OK, Mr. Lieb, you won this round. After three semi-long plodding sessions, I finally had a letter in every square, only to find that I had spelled CHECHNYA and TERRiCREWS incorrectly. I should have known better, but, well ... this time I didn't.
The top, right, and bottom went along normally for a Friday - challenging, but gettable. MILHOUSE, LITEBRITE (Classic toy with colored pegs), and MOVEMBER (Annual event to grow awareness of men's health issues) (see photo) went in without crosses, but ANITA (Rita Moreno's "West Side Story" role), BASILICAS (Places of worship), and THEDOLE (Government assistance) took far longer to come into focus.
|The author at a MOVEMBER event in 2012. Frannie was nominated for "Miss Movember" at the party, but we left before the winners were announced. I have always assumed that she won.|
It was a struggle, but in a good way. Pinned together at the top and bottom with little things like NOS, MCI, ERS, and AGA (and I was never going to get ACC without every cross!), but in the end it was all worth it. Incongruities abounded - HIROHITO crossing URKEL, LEIA crossing ELCID, NASCARDAD beside GRAYBEARD ... fun!
I believe last week's Friday was harder for me than Saturday. I look forward to seeing whether or not that is true again.