MGWCC #050 -- Friday, May 15, 2009 -- "One Down"

Good afternoon, crossword fans -- welcome to Week 50 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.


187 solvers found the BROKEN BONES hidden in last week's theme entries (I'd been hoping for 206 but it was not to be). Solution at top left.

Our ossuary concealed a broken rib, ulna, anvil, and sternum, hidden thusly:


Solvers had been instructed to find a perfect title for the puzzle in two of the grid's entries, and 41-across and 9-across provided it.

This week's winner, whose name was chosen at random from the 187 correct entries received, is Ellen Gadow of Pittstown, N.J. Ellen has selected as her prize an autographed copy of Sip & Solve Hard Crosswords.

Jim Sempsrott provides further theme material:

I didn't want to rush into solving your puzzle last week. After making some safe murky progress with the theme entries, I finally got them and I blew it by not e-mailing you the answer! I bet I biased your statistics by not entering. My heart sank, leaving me with dashed hopes of winning a soon-to-be collectible pen/pencil/notepad set....Next on the puzzle vista, pessimism aside, I eagerly await the next crossword in May.


I've received a number of interesting e-mails over the past year wherein a solver will describe a chance event that finally unlocked a metapuzzle answer in their mind. This may be the best I've received in that category.

At 12:02 PM on Tuesday I got a correct entry from solver W.B., who is a surgeon. I informed him that his answer was right, but it had been sent two minutes too late. His response:

Damn. I usually pull up the puzzle Tuesday morning and think about the meta while seeing my morning patients [!-MG]. My last patient complained of her osteoporosis and how she broke a rib, arm (ulna) and bruised her sternum. I raced to the computer and could hear NPR doing the noon news, fearing it was too late, but the story was too funny not to tell you.


This week's contest answer phrase is a famous person from American history whose first and last names total seven letters. To figure this person's name out, take two grid entries and reverse the gimmick used in the puzzle's theme. E-mail the contest answer phrase to me at crosswordcontest@gmail.com by Tuesday at noon ET. Please put the contest answer phrase 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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