puzzle about 0:05
hello there. this week's episode of matt gaffney's weekly crossword contest featured a very straightforward crossword and an easy-peasy meta. i'm almost surprised he didn't save it for next month's first friday, but maybe i found it unusually easy. let's have a look at the theme answers:
what do these expressions have in common? why, they're all derived from aesop's fables. the boy who cried wolf is perhaps the most famous of his stories. well, okay, the tortoise and the hare. but then the boy who cried wolf. the fox and the grapes is in there. i, uh, don't know where the lion comes in and how much his share is. and the golden eggs... i thought that was a fairy tale (grimm? mother goose?), not an aesop fable. at any rate, the contest instructions tell us that This week's contest answer is formed by reversing one of the grid entries in today's puzzle. is there anything related to aesop in the grid backwards? why yes: the unusual partial POSE A is right in the middle of the grid at 27d, clued as [___ threat to (endanger)]. spell it backwards and what do you get? turn me on, dead man. wait, no. um, AESOP. and that's the anwser to the contest.
i may have had an unusually easy time with the meta because i recently constructed a puzzle with AESOP as an answer, and leafed through the clue database to see what the various options were, and several of these featured prominently. so aesop was near the front of my brain.
okay, stuff i liked from the fill and clues:
that's all for me. see you next week.
August 18, 2009