MGWCC #207 -- Friday, May 18th, 2012 -- "Oh, It's a Clue!"

Good afternoon, crossword fans -- welcome to Week 207 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.


I'm writing to you from scenic Tybee Island, Georgia, where my new bride Kristin and I are spending our honeymoon (we were married last Thursday). I'm pressed for time here so doing a bare-bones post today: last week's contest answer was DARYL HANNAH, which was submitted by 168 entrants. Please read Joon Pahk's post at Crossword Fiend for an explanation of the meta. Also, I forgot to pick a winner this week so I'll do so next week.

Brian Cross explains his meta-journey:


Dave White took an amusing wrong turn:

What a slog. My first problem was that I printed out at the same time both your puzzle and the Jonesin' puzzle you talked about on the website with the stacks of 15s. Then I did the Jonesin' puzzle and forgot I had printed out two, and so tried to solve your meta off the Jonesin' puzzle. Joon probably could've solved it somehow....I was taking the eight letters in each down column from the eight 15 letter answers, anagramming, etc.

And Anna Gundlach writes:

i stared at the scrap paper where i wrote out RADAR ABABA etc for a while complaining to myself that there were like NO clues as to who i was looking for then it jumped out at me! it's been ages since I've done one of your contests and this is a pretty apt puzzle for me to jump back in with.


This week's contest answer is one of the 15 Cabinet departments of the U.S. government. E-mail it to me at crosswordcontest@gmail.com by Tuesday at noon ET. Please put the contest answer 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 (1,724 members now!) here.

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

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