-year-old ran away because she was unhappy at home during days of cross examination.
But the original intent of the Trent Reznor Prize may exclude Geoff's specimen:
Matthew Hutson, noting my interest in embedding, has observed by email that Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails is responsible for "the most tricky and yet correct and clear sentence by a rockstar in an interview that I have ever seen":
"When I look at people that I would like to feel have been a mentor or an inspiring kind of archetype of what I'd love to see my career eventually be mentioned as a footnote for in the same paragraph, it would be, like, Bowie."
We've never enforced the "by a rockstar" part. Other TRP awards have gone to cartoonists:
I'd hate to make payin' a man an idiotic sum of money to burn my wife into a fine powder and stick her in a $400 bowlin' trophy 'cuz she requested it into somethin' weird.
And to intellectuals:
… it is nonetheless tempting to speculate about whether there exists — and, if so, what the properties are, of — a universal grammar of combat.
But so far, all serious candidates for the prize have (more or less) adhered to the "and yet correct and clear" part. Geoff's example is certainly correct; but as he explains, it's far from clear.