Matt Gaffney’s Wall Street Journal contest crossword, “The Party Starts at 10” — Laura’s review
For New Year’s Eve, Matt wanted us to find a four-word phrase you might hear tonight.
There are two entries that seem relevant to the meta:
- [66a: “Three…two…___…” (last words of the year, often]: ONE
- [67a: Some are ten letters long in this grid]: DOWNS
There are four ten-letter downs in the grid:
If you take the last three letters of those entries — namely, following the hint of the “Three … two … one” countdown, you get: RIN GIN THE NEW, or RING IN THE NEW, which is a four-word phrase you might hear [on New Year’s Eve], and our answer.
The phrase “ring in the new” is from the “Ring Out Wild Bells” section of Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s extremely long 1850 requiem, In Memoriam A. H. H. Here’s a stunningly beautiful version by Canadian songwriter Alana Levandoski:
Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.