Pete Muller & Michael Milam’s Wall Street Journal contest crossword, “AP English” — Laura’s review
This week’s puzzle is by Pete Muller, he of the Muller Monthly Music Meta (give it a listen!) and Michael Milam, whose name isn’t in our tag library, so congrats if this is a debut! They challenge us to find a word you might use in English class.
Eight clues are asterisked:
- [36a: Small-sized]: PETITE
- [56a: Rear]: PARENT
- [58a: Works at a museum]: ART
- [4d: Biden chief of staff Klain]: RON
- [8d: Establishes beyond a reasonable doubt]: PROVES
- [13d: Former flames]: EXES
- [55d: Overexercise result]: ACHE
- [56d: Shroud]: PALL
First observation: The puzzle is entitled “AP English,” and if you add the letters AP to the starred entries, you get new words:
Second observation: Those new words could also answer the clues of other entries in the grid:
- [25d: Hunger]: YEN (APPETITE)
- [7d: Plain to see]: OVERT (APPARENT)
- [12d: Split up]: SEPARATED (APART)
- [1d: Protective covering]: SMOCK (APRON)
- [68a: Sanctions]: YESES (APPROVES)
- [52d: High points]: MAXES (APEXES)
- [29d: Athabaskan language]: NAVAJO (APACHE)
- [39d: Disgust]: NAUSEATE (APPALL)
Third observation: If you look at the first letters of the second set of entries from left to right across the grid, they spell SYNONYMS, which is APpropriate, and also a word you might use in English class, and our answer. Nice work! Fun but not too tough.
I’ll leave you with [5a: “Lift ___ Voice and Sing” (old hymn)]: EVRY.