WOOD WAR X

Who’s winning the battle of the front pages?

“Tits, tots and terriers!” a wise editor once said, naming the things that would make a front page a hit. Or, you know, a row of thighs and a moist-eyed puggle. More to the point, though, the Post delivers a masterpiece of reptile-brain proto-English literature: “Fire fiend stalked his sex victim.” See? Verbs! They make it pop. The Daily News counters with an irresistible teaser on the 10 worst subway stations.

But the headline on the News’ coverage of the Radio City labor strife is a mystifying botch. For some ineffable linguistic reason, “KICK-IT LINE” stubbornly refuses to scan as “picket line” unless you sweat over it for a while. Big screaming puns–a surprisingly tricky form.

Winner: New York Post

Overall standings: Daily News 6, New York Post 4 WOOD WAR X