MGWCC #393

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mgwcc393hello and happy december, everyone! welcome to episode #393 of matt gaffney’s weekly crossword contest, “The Sands of Time”. for this easier-than-usual week 2 puzzle, matt challenges us to find one of a familiar seven. the theme answers this week spell out a four-part question: IT ALWAYS SEEMS AS / THOUGH IT IS WHICH / DAY OF THE WEEK FOR / DROMEDARY CAMELS? why, that would be hump day, aka wednesday.

if last week was tougher than usual for a week 1, this certainly feels easy for a week 2. the only way to miss it, i guess, is to never have heard of “hump day”. although there’s nothing actually broken about this meta, i didn’t love it and probably in a few months i won’t remember it. the phrasing of the riddle is pretty awkward, i assume to get it to fit into 15-letter chunks and save the identifying clue (DROMEDARY CAMELS) for the end. and the punch line didn’t do a lot for me.

in the fill, i did like seeing the jocular THIRDED and the curious (possible) etymology of {Beast possibly derived from the Etruscan god Orcus, an eater of humans} OGRE. i definitely had ORCA there for a while, and i assume cluing it as a “beast” was a deliberate trap by matt.

that’s all i’ve got. have a great week, everybody!

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11 Responses to MGWCC #393

  1. Scott says:

    Maybe easy, but I still liked it.

  2. Matt Gaffney says:

    I had never seen (or heard of) the Geico ad that used this joke. But the ad is amusing.

  3. Dele says:

    If you’re Matt Gaffney, you construct delightful crossword metas. It’s what you do.

  4. Mutman says:

    Was ‘Humpday’ submitted and/or accepted?

    Just wondering.

    • Tim H. says:

      It was for me. I didn’t contemplate submitting anything but, since it doesn’t work as a joke otherwise.

      • Matthew G. says:

        I figured both would be accepted, but went with Wednesday because I’m boring. I imagine that hesitating over this question was the only delay anyone had in solving this meta.

  5. Slowpoke Rodriguez says:

    What happened to Cenarius and Vraal?! Surely their epic streaks wouldn’t be stopped by this challenge.

  6. Pickleman says:

    Hey Matt Matt Matt Matt! Guess what day it is

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