Pattex: Crossword puzzle

To demonstrate the universal ability of Pattex to stick anything to anything, the brand sponsored the crossword in a popular Egyptian daily and magazines. When solved, you see that different materials are joined seamlessly, thanks to the power of Pattex.

Advertising Agency: TBWA, Cairo, Egypt
Creative Director: Arindam Sengupta
Art Directors: Sameh George, Youssef Gadallah
Copywriter: Ahmed Refaay

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atb2005's picture
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Egypt has been doing really well lately when it comes to advertising. Great concept!

tirthomitro's picture
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Egyptianism at its best...

they showed me a picture & i laughed
dignity has never been photographed

Hiperion's picture
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the best in what?

Hiperion's picture
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the best in what?

whatthefudge's picture
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It seems as if TBWA's office in Cairo recently has discovered AotW.

Dzsoi's picture
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Pretty lame execution. I mean, most of the definitions are 'xy is made of' types, some are a bit more interesting (also a music genre), and some are very lame: Don't throw stones if you live in a {glass} house?!

atb2005's picture
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Please share your own definitions. I don't think they were trying here to create a mind boggling puzzle; just a simple puzzle that visually supports the copy.

Dzsoi's picture
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I am sorry, but if you are a copywriter you can't lay back when the idea is ready. If you come up with a cross-word puzzle idea, you have to write (at least) an average cross-word puzzle, so people may want to solve it. For glass, it would be enough something like: 'You can see through this' I didn't say all was wrong but it's uneven. Don't throw stones if you live in a ... house?! This is so fcking stupid and straining that it makes hard to solve.

atb2005's picture
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I am not trying to argue with you. I appreciate your comments. I can tell that you are smart! However, as I already said, the idea here was to create a basic puzzle (they didn't mean to insult your intelligence) that just visually illustrates the copy "that anything sticks to anything". This wasn't meant to be Sudoku challenging or win an award for the best word puzzle. Again, you and I would have to agree to disagree. ;-)

TJC79's picture
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I thought this was done well. It isn't so complicated it consumes too much time to complete. The goal is to get the 'complete' message to as many ppl as possible. A more realistic crossword puzzle would turn off a majority of ppl.

Now if their audience was strictly the puzzle lovers then yes... they failed. Some how I don't think this was the case.

Dzsoi's picture
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I am not saying it should be more boring / exciting, just some definitions are a bit clumsy and could be a bit better. Like... 'Almost everything around us is made of:' (plastic). Why not 'Barbie and Ken are made of:'? Maybe not, just my subjective opinion. Seems like many of you are fine with the copy, so it can't be that wrong.

listenthinkimplement's picture
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Lame. Lame. Lame

xcreativity's picture
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not a fan

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everartz's picture
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well yea... but i think its boring somehow.. but ok..

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AssassinX's picture
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Haha I also did a poster for Pattex in a more direct way. I think the Eygptian is a bit too complicated.

Mine is here:

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AD-rian's picture
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Sort of reminds me of those old Polo ads...the small but tough ones.

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