Puzzle : how are the first three words of 2017 too dirty for words?

China’s Communist Party’s official newspaper, the People’s Daily, posted a filthy New Year’s puzzle on Facebook and Twitter.

“Masturbate”, “sucker” and “testicle” were the milder obscenities in the puzzle. Oh, and Bieber.

The posts were removed later that day. Theories behind the foul play range from a disgruntled employee, mistake, hackers to “keeping it real“.

One Reddit user has this message :

Twitter reactions to the puzzle seem more amused than outraged:

Anything to with China Twitter boss leaving after seven months?

H/T: BBC News

Siobhan O'Shea is a freelance writer. She writes about pretty much everything but especially likes to bring readers' attention to new tech, marketing, human behavior, and other oddities.