MGWCC #162 -- Monday, July 11th, 2011 -- "Right Between the Eyes"

Good afternoon, crossword fans -- welcome to Week 162 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.


DELTA was the Greek letter that served as last week's contest answer, found by 294 solvers. Three Δ's showed up at 35-across, referencing the DELTA DELTA DELTA sorority of a 1990s "Saturday Night Live" sketch. And three DELTAs are exactly what solvers needed at 16- and 60-across to make six phrases: DELTA BLUES, DELTA FORCE, DELTA DAWN, DELTA AIRLINES, DELTA WING and DELTA RAY.

Crossing the rebus answers we had:

28-d MOΔNK (that's MODEL TANK)

This week's winner, whose name was chosen at random from the 294 correct entries received, is Wayne Mesard of Belmont, Mass. In addition to a MGWCC pen, pencil and notepad set, Wayne will also receive a copy of Brendan Quigley's entertaining new 21x21 freestyle. Next week we return to regular book prizes.


This week's contest answer is an eight-letter kind of container. E-mail it to me at crosswordcontest@gmail.com by Thursday at noon ET. Please put the contest answer container 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 either solve on the applet below or download the free software here, then join the Google Group (1,533 members now!) here. To solve with friends at Team Crossword, click here. [UPDATE, 7/11, 2:35 PM ET: Oops, 5-down should have ended one word sooner...}

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

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