WSJ Contest — Friday, March 5, 2021

Grid: 8ish; Meta: sameish  


Joanne Sullivan’s Wall Street Journal contest crossword, “Overlaps” — Laura’s review

Great to see Joanne’s byline on a meta again! Why she isn’t a regular on the roster is beyond me. This week, she’s asking us to find an eight-letter word.

WSJ Contest - 3.5.21 - Solution

WSJ Contest – 3.5.21 – Solution

There aren’t what seem to be any stand-out themers, but several pairs of entries have the same clues:

  • [18a: Refuse]: SAY NO TO
  • [20a: Refuse]: TRASH
  • [30a: Light]: IGNITE
  • [35a: Light]: THIN
  • [46a: Life, for one]: GAME
  • [50a: Life, for one]: CEREAL
  • [60a: Put down]: ENTER
  • [65a: Put down]: REPRESS

Taking those entries, if we look at their positions in the grid, we see that each entry in the pair “overlaps” with its partner (hence the puzzle’s title), spelling out SH IN GL ES, or SHINGLES, which are things that overlap, and also an eight-letter word and our answer.

Psst — [67a: “I’m Not Wearing Underwear Today” show]: AVENUE Q

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2 Responses to WSJ Contest — Friday, March 5, 2021

  1. Michael in Chelsea says:

    This one is a little jewel of construction. I admire another level to the theme: words that overlap two unrelated meanings.

    Cool way to repurpose a feature (identical clues) and squeeze all the juice out of it!

  2. Kelly Clark says:

    Joanne Sullivan rules, and I echo Laura’s query!

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