MGWCC #015 -- Friday, September 12, 2008 -- "Return to Alaska"

Ahoy, Fellow Cruciverbalists! Welcome to Week 15 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.


Hey, we broke 60! That's how many solvers realized that last week's six theme entries -- MULTIPLIERS, BARROOM BRAWL, KENNESAW, MANDRILL, SHEVARDNADZE, and LILLEHAMMER -- all had something in common. What is it? They all end in the names of TOOLS, which was last week's contest answer word (located at 68-across; see solution at left).

Several solvers asked if SHEVARDNADZE had ever been used in a crossword before. I don't know, but Bob Klahn would -- if you're reading this, Bob, tell us! [UPDATE, 9/12, 4:50 PM ET -- Bob Klahn writes: "Matt, none of the 32,500-plus published puzzles in my puzzlebase contained the entry SHEVARDNADZE ... until now." Thanks!]

Last week's winner, whose name was chosen randomly from the 60 -- count 'em, 60! -- correct entries, is Jayne Boisvert of Latham, N.Y. Jayne has selected as her prize an autographed copy of Gridlock.


One of this week's theme entries could really use a hyphen to get this puzzle's gimmick across. That theme entry, properly hyphenated, is this week's contest answer word. E-mail it to me (the actual entry in the grid, not the clue number) at crosswordcontest@gmail.com by Tuesday at noon ET. Please put the contest answer word in the subject line of your e-mail.

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