Friday, July 11th, 2008 -- MGWCC #006 -- "Can You Dig It?"

Ahoy, Fellow Cruciverbalists! Welcome to Week Six of my crossword contest. If you're new to the contest and would like to enter, please see the site FAQ on the left sidebar for instructions.


47 solvers correctly figured out that my middle name is CLARK, which was last week's contest answer word. They got it from the four long theme entries in the grid: 17-across pointed out that the contest answer word was FIVE LETTERS LONG, 27- and 46-across noted that it consisted of THREE SUCCESSIVE CHEMICAL SYMBOLS, while 61-across revealed the relevance of the word: IT'S MY MIDDLE NAME (see solution at left).

Out came the periodic tables, and the most familiar five-letter sequence showed up at elements 17, 18, and 19 -- Chlorine, Argon, and Potassium -- whose chemical symbols are Cl, Ar, and K, or CLARK. Verification, which quite a few solvers picked up on, came from the three answers on the top row of the grid: BAR, KENT, and GABLE.

Last week's lucky winner, chosen randomly from the 47 correct entries received, is Fay Eastwood of Verona, N.Y. Fay has opted to receive a copy of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Crossword Puzzles & Word Games as her prize (and she clarifies that this is for her husband, not for her!).

THIS WEEK'S INSTRUCTIONS: This week's crossword grid is missing one letter of the alphabet. Which one is it? E-mail it to me at crosswordcontest@gmail.com by noon ET on Tuesday. Please put this week's contest answer letter (!) in the subject line of your e-mail.

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Solve well, and be not led astray by words intended to deceive.