The latest meta contest puzzle from Francis Heaney, “Going Way Too Far”, had its deadline for submissions close at midnight. Here’s the solution!
For those not familiar, Wednesday’s puzzle was a Going Too Far variety puzzle, where entries would occasionally slip into the gray squares to spell out a phrase. In this case, the puzzle is going way too far, with entries breaking over into other entries to spell out even more phrases. I’ll let the puzzle instructions spell that out a little more clearly:
“In this puzzle, some entries are one letter too long to fit in their assigned space, and must extend into one of the grid’s gray squares. Some other entries are two letters too long, and will break through a gray square and into the square beyond it. Each gray square will be used exactly once, and the letters in them (reading left to right, line by line from top to bottom) will spell a clue to a final answer; the letters that break through the gray squares will reveal who’s responsible, and help confirm the final answer…”
All settled? Here’s the grid – there wasn’t a .PUZ file this week, so you’re stuck with my (mostly neat) handwriting. I’ve indicated the entries that “broke through” with a circle — sometimes they do that going across, as in 10A‘s KERMIT (“Frog who drinks tea in a meme”), and other times they do that going down, as in 25D‘s OBEDIENCE (“It’s taught at certain schools”)
Once you’ve puzzled out how the answers slot in and utilize the gray squares, the message you get from those is FERRIS BUELLER SONG THAT IS APT TO THIS PUZZLE.
The following entries spell go one further than these entries, breaking into another entry’s space:
- 10A: Frog who drinks tea in a meme — KERMIT
- 15A: Person at a lectern — ORATOR
- 25D: It’s taught at certain schools — OBEDIENCE
- 24A: “Noble House” author James — CLAVELL
- 2D: Dramamine prevents it — NAUSEA
- 13D: Set of kettledrums: Var. — TYMPANI
- 46A: Steak ___ — DIANE
- 61D: Book of prayers — MISSAL
- 66A: Verse — STANZA
- 70A: Brand of chocolate that sounds logical — RIESEN
The letters stepping over their boundaries in the puzzle spell out KOOL-AID MAN.
He’s the one responsible for letters breaking through, and a song from the Ferris Bueller soundtrack is the final answer. Putting both of those together gives only one thing: Yello’s “OH YEAH”
I did not know this song had an official music video, or that the band had an official VEVO.
That about sums this puzzle up – the variety nature of its construction makes it hard to evaluate as a normal crossword, but I liked this one! Side note: did you know there’s a whole market for trading vintage Kool-Aid packets? The Takeout had an interesting deep dive on it.
Hope you enjoyed this one too!
I really enjoyed this one – a good meta for people new to the form.
The movie uses the song when Ferris takes the Ferrari (arguably going way too far) but NOT when the Ferrari breaks through a wall.
Ferris actually breaks (fourth) walls all the time.
Ah, that’s true! The movie is indeed famous for Ferris’s asides that break the fourth wall. An nice additional connection for an already great meta.
It just goes to show. Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.
and also proclaims, “You can never go too far” in one of those fourth wall asides….
I remembered it from the ending credits scene (with Rooney boarding the bus), but you’re right, it appears a couple of times!