did i scare you? no? oh, well. it's hell month over at matt gaffney's weekly crossword contest, which surely means something sinister is coming up, because this week's puzzle, "Black-Hearted," wasn't particularly tough for a first-of-the-month. let's have a look at the theme answers:
what do these theme answers have in common? aided by the puzzle's title, we notice that they all contain the letters RAVEN in consecutive order: CONTRAVENE, VENTNOR AVENUE, INTRAVENOUS DRIP, BRAVE NEW WORLD, and COBRA VENOM. what does that mean about the contest answer? the instructions tell us that Hell Month contest answer #1 is the name of a well-known author. no problem, then: edgar allan poe wrote the raven, a spectacular poem in trochaic octameter (boo!). it's definitely creepy enough to be a fitting start to hell month.
on the other hand, this puzzle wasn't so tough for a MGWCC. the theme answers were all clued plainly, and include no off-beat made-up phrases like KON-TIKI RONDEAUX. and the fill wasn't terribly tough, either. i suspect matt has some tougher challenges planned for us in the weeks ahead. highlights:
that's all for this week, but there's more hell to pay...
October 07, 2009