MGWCC #180 -- Friday, Nov. 11th, 2011 -- "Science Digest"

Good afternoon, crossword fans -- welcome to Week 180 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.


348 solvers found CARNEGIE MELLON as last week's contest answer school (and indeed, you can't spell CARNEGIE MELLON without C-O-L-L-E-G-E). The puzzle's theme featured four fictional schools:

17-a {College known for its school of performing arts?} = GRIFFITH KAUFMAN
24-a {College known for its school of political science?} = JACKSON JOHNSON
43-a {College known for its school of journalism?} = SULLIVAN ROONEY
57-a {College known for its music school?} = LLOYD WEBBER GIBB

What would all these fictional universities have in common? They're named for two people named ANDREW or ANDY: actor Andy Griffith / comedian Andy Kaufman; presidents Andrew Jackson and Andrew Johnson; journalists Andrew Sullivan and (recently departed) Andy Rooney; and musical greats Andrew Lloyd Webber and Andy Gibb.

So we're looking for a college in the Top 50 list of US News & World Report, and we find it at #23, named for tycoon Andrew Carnegie and banker Andrew Mellon (both of whom also went by "Andy" among friends, incidentally).

Milo Beckman explains:

I did a bit of Googling, andrew the conclusion from there.

Andrew Sullivan

I like the theme, and especially the answer at 43-across, though I'm
not that person.

Mark Taylor says:

I got a math degree from CMU and on the diploma it says my degree is in MATHEMTAICS. Yes, they spelled math wrong. Great school otherwise!

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This week's winner, whose name was chosen at random from the 348 correct entries received, is Bill Spindler of Palmyra, Va. In addition to a MGWCC pen, pencil and notepad set, Bill will also receive a copy of my new book 20 Minute On-the-Road Crossword Puzzles. Weekly winners throughout November will receive either the same or its companion book 20 Minute While-You-Wait Crossword Puzzles.


13 solvers (Rick T. was first) pointed out that "And She Was" (referenced at 23-down) is not a Grateful Dead song but rather a Talking Heads song. And It Was.


I didn't write a special puzzle for 11/11/11, but someone else did and I like it very much.


This week's contest answer is a famous scientist. E-mail it to me at crosswordcontest@gmail.com by Tuesday at noon ET. Please put the contest answer scientist 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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