Mike Shenk’s Wall Street Journal contest crossword, “Horseplay”—Laura’s review
Short, sweet post tonight! Got a lot going on!
This week we’re looking for a pair of well-known characters. Clearly the entry at 65-Across is a big hint:
- [65a: Start on the first letter and finish on the last after 23 moves]: KNIGHT
It’s possible that I had a hangover from Rich’s MGWCC guest month puzzle a few weeks ago, which used a similar mechanism, but I needed a nudge from a solving pal to figure out that the clue meant the first and last letters of the word KNIGHT and not the first and last letters of the grid. But from there it was a cinch.
Start at the K in KNIGHT, and make 23 “knight moves” to spell:
KING ARTHUR AND SIR LANCELOT
… who are a pair of well-known characters and our answer this week. Does the shape the moves make look like a horse? Maybe kinda?
Bonus video — The Muppets take on [38d: “Mack the Knife” composer]: WEILL‘s famous song: