A hospital in Germany's city of Chemnitz had to recall the whole latest issue of its corporate journal "Klinoskop" amid a racist lapse in its crossword puzzle, German Die Welt newspaper reported.
A hospital spokesperson admitted that the answer to the clue "a person with black skin" in the puzzle was the now socially unacceptable German word for "negro".
"That's a faux pas, that's just wrong," the hospital's representative was quoted by the newspaper as saying. "Neither the questions nor the answers were subject to a comprehensive check-up. Due to this mistake, we have to recall the whole issue amid moral and humanistic values of our hospital."
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The magazine issue was printed 12,500 times. By Thursday, 8,500 copies have been recalled; but it will be completely reprinted and redistributed.
According to reports, the crossword puzzle was created by a Chemnitz agency that was using word generator software. There won't be any legal proceedings against the company.