Marie Kelly’s Wall Street Journal contest crossword, “Rainbow Connection”—Dave Sullivan’s write-upGood Monday morning, lovers and dreamers. This week in the WSJ Contest Puzzle we’re looking for a color. Given these are the waning days of Pride Month, I took the title and instructions to imply the colors of the rainbow flag would be important to this meta. Let’s see if that was a good guess (spoiler alert, *NOT*):
I could only find one entry that seemed to be obviously tied to the meta solution:
- 37a. [What the letters in the rainbow mnemonic ROY G BIV represent (they may point you to the answer), HUES
Hmmm….I first wondered if some of the other entries point to one of those colors, perhaps “green” LEGUMES or whatever color CASSAVAS are (tapioca is yellow but I’m not sure if cassavas are?). Anyway, there didn’t seem to be enough of these kind of entries to fill out the rainbow, but what I did notice were a lot of A’s and T’s, particularly running diagonally through the center of the puzzle. This got me thinking that perhaps we were to draw the bands of a rainbow with the letter A somehow, but why A?
As it turns out, letter distributions are the key as I looked at how many A’s there were, I noticed that there was just one I. In fact, there is only one of each letter in the ROY G BIV mnemonic in the grid. That’s peculiar. What if I “connect” them? Shazam! You get an arrow that “points” to the meta solution, the color TEAL running diagonally up from left to right in the upper right of the grid. Lovely idea and a superb execution.
I’ll leave you with this sweet song: