opusthepenguin wrote:So far it's unanimous, unless I missed a naysaying post. I agree. Mrs P was worried about the specification of "collectively." She felt that indicated they were looking for a collective noun, which "civil servants" isn't. I agreed that that's probably where they were steering things. But I didn't see how they could neg her response. It's one of those things where an alternate response fits the clue so they have to take it. And in this case, if Alex's notes didn't mention the alternate possibility, the writers weren't doing their jobs.
I also go for both, but there's some self-interest involved, since I also answered "civil servants" (then immediately facepalmed and said to self, "plurals aren't collective nouns, dolt!" so take that either way)
To use AP's term, this game was a three Subaru affair AFAIC. I was very annoyed that they failed to clear the J boards as I was pitching a perfecto on that one, finally justifying my initial impression of favorable board topics. And has no one yet commented on the lack of a MSB by the leader in FJ?