As The Times Paris correspondent in the 1990s I was privileged to have a ringside seat for a most remarkable display of industrial action: the Great French Luvvies Strike of 1995. Everyone seemed to go on strike in France that winter. Alain Juppé, Jacques Chirac’s clever but unloveable prime minster, had dared to attempt to reform the pensions system, cut welfare and freeze public-sector pay, a move seen as an all-out assault on France’s cherished system of workers’ rights.
“Crumpet” was how a headline in this week’s Times described Prince Albert, played by Tom Hughes in the ITV series Victoria. Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha would not have recognised the word (crumpets date back to the 14th century; “a bit of crumpet” arrived only with the Carry On series). But he would undoubtedly have understood, and appreciated, the compliment: because the Prince Consort was Britain’s first male royal pin-up.
The clues have been there for more than a century but finally medical science has caught up with reality: cruciverbalism is good for you. Crosswords ward off Alzheimer’s, improve lateral thinking, patience and numeracy. They save marriages, extend life-expectancy and win wars. They are also peculiarly British, not to mention cheap.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".