MGWCC #032 -- Friday, January 9, 2009 -- "Edverbial Phrases"

Ahoy, Fellow Cruciverbalists! Welcome to Week 32 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.


I guess last week's puzzle was easy, since a record 118 entries -- every single one correct -- flooded the cavernous offices of MGWCC. Everyone figured out the four theme entries -- NAAN ANNA, TOOT OTTO, POOP OPPO, and SEES ESSE -- and successfully anagrammed the eight letters found twice in these eight words to get TEASPOON, which was last week's contest answer word.

Got a lot of mail about the clue at 1-across, an answer-specific trap that hooked many solvers. At four letters, {Cusack of "Say Anything," "High Fidelity" and "Grosse Pointe Blank"} was the gimme JOHN, of course...except that his sister JOAN also acted in those movies, and she was the right fit here.

Garrett Hildebrand

I could not understand what the hell was wrong with 3D.
I had H_AL_N with no idea of Myrdal's name except I had
AL_A and no idea of ___ Pepe but I had TI_. I decided it
must be Alia and Tia so that left me with HIALAN and it
sure did not look right! Later, when I had access to a
computer I googled and got Alva and Tio, and then I had

You know, not only were the Cusacks in those three movies,
but [former MGWCC champ -- MG] Lee Knutson discovered they were in ten! Oh, so wicked.

This week's winner, whose name was chosen at random from the 118 correct entries received, is G.S. of whereabouts unknown. Updated when I hear from him, my fault for the late notification [UPDATE, 1/9/09, 5:05 PM ET: that would be Garo Sassouni of West Hollywood, Calif. Garo has selected as his prize an autographed copy of Sip & Solve Hard Crosswords].


The first four letters of one of this puzzle's theme entries also appears as its own entry somewhere in the grid. This four-letter grid entry is this week's contest answer word. E-mail it to me 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.

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