crossword about 5 hours to write
Matt here, self-blogging this week since the joonmeister is otherwise occupied (three kids, job, residual “Jeopardy!” celebrity — hey, there’s a lot to get done).
672 solvers found the late PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN as last week’s meta answer. Three squares in the grid contained the rebus letters PSH, all clued with movie references:
17-A [“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” actress, who later married Steven Spielberg] = KATE CA(PSH)AW, crossing RA(P SH)EET
31-D/38-A [1984 Jodie Foster/Rob Lowe movie] = THE HOTEL NEW HAM(PSH)IRE, crossing JUM(P SH)IP
60-A [Focus on the face, often] = CLOSE-U(P SH)OT, crossing CO(P SH)OW
Which could only lead to the late Mr. Hoffman. I rewatched “The Talented Mr. Ripley” last night, which gave this puzzle its title and in which Hoffman had a small but memorable role. It holds up well, and Hoffman is nice and hateable in it. RIP, PSH.
Here’s a NSFW clip of outtakes from “The Master” with Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix. Very funny. The crossword I self-give 4.00 stars.