bonjour! joon here to report on episode XLIV of matt gaffney's weekly crossword contest. this week's puzzle, "Passionate About Puzzles," features a quip theme, a first for the MGWCC. the quip is clued as [PART 1 OF BUMPER STICKER], etc., and reads:
DO IT EACH MORNING
AND ALL DAY SUNDAY
cute, i guess, although really, ALL DAY FRIDAY would be a bit more accurate, at least for me. all four of the every-day puzzles, plus the BEQ, CHE, WSJ, and of course, the MGWCC. that's a lot of puzzles!
anyway, what's the metapuzzle? the instructions this week were rather lengthy: The top theme entry (17-across) consists of two words that form a fairly familiar two-word phrase. To get this week's contest answer phrase, anagram the second word in 17-across (while leaving the first word the same) to get a very familiar two-word phrase. This very familiar phrase, which is (of course) fifteen letters long, is this week's contest answer phrase.
so where does that get us? LOVERS anagrams to exactly one other word: SOLVER. and yes, CROSSWORD SOLVER is a very familiar two-word phrase (at least in this crowd), and it's the answer to this week's MGWCC.
the rest of the puzzle wasn't too tough either, as befitting its start-of-the-month status. let's take a look:
that's all for me today. but you'll get lots more of me this week while orange is away.
April 07, 2009