Matt Gaffney’s Wall Street Journal contest crossword, “Looking for That Spark” — Laura’s review
This week, we’re looking for a well-known rom-com.
… which, maybe you’ll have what I’m having? What!? It’s just a pastrami sandwich from Katz’s Deli, don’t get all excited.
Anyway, you got people named HARRY crossing people named SALLY:
- [18a: “The Banana Boat Song” singer]: BELAFONTE
- [60a: Wizard with a lightning bolt on his forehead]: POTTER
- [5d: Magician born in Budapest]: HOUDINI
- [59d: Senate majority leader before McConnell]: REID
- [24a: Best Actress winner for 1979 and 1984]: FIELD
- [64a: “All in the Family” Emmy winner]: STRUTHERS
- [19d: Eponymous comic strip woman since 1982]: FORTH
- [63d: She became the first American woman in space in 1983]: RIDE
- [39a: Spark creator you’ll spell when you’ve made the right connections]: FIRE (the letters where the HARRYs and SALLYs intersect spell out FIRE)
- [33a: John Updike novel of 1960]: RABBIT, RUN
- [46a: Romeo or Juliet, e.g.]: CHARACTER (the main character of Rabbit, Run is HARRY “Rabbit” Angstrom)
Waiter, there is too much pepper on my paprikash. But I would be happy to partake of your pecan pie. The well-known rom-com is, of course, WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, as the HARRYs and SALLYs “meet” in the grid.
Can’t remember if either Harry or Sally solved puzzles in the film, but a crossword did once appear in SALLY FORTH:
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