Marie Kelly’s Wall Street Journal contest crossword, “Bon Voyage!”—Dave Sullivan’s write-upBonjour, mes amis! Today, we’re taking a trip to a vacation destination. So let’s pack our bags and begin our trip.
Five theme entries have clues that are (imho, needlessly) starred:
- 17a. [*Smart], SHARP PAIN – Bread
- 25a. [*”Jaws” sighting], DORSAL FIN – End
- 36a. [*Lingerie innovation of the 1930s], UNDERWIRE BRAS – this one was a bit tough in that “brassiere” comes to us from the French, Arm.
- 49a. [*FaceTime session], VIDEO CHAT – Cat
- 59a. [*Hydrant feeder], WATER MAIN – Hand
Taking a strong clue from the title, I discovered that the second word of each theme phrase is what my high school French teacher might call a “false friend”: French words that look like an English word, but mean something completely different. Take the first letter of each of those English translations and you have BEACH (or should we submit, plage?). Et voilà, le jeu est fait.
Fun meta, I guess I was in a geographical mind before hitting up on The French Connection, as it were. I’ll end with my favorite clue which was 16a. [Legend in the auto business], featuring a “hidden capital” for ACURA. Au revoir!