Matt Gaffney’s Wall Street Journal contest crossword, “That’s an Order!”—Dave Sullivan’s write-upA travel weekend for me, so let’s just dive in. We’re looking for a Bee Gees hit that would’ve made a good final entry in this puzzle. I thought it was telling that the word “final” was in the instructions; meaning that we’re dealing with some type of set of seven (considering 6 theme entries) objects that are in some type of order. So what are those theme entries?
- 16a. [*Immediately upon looking], AT A GLANCE
- 20a. [*Roll the dice], TAKE A CHANCE
- 31a. [*Conestoga circle], WAGON WHEEL
- 40a. [*Land and structures], REAL ESTATE
- 51a. [*It features scrolls up top], IONIC COLUMN
- 57a. [*Added up], MADE SENSE
No immediate click, but the entries “estate” and “column” did have me thinking in terms of ordinal numbers (the press, much in the news of late, is considered the “fourth estate” and a “fifth column” is a clandestine group working to subvert a larger group, such as a government or organization). So going back to the others I discovered:
- First Glance
- Second Chance
- Third Wheel
- Fourth Estate
- Fifth Column
- Sixth Sense
That left me with seventh, and the phrase “seventh heaven” came quickly to mind. Is there a Bee Gees song that ends with the word “heaven” I wondered? Indeed there is:
So our meta answer is Too Much Heaven, which seems like an impossibility to me. Nice job with finding a set of words that belong to phrases beginning with a particular ordinal number, and placing the theme entries in that order. My only confusion is with the word “final” in the instructions, in that “seventh” isn’t a “final” entry in a set of seven, just the next sequential one. (Eighth note, grade or amendment is more ambiguous than the rest, but still another entry in the sequence.) I’ll just finish with one of my favorite clues of late: the faintly nautical [Stern with a bow] for ISAAC. See you next week!