WSJ Contest — Friday, March 19, 2021

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Mike Shenk’s Wall Street Journal contest crossword, “Town & Country” — Laura’s review

This week, we’re looking for an eight-letter word.

WSJ Contest -- 3.19.21 -- Solution

WSJ Contest — 3.19.21 — Solution

Themers are all attractions in various locations:

  • [17a: Grand boulevard encircling the historic Innere Stadt]: RINGSTRASSE
  • [25a: Thoroughfare flanked by Victorian blue gum eucalyptus trees]: ANZAC PARADE
  • [43a: Public space containing a namesake 148-foot-high cut marble tower]: AZADI SQUARE
  • [55a: 110-acre attraction that holds the popular “Angry Boy” sculpture]: FROGNER PARK

Taking a hint from the title, I looked on Wikipedia to see in which town and country these attractions resided:

RINGSTRASSE == Vienna, Austria
ANZAC PARADE == Canberra, Australia (there is also one in Sydney, but Canberra is the right one, as we’ll see)
AZADI SQUARE == Tehran, Iran
FROGNER PARK == Oslo, Norway

Taking the first letters of each town and country, we get VACATION, which is an eight-letter word and our answer, and also something I could really use right now.

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3 Responses to WSJ Contest — Friday, March 19, 2021

  1. Barry says:

    Now I get the name, Grand Coulee Dam.
    Tough puzzle, easy meta. For me.

    • Joella D Hultgren says:

      Coulee, or coulée, is a term applied rather loosely to different landforms, all of which refer to a kind of valley or drainage zone. The word coulee comes from the Canadian French coulée, from the French word couler meaning “to flow”.

  2. Dan Seidman says:

    This puzzle took some googling, but after I looked it up I realized I used to know the term “vacation”.

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