puzzle -2:30 or so
hello friends! i'm back to blog episode #45 of matt gaffney's weekly crossword contest, "The Birds And ..." the theme of the puzzle is quite similar to a peter gordon puzzle from three months ago called Hitchcock Double Features: pairs of hitchcock film titles combined to form wacky phrases. impressively, there are five 15-letter theme answers:
what about the metapuzzle? the contest instructions tell us that This week's contest answer word is a four-letter entry in this crossword grid's fill. well, there's a conspicuous four-letter fill word which is also a hitchcock title: ROPE. and that's the answer.
updated to add: i totally missed the clue for ROPE on my first pass: [Plum choice, perhaps]. doesn't make much sense at first, but if you think "professor plum, in the study, with the ROPE," it all comes together. (thanks wobbith!) great clue. as an added bonus, this sense of ROPE is pretty close to the sense in which ROPE is being used by hitchcock in the movie title.
with 79 (!!) theme squares, matt doesn't exactly have a ton of flexibility to work in gorgeous long fill, but there was still the usual smattering of interesting words and clues:
that's all, folks. see you next week.
April 14, 2009