Marie Kelly’s Wall Street Journal contest crossword, “Quartets”—Dave Sullivan’s write-upTravel weekend for me, so apologies in advance for a short post. This week we’re looking for a TV program from the past. The only obvious theme entry is the center grid-spanning 15:
- [Colorful language (and where you’ll discover a helpful question)], FOUR LETTER WORDS
One might think that the two other long acrosses, TIN PAN ALLEY and DAMN YANKEES, had something to do with the theme as well, but it turns out that the four letter words we are looking for are not in the grid at all, which notably has no four-letter entries (save the somewhat distracting FOUR and DAMN in longer entries). Instead, we’re looking for four-letter words in the clues. Reading them from top to bottom, you get the the following “helpful” question:
What game show uses bids that rely upon each note from some song?
Well, being a child of the 70s, I immediately thought of the game show whose title is appropriately made up of 3 four-letter words, NAME THAT TUNE. Et voila!
Fun meta that seems to be a new take on a phrase that has shown up in a few metas in recent memory. My only head-scratcher was the clue for [“Hiroshmia Mon Amour” director], Alain RESNAIS. Have never heard of him or his movie. Am I missing something worthwhile?
Until next week.