Mike Shenk’s Wall Street Journal contest crossword, “Drawbacks”—Laura’s review
This week we’re looking for a group that plays a part in the art world.
No clear long-entry themers, but this last across entry clearly has some relevance:
- [60a: Drawing medium]: PASTELS
Took me what seemed like forever, though, to make anything of it, until a comrade suggested reading it aloud “as a direction.” Aha — look for letters that are PAST Ls in other entries. So, across entries that have L as the penultimate letter are:
The last letters of those spell out LIFE MODSELS — which I assume indicates that the answer is LIFE MODELS, which one could say is a group that plays a part in the art world and hopefully the answer. But what is the extra S at the end of PASTORALS doing there? It’s definitely the right letter, [45a: Bucolic stories] crossing [33d: Brother of Poseidon]: HADES. Hmmm, and it’s not like Mike to overlook something like that. What am I missing?
If you need me, call me. Here is [44d: Entertainer Lola]: FALANA in her 1970s Vegas glory: