Mike Shenk’s Wall Street Journal contest crossword, “Let’s Move Beyond It”—Laura’s review
This week, we’re looking for a six-letter word. We have six themers, so it’s quite likely that each one contributes a letter:
- [17a: Queen Mary 2, for one]: LUXURY LINER
- [21a: Sundance Film Festival setting]: PARK CITY
- [32a: First-day-of-class handout]: READING LIST
- [42a: Test format]: SHORT ANSWER
- [54a: Workaholic’s rarity]: FREE TIME
- [59a: Orinoco River swimmer]: ELECTRIC EEL
Let’s see, each one is two words, and the first words all belong to a familiar set — they’re spaces on a Monopoly board:
I noticed the first step pretty quickly, but was stumped for a few minutes trying to extract the rest — until I thought about the title: “Let’s Move Beyond It.” In Monopoly, one part of gameplay is passing — moving beyond — the Go space, and collecting one’s $200. What would we find if we moved beyond each of these spaces?
LUXURY TAX ==> BOARDWALK
PARK PLACE ==> LUXURY TAX
READING RAILROAD ==> ORIENTAL AVENUE
SHORT LINE ==> CHANCE
FREE PARKING ==> KENTUCKY AVENUE
ELECTRIC COMPANY ==> STATES AVENUE
Those six spaces spell out BLOCKS, which is a six-letter word, and I guess blocks are things that are in cities, and the Monopoly board is based on a city (Atlantic City, NJ), so, sure.
In a world where there are movies based on board games such as Clue, Battleship, and Ouija (three movies based on Ouija! but is that, like, really a game tho?), take a chance on the upcoming film based on Monopoly that passed Go last year.