“Had to be intended as ‘anal retentive,'” says one of my Twitter followers.
UPDATE: Writer Paul Turner tells seattlepi.com that the headline is correct. “I was wanting to include ‘anal’ in the head. As in ‘anal-retentive,'” he explained. “Though I was quite mindful of how the head sounded and hoped it would attract readers, I felt like the actual post would clarify the matter.”