Matt Gaffney’s Wall Street Journal contest crossword, “Connect Four”—Laura’s review
This week, we’re looking for a two-word phrase.
Four sets of clues cross-reference each other:
- [6d: With 9-Down, Home Depot purchase]: STAPLE
- [9d: See 6-Down]: GUN
- [16a: With 29-Across, immediately]: AT A
- [29a: See 16-Across]: GLANCE
- [31a: With 51-Across, place for pillowcases]: LINEN
- [51a: See 31-Across]: CLOSET
- [63d: With 50-Down, piece of Summer Olympics equipment]: AIR
- [50d: See 63-Down]: PISTOL
And then there’s a big hint in the last across entry:
- [71a: Like pairs of crossword answers whose clues cross-reference each other: LINKED
Given that last entry, and that there are four sets of LINKED entries and that the title is “Connect Four” — I figured we were looking for something that linked or connected the two entries in each set. And, there they were:
Those sets of letters, in grid order, are: SIA MES ETW INS, or SIAMESE TWINS, which is a two-word phrase and our answer. I believe they prefer to be called conjoined twins.
Overall, a fairly breezy early-month meta (not that the WSJ contest necessarily gets more difficult as the month proceeds), with a strong mechanism. Pretty sneaky, sis!