Matt Gaffney’s Wall Street Journal contest crossword, “I Won’t Spoil the Ending” — Laura’s review
Superquick post because I’m in the middle of the MIT Mystery Hunt!
This week, we’re looking for a well-known animated movie.
Let’s start with some nonsense-y themers:
- [17a: Cave with super-friendly residents? (1988)]: WELCOMING GROTTO
- [23a: www.japanesenoodles.com, e.g.? (1997)]: RAMEN DOMAIN
- [39a: Buy Australian Open jackets for everyone in its city? (2007—careful!)]: CLOTHE MELBOURNE
- [52a: Wash dirt off of your pet larva? (1998)]: BATHE MAGGOT
- [61a: Result of a lamp designer refunding an accidental overcharge? (1999)]: TIFFANY FORGIVEN
First observation: If we “spoil” the endings of each word in the themers, we get the first two words of three-word movie titles from the year in parentheses:
COMING TO America
MEN IN Black
THE BOURNE Ultimatum (this is why the year is important!)
HE GOT Game
ANY GIVEN Sunday
Second observation: The first letters of the words that complete the titles spell out A BUG’S …
Third observation: Follow the pattern and complete that title with LIFE, for the 1998 Pixar film A BUG’S LIFE, which is a well-known animated movie and our answer.
Back to hunting mysteries …