Mike Shenk’s Wall Street Journal contest crossword, “For Good Measure”—Laura’s review
This week, we’re looking for a unit of measurement.
Step One: Note that there are four longer acrosses that seem unrelated in regard to surface meaning:
- [16a: Grade aid]: EXTRA CREDIT
- [26a: Asset for investors and city drivers]: STEADY NERVES
- [43a: Gate crasher]: BATTERING RAM
- [58a: “No, thank you,” e.g.]: POLITE REPLY
Step Two: Consider that there might be something hidden in the entries, like so:
ACRE, DYNE, GRAM, and LITER are all units of measurement, like our meta answer should be. Just lining those up doesn’t get us anything, so how do we get from these to the answer?
Step Three: Notice that each unit corresponds to a very brief clue that denotes what each measures, like so:
- ACRE == [20a: Area]: PLACE
- DYNE == [48d: Force]: IMPEL
- GRAM == [7d: Mass]: NODE
- LITER == [39d: Volume]: TOME
Step Four: Solve the meta! Those entries line up to spell PINT, which is a unit of measurement.
[65a: Cary of “The Princess Bride”]: ELWES had this to say about a rumored remake:
There’s a shortage of perfect movies in this world. It would be a pity to damage this one. https://t.co/5N8Q3P2e5G
— Cary Elwes (@Cary_Elwes) September 18, 2019
EXTRA EXTRA CREDIT:
Would somebody check the men’s room for a Hugh Jass? Why can’t I find Amanda Huginkiss? Here’s a supercut of [19a: Victim of crank calls from Bart]: MOE.