MGWCC #496

crossword 2:16 
meta 0 minutes 


hello and welcome to episode #496 of matt gaffney’s weekly crossword contest, “Product Placement”. for this week 1 (of 5) puzzle, i didn’t use the instructions. what are the theme answers? well, first of all, the crossword is a little smaller than usual (13×13). second, there are seven across answers with very, very long clues:

  • {“I’m Matt Gaffney, professional crossword writer. People often ask me: ‘Matt, where do you get the energy to write all these crosswords?’ And I tell them: ‘A good night’s sleep is important, so you’ll never catch me on any mattress that’s not a ___'”} SERTA.
  • {“I also believe in rewarding myself after I’ve polished up a particularly clever crossword. How? More often than not, by polishing off a particularly delicious bowl of ___ ice cream. [Eats spoonful of ice cream] Mmmm!”} EDY’S.
  • {“Keeping your creativity up means keeping your inner child thriving. When I’m stuck for an idea, I spend a few minutes tinkering with the ___ set I keep at the office. Makes me feel like a kid again — and hey! I just came up with a new idea!”} LEGO.
  • {“Comfort in the office is also key. A crossword writer can’t work unless they’re wearing clothes that look good and feel great [puts feet on desk], which is why I’m so often weaving those words in my favorite pair of ___ jeans.”} LEVI’S.
  • {“When it’s time for an afternoon snack, I do what any true crossword writer would — I reach for that sleeve of ___ cookies on my bookshelf. They’re black-and-white, just like crosswords!”} OREO.
  • {“When I’m traveling to a crossword puzzle event, I need to show up on time. My fans want to see me — and I want to see them! So I never play taxicab roulette — I always take an ___ to my destination.”} UBER.
  • {“And at the end of the workday, I always drive the .71 miles from my office to my home in my sporty, energy-efficient ___. It uses no fossil fuels, so I’m both driving those four minutes in style and comfort, but I’m also reducing my carbon footprint.”} TESLA.

taking the first letters of those seven answers in order gives SELLOUT. since the instructions, it turns out, ask for a seven-letter noun, that’s our answer.

this is an amusing but very easy meta. i hope nobody working on a year-end prize was stymied by this one, even if we were forced to solve it without help!

bits & pieces:

that’s all i’ve got this week. did you enjoy this one?

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2 Responses to MGWCC #496

  1. Matt Gaffney says:

    Thanks, Joon. 593 right answers. I’ll post a pic of my free new Tesla on Friday.

  2. Jim S. says:

    This reminded me so much of the Way e’s World movie segment where they were over the top about product placement. Nice ease into what I fear will be a 2-fer month for me, based on Matt’s scary announcement of aiming to break streaks!

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