WSJ Contest – June 15, 2018

untimed (Evad) 


Patrick Berry’s Wall Street Journal contest crossword, “Go-Betweens”—Dave Sullivan’s write-up

WSJ Contest – 6/15/18 – “Go-Betweens”

This week we’re in search of a go-between of sorts. Okay, so what are the theme answers?

  • 17a. [“It slices! It dices!” product], VEG-O-MATIC – surprisingly, they’re still available! I’d add operators are standing by, but that may give away too much at this point…
  • 24a. [How some saw the “Thrilla in Manilla”], PAY-PER-VIEW
  • 50a. [Like some parents], STAY-AT-HOME
  • 58a. [As likely to fail as to succeed], HIT-OR-MISS

So it’s pretty obvious that the “go-betweens” in each of these are what’s between the hyphens. Read from top to bottom, you have OPERATOR, which, I guess at least back when you could dial 0 to get one, they would help connect you to the party you are trying to dial.

Pretty easy meta, but that’s ok as it’s been a pretty busy weekend for me. My favorite clue was the funny [Go beyond the pail?] for SLOSH. See you next week!

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4 Responses to WSJ Contest – June 15, 2018

  1. Amanda says:

    Whoa. I submitted HYPHEN because that’s what’s between each of the parts. Thought that was a slam dunk.

  2. JohnH says:

    Not hard, give or take remembering the Veg-o-Matic and remembering, too, that it wasn’t spelled as one word. Must admit also to a couple of false starts, which was nice. One was the GO of “go-betweens” in VEGOMATIC, another the opposition of GO and STAY(-at-Home), and another was CONJOIN as mediating.

  3. Garrett says:

    I stacked them up and noticed O PER then AT OR pretty much right away. I’m surprised I did not notice it while filling the grid.

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