As KoriLearns and I were working on the Wall Street Journal crossword today, a curious clue popped up: “Puffin’s Cousin.” The answer was only 3 letters, so it couldn’t be penguin. What could it be??
Auks are birds of the family Alcidae in the order Charadriiformes. They are superficially similar to penguins due to their black-and-white colours, their upright posture and some of their habits. However, auks have one big advantage over penguins don’t: the ability to fly (though, they are much better swimmers than flyers).