Mike Shenk’s Wall Street Journal contest crossword, “Four Characters in Search of a Movie”—Laura’s review
I’m very pleased to be reviewing this metapuzzle by Mike Shenk; I hope to solve many more by him in the future. For those looking for Raul Ellaray and his frequent cosolver Sally J. Reese, be assured that they may return if the need arises.
This week were looking for “a film of the 2010s.” Here in New Hampshire, the snow glows white on the mountain tonight as I solve this grid:
[17a: Recipe stored in an Atlanta vault]: COCACOLA FORMULA
[23a: Chef’s concoction named for Louis XIV’s chief steward]: BECHAMEL SAUCE
[42a: Chad, for one]: AFRICAN NATION
[55a: Caret rotated 90 degrees clockwise]: GREATER THAN SIGN
It’s time to see what I can do, to test the limits and break through this meta, to find the names of four characters hidden in the theme entries:
COCACOLA FORMULA = OLAF, the snowman in Disney’s 2013 film Frozen
BECHAMEL SAUCE = ELSA, Queen of Arendelle
AFRICAN NATION = ANNA, Elsa’s younger sister
GREATER THAN SIGN = HANS, a prince who is wooing Anna
Can’t hold it back anymore — there’s our answer! I’d give this 0.5 metaweeks on the Gaffney Scale — a nice, simple entry-level contest puzzle. Let the storm rage on!