WSJ Contest — Thursday, December 24, 2020

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Mike Shenk’s Wall Street Journal contest crossword, “Past and Present” — Laura’s review

What even day is it? I think this puzzle came out last Wednesday afternoon and was dated Thursday instead of the usual Friday. At least I remembered I needed to write this post about this puzzle, the answer to which is a 12-letter word

WSJ Contest - 12.24.20 - Solution

WSJ Contest – 12.24.20 – Solution

The big hints here are those symmetrical center entries:

  • [25a: With 45-Across, where you might find a present]: BENEATH
  • [45a: See 25-Across]: THETREE

Turns out, there are four three-letter trees in the grid — FIR, ASH, OAK, and ELM — and beneath them are a total of 12 letters that spell out FRANKINCENSE, which is a 12-letter word, a present from the mythic past, and our answer.

That’s all for me. Back to vacation. I think we’re getting another puzzle early in the coming week.


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1 Response to WSJ Contest — Thursday, December 24, 2020

  1. jefe says:

    Neville did it better. Ding for LIME at 60A.

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