Mike Shenk’s Wall Street Journal contest crossword, “Risky Business”—Laura’s review
This week, the answer is a precarious thing to do. Is it … WORK IN ACADEMIA? No? Sure feels that way lately.
No obvi themers but there is that grid-spanning marquee entry smack-dab in the center:
- [35a: Contributor to the 2008 financial crisis]: SUBPRIME LENDING
I was 1000% sure I’d seen this somewhere before — and I had, in a Gaffney meta a few years ago. I thought, hey why not see if it’s the same gimmick? Turns out, it was indeed the same gimmick: look for the “subprime” squares (i.e. the squares under the prime-numbered squares) in the grid to spell out the answer:
… which is, LIVE ON BORROWED TIME, which is certainly a precarious thing to do, and our answer.
The other interesting coincidence regarding this puzzle is that on Friday, this appeared in the day’s Learned League questions: