Mike Shenk’s Wall Street Journal contest crossword, “Summer Wear”—Laura’s review
This week, Mike wants us to find an article of clothing.
Interestingly laid out grid, with two themer-ish entries that seem promising:
- [15a: Lakers accomplishment in 2002]: THREEPEAT
- [63a: Baggy knickers that might be worn in the summer]: PLUSFOURS
For a hot second, I thought the meta would involve be something like taking all the letters in the squares that are multiples of four, but no. In veritable fact, there is a threepeat of plus signs in the grid’s layout, and if you take the four letters surrounding those plus signs, you get:
KNEE BREE CHES
Or, KNEE BREECHES, which is an article of clothing worn by, say, the cast of Hamilton, and our answer.
Although there are no knee breeches in this video from dress historian Bernadette Banner, she offers many helpful corrections to unfortunate Halloween costume designs.