buenos días, amigos! the 41st installment of matt gaffney's weekly crossword contest, "Stick It!", featured normal phrases clued as if they referred to brands of chewing gum:
so what was the metapuzzle? the instructions tell us that This week's contest answer phrase is two words and a total of twelve letters long, and is comprised of two fill entries somewhere in the grid. The phrase answers the clue: "Sticks they brought along on the Apollo 11 mission?" well, the apollo 11 mission is the one with neil armstrong, buzz aldrin, and little-known michael collins that landed on the moon in 1969, so that's a strong hint that the answer might involve 2d, LUNAR ([Word before module or landscape]). LUNAR is five letters, so we're looking for a seven-letter companion. which of the seven-letter entries forms a phrase with lunar? it's 38a, ECLIPSE, clued as [Mitsubishi model]. so LUNAR ECLIPSE looks like it is a good phrase which answers the clue in the instructions. is ECLIPSE a gum? i'd never heard of it, but yes, it is. so that must be the answer. i don't know why these gums (ECLIPSE and ORBIT) are named after astronomical terms.
th-th-th-that's all, folks. catch you next week.
March 17, 2009