Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Wednesday, February 16, 2022, Rich Proulx

A theme tailor-made to make an impression: the theme answers, WHITECOLLAR, GREENSLEEVES, SILVERLINING, and YELLOWTAILS when put together would certainly result in an eye-catching COATOFMANYCOLORS. I was a little slow picking up the thread of the theme, partly because I didn't remember that the coat story comes from Genesis. In review, I noticed that all but one of the theme clues called for information I didn't have at my fingertips, revealing gaps in my general knowledge - "Upside, when down" for SILVERLINING was the only one I got right off the clue. On the topic of time, the solve as a whole seamed slow for this solver. While I can't point to any specific difficulties, it was a relatively slow solve (10:45) for a Wednesday - maybe due in part to the somewhat larger-than-average grid. 

Bermicourt, CC BY-SA 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

The two sets of longer down answers in the northeast and southwest were all solid. Interesting bit about the original title of LATRAVIATA. Elsewhere, I liked "Key that's never used alone: Abbr." (CTRL), "They're placed in locks" (OARS), "Carrot's counterpart" (STICK), and of course, the MILNE quote, "People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day." :)

Fill-wise, I liked SMASH, SASS, SCREE, and SCRY. And how about the crossover fun of Spelling Bee darlings TORI and TARSI? Fitting.



  1. Shocked! Shocked at the egregious misspelling of 'COLOURS'!!! ha ha excuse me, my Canuckness is showing.... This was a nice juicy one, with not much revealing itself instantly but all fair throughout (except maybe FOER, which required all the crossers).

    One of the first things I ever saw in a theatre was a high-school production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Made a huge impact at the time and has stuck with me ever since!

  2. I never saw the musical but always loved the story -- the end always makes me cry no matter how often I hear it. So that answer plopped in immediately. I enjoyed the theme answers very much. Had SAVE ME instead of SAVE US for 'way too long, and in the end, realized I'd misspelled PREP. But a delightful time!