puzzle 0:01 (approximate)
the 32nd installment of matt gaffney's weekly crossword contest is called "edverbial phrases," and its theme involves anagramming the full names of famous people named ed into wacky verb phrases:
overall, this was one of the easier themes to work out, and the puzzle was easier still. the contest instructions state that The first four letters of one of this puzzle's theme entries also appears as its own entry somewhere in the grid. This four-letter grid entry is this week's contest answer word. well, EDAS, EDKO, and EDBU would be pretty bad crossword entries (although i'm sure i've seen EDAS clued as [LeShan and namesakes] or something equally awkward), but EDAM is a perfectly good crossword entry, and it's the answer. there it is lurking in the grid at 24d, clued as [Food that's an anagram of a drink in this crossword]. whole lotta cross-referencing going on there... what's the drink? why, MEAD, of course, which actually crosses EDAM at the M.
other stuff of note:
January 13, 2009