Marie Kelly’s (Really Mike) Wall Street Journal contest crossword, “One of a Kind”—Dave Sullivan’s write-upThis week we’re in search of a famous entertainer. I wonder if it would be Cedric, or if you’re a fan of Portugal’s national football team, Cédric.
Again, there’s no confusion over what are our thematic entries, as each has an asterisk preceding its clue:
- 17a. [*Sure and more], ANTIPERSPIRANTS – a “masked capital” with the proper product name leading the clue
- 25a. [*Whiner who’s not a winner], SORE LOSER
- 36a. [*”Grey’s Anatomy” spinoff], PRIVATE PRACTICE – is this a new TV drama? I’ve never heard of it
- 46a. [*Pickle-making ingredients], DILL SEEDS – I guessed CUCUMBERS first.
- 58a. [*Lies low], GOES UNDERGROUND
I wish the title were a bit more obscure, it seemed to give too much away in my humble opinion. DEEP SIX for [Eliminate] was a nice entry to tie three of the five theme entries together. And though a fan of Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide series, I had forgotten that their onboard computer was named EDDIE. And why not, since HAL was already taken?
I think this puzzle is a little more elegant than it seems. How hard is it to find phrases with every letter appearing exactly twice except for ONE letter that appears only once? Maybe it is easier than I think, but I thought it was phenomenal. Yes, the title gave too much away, but still a feat of construction!