Good afternoon, crossword fans -- welcome to Week 47 of my contest. If you're new to the contest and would like to enter, please see the site FAQ on the left sidebar for instructions.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS:
I'm finally getting a handle on this level-of-difficulty concept. 139 solvers correctly sent in last week's contest answer phrase, which was MAJOR ARCANA. This means that the three April puzzles have yielded 249, 201, and 139 correct answers so far, a nice, even weekly progression. Which also means we ought to have about 100 entries this week, though I'm thinking it may be fewer. First things first, however.
Each of the five theme entries in last week's puzzle ended in the name of a tarot card (emboldened): GOOD AND EVIL, THE CLOVERS, I'M A CHANGED MAN, BLACK AS TAR, and LAUNCH A RIOT. Those five come from the 22 tarot cards known as the MAJOR ARCANA, which was found at the interlock of 44-across and 45-down. Solution at top left.
This week's winner, whose name was chosen at random from the 139 correct entries received, is Rachel Pleasants of Cambridge, Mass. Rachel has chosen as her prize an autographed copy of Sip & Solve Hard Crosswords.
1) Christopher Shaw points out an error in MGWCC #046: at 28-across, the Spanish word for "rat" is "rata," not the RATO I had in the grid. Disculpame.
2) Justin Smith's "Five Aprils" crossword contest is underway (halfway done, but there's still time to enter). Check it out here:
THIS WEEK'S INSTRUCTIONS:
This week's contest answer word is a well-known four-letter geographical place name. E-mail it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday at noon ET. Please put the contest answer word in the subject line of your e-mail.
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.
Posted by Matt Gaffney at 12:08 PM