Mike Shenk’s Wall Street Journal contest crossword, “Variety Show”—Laura’s review
Short post because I am completely exhausted after a week of trying to figure out working and schooling from home, and after a Saturday of helping to run the entirely awesome Crossword Contest From Your Couch — if you missed #CouchWord, you can still get the puzzles to solve. No charge, but please donate to COVID-19 relief in your area, perhaps a local food bank.
Quick plug also for an article that Matt Gaffney wrote about the WSJ contest, and some profiles of solvers. (Hmmn, no mention of the Fiend?)
This week, Mike challenges us to find a ten-letter word.
- [18a: Collateral for a loan, at times]: HOME EQUITY
- [20a: Vampire repellent]: HOLY WATER
- [39a: Pilot program, of a sort]: FLIGHT SIMULATOR
- [56a: Vanilla quaff ]: CREAM SODA
- [61a: Show]: THIRD PLACE
And there, in the final themer, is the key: Take the letters in the THIRD PLACE of each word in theme entry:
… and we get MULTIMEDIA, which is a ten-letter word for, I suppose, the metaphorical “variety show” of the title, and our answer.
That’s all I have this week. Take care of yourselves and your loved ones.