MGWCC #038 -- Friday, February 20th, 2009 -- "Click for Puzzle"

Ahoy, Fellow Cruciverbalists! Welcome to Week 38 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.


And then there were 107. That's how many solvers figured out last week's contest answer words, three related palindromes of two words and nine letters each: KNIFE FINK, KROFT FORK, and SPOON OOPS. Solution at top left.

They got there by solving the three crossword-style clues at the grid's 15-letter entries: ASSAULT A STOOLIE, STEVE'S CHESS PLOY, and SOUP EATER'S ERROR. Lots of solvers mentioned getting stuck on some variation of "tar a rat" for the first one, and some mentioned never having heard of longtime "60 Minutes" correspondent Steve Kroft. Also a lot of "spork" jokes came in, which I'll do you a favor and not share.

Garrett Hildebrand sends in another decent palindrome for SOUP EATER'S ERROR:

"no bib on"


This week's winner, whose name was chosen at random from the 107 correct entries received, is Tristan Davies of Mansfield, Mass. Tristan has selected as his prize an autographed copy of Sip & Solve Hard Crosswords.


1) I have an article about KenKen in Slate today:


I'm pleased with the article, though it's not as pithy as Jon88's view on the new puzzle:


2) I unfortunately can't make the ACPT this year (that's two in a row missed for me) so I'll catch all of you at the 2010 version. In response to several requests, I will post next week's puzzle on Thursday, Feb. 26th, to give contestants something to do on the plane/train ride to Brooklyn.


This week's contest answer word is a five-letter surname. 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. [IMPORTANT UPDATE, 10/8/10 -- this puzzle's meta is no longer solvable due to an expired link. -- MG]

To print the puzzle out, click on the image below and hit "print" on your browser. To solve using Across Lite, join the Google Group here:


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

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