Sunday, January 26, 2020

Sunday, January 26, 2020, Erik Agard


This Sunday puzzle has a lot of theme - ten (!) theme answers plus a message that clues a little game wherein you change each theme entry to find a secret phrase. Most of the theme entries are perfectly normal things, like SKINNYJEANS and TIMEFLIES, but others, like LIZCAMBAGE (*Holder of the single-game W.N.B.A. scoring record (53 points)) and EYEPOPPER (*Something visually arresting) may not be all that common to many solvers. Still, it's quite a feat to find ten phrases that contain ten words that can be transformed into ten foods, and then to have the changed letters spell out, in the proper order, "break bread." Amazing really.

Body of water greatly shrunk by 1960s [and beyond] Soviet irrigation
And to do all that while still getting in such lovely answers as PIANOSONATAS, CATNAPS, GRAMMARPOLICE, and RINGTHEALARM, well, that's pretty amazing.

This review will be SUCCINCT, as I don't have too much more to say. I find this to be an impressive display of crosswording SAVOIR-faire. SMAZE'ing!

Frannie takes over on MONDAY.

- Horace


  1. Wasn't it fun? I loved the whole thing, from start to finish!

  2. 22:02
    A little fast, and I didn't know all of that was going on in the theme answers until reading Horace's review. Pretty impressive. The clue for OBITS, a common crossword answer, was fresh, I thought. And I'd never heard the palindrome featuring Lisa BONET, so that was a nice bit of trivia. The only theme answer for which I needed all crosses was LIZCAMBAGE.