Matt Gaffney’s Wall Street Journal contest crossword, “Tormented Artists”—Laura’s review
This week, we’re looking for a food often painted by artists.
There are six long acrosses, and they’re kinda wacky:
- [7a: Annual festival when everybody eats a trendy fish dish?]: POKE HOLIDAY
- [23a: Pack animal that tells brazen lies?]: LLAMA GASLIGHTER
- [33a: Elevator built in the 1930s?]: PREWAR LIFT
- [43a: Really cool bit of computer animation?]: EPIC EFFECT
- [51a: Co-workers who always cut you down?]: SNIDE ASSOCIATES
- [61a: What happened that time when a Jedi made noise with his teeth?]: YODA GRITTED
Given that the theme has something to do with artists, I had them on my mind, and noticed right away that YODA GRITTED contains “GRITTE” — which is part of an artist’s name. It didn’t take me too much longer to assemble the collection:
At this point I was stumped for a few minutes — what do I do with this list? Until it occurred to me to list their first names in the order of the first part of each last name:
… and there you have it: GRAPES, a food often painted by artists. Fun one!
New clue for LLAMA GASLIGHTER: [Learned League player who keeps telling you, “What are you talking about? Today’s match questions were so easy. You must’ve been reading them wrong!”]