MGWCC #209 -- Friday, June 1st, 2012 -- "Olympic Game"

Good afternoon, crossword fans -- welcome to Week 209 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.


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We were looking for a famous one-named person last week, so who could it be -- Madonna or Michelangelo? Pele or Prince? Socrates or Sting? Let's take a look.

There was just one obvious theme answer, and they don't get more obvious than 39-across: FIND SEVEN B-WORDS was the answer, clued simply as [How to solve the meta]. There were just three words starting with B in the puzzle grid, so that doesn't work. But exactly seven clues began with a B, so let's take a look at those:

1-a "Bali ___" = HAI
17-a Blarney Stone conferral = GIFT OF GAB
28-a Bruschetta ingredient = TOMATO
49-a Brahmin's city = BOSTON
64-a Baghdad area = GREEN ZONE
12-d Bibi's party = LIKUD
52-a Baha'i tenet = UNITY

What to do with those seven B-words? Hyperskilled metasolvers noticed that each of the seven refers to a specific country, and those countries share a common link:

Bali is an island in Indonesia
Blarney is the gift of gab in Ireland
Bruschetta is an Italian dish
Brahmins are from India
Baghdad is the capital of Iraq
Bibi is the nickname of Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel
Bahai was founded in Iran

Seven I countries? That can't be a coincidence. In fact, the only missing I-country in the world is Iceland, so is there a famous one-named person from Iceland beginning with B? Why, yes -- the mysterious singer BJÖRK, the most famous Icelander of them all and the Scrabbliest of the one-named crowd -- and last week's contest answer. With or without umlaut naturally acceptable, although you must admit it looks cooler with.

Miss Kali writes, while submitting BJÖRK:

Considering I'm likely your only one-named contestant, I really hope I nailed this one.

This week's winner, whose name was chosen at random from the 74 correct entries received, is Jared Banta of Los Angeles, Calif. Jared has selected as his prize an autographed copy of Sip & Solve Hard Crosswords.


30 solvers submitted the correct contest answer to all four of May's challenges (MONOPOLY, DARYL HANNAH, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, BJÖRK). The following ten lucky and skillful winners, chosen randomly from that group, will receive a MGWCC pen, pencil and notepad set:

Laura Effinger-Dean -- Seattle, Wash.

Nathan Fung -- Brighton, Mass.

Mark Halpin -- Cold Spring, Ky.

Jeremiahs Johnson -- Lafayette, Calif.

Dan Katz -- Providence, R.I.

Paul Melamud -- Milford, N.J.

Mark Navarrete -- Quezon City, Philippines

Daniel Simoncini -- Northampton, Mass.

Ken Stern -- Brooklyn. N.Y.

Sean Trowbridge -- Redmond, Wash.

Congratulations to our ten winners, and to everyone who went 4-for-4 in May (it wasn't easy to do).


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1 comment:

jefe said...

You forgot to mention the title, Lost Island = I-land, in the write-up!