what up, dawgs. welcome to the 40th puzzle in matt gaffney's weekly crossword contest. this week's puzzle, "And Still Champion," is an homage to a recent crossword contest champion. (no, not me, sadly.) the two "theme" answers in the 70-word grid are:
i'm not sure exactly what this means vis-à-vis last sunday, but in the crossword, the "top two" are the STYLER or [Hair tool] at 1a, and THINMAN or [Classic 1934 Dashiell Hammett mystery, with "The"] at 7a. what do you get when you behead them? why, TYLER HINMAN, that's what.
as this is the first contest of the month, it's intended to be easy, but this was beyond easy. the crossword itself is not all that easy; it's a 70-word grid, with some tricky stuff. 4:51 is about how long a typical thursday NYT takes me. but the metapuzzle was so easy i literally solved it before opening the crossword, just based on the title and the contest instructions: This week's contest answer phrase is two words and a total of eleven letters long. on the heels of tyler's remarkable five-peat at the ACPT, i figured he had to be the answer.
sundries from the fill:
until next week!
March 10, 2009