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Modern art's old-fashioned risk: a crossword lover

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Modern art can be a bit of a brain-teaser.

Not quite “The Thomas Crown Affair,” a woman visiting the Neues Museum in Nürnberg, Germany, mistakenly filled in the blanks on a crossword puzzle-looking piece valued at more than $88,000, according to media reports.

The 91-year-old woman, who has not been named, apparently said she was confused by an “Insert words” sign hanging next to Arthur Köpcke's 1977 “Reading-work-piece.”

The piece, which was presented to the museum by a private collector, will likely cost a few hundred euros to repair, but the damage is not permanent, the museum director told The Telegraph.

The museum, however, has to yet to share how many answers the woman got correct.