MGWCC #152 -- Friday, April 29th, 2011 -- "Drinking Game"

Good afternoon, crossword fans -- welcome to Week 152 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.


218 Double Skim Caramel Macchiato Latte fans found STARBUCKS as last week's contest answer. They noticed that the four main sizes of that company's fine coffee beverages concealed themselves in the theme entries:


Tricky for a hidden-word meta, since the only English one of the four is the unremarkable TALL, and the eye doesn't tend to scan for foreign words.

Matthew Grieco writes:

Boy did I get this one in a roundabout way at the last minute! I was stumped, and decided to start anagramming the theme entries for lack of a better idea. One anagram of AT ALL TIMES is A LATTE SLIM. That got me thinking of Starbucks, and then, bam, the clue in the title "Size Matters" hit me, and a quick scan of the grid revealed TALL, GRANDE, VENTI and TRENTA.

I'd wondered if anyone would happen to do this puzzle while in a Starbucks. Jerry Rosman came through:

I solved this while sitting in a Starbucks at the Silverton Casino in Las Vegas killing time while my wife gambled.

This week's winner, whose name was chosen at random from the 218 correct entries received, is Herb Kaplan of Woodland Hills, Calif. In addition to a MGWCC pen, pencil and notepad set, Herb will also receive an autographed copy of Patrick Jordan's new book Crafty Crosswords. Next week we return to regular book prizes.


This week's contest answer is an alcoholic drink with thirteen letters in its name. E-mail it to me at crosswordcontest@gmail.com by Tuesday at noon ET. Please put the contest answer drink 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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