Patrick Berry’s Wall Street Journal contest crossword, “Go-Betweens”—Dave Sullivan’s write-upThis 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!
Whoa. I submitted HYPHEN because that’s what’s between each of the parts. Thought that was a slam dunk.
Me too – I thought it might be too simple but felt good about it.
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.
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.