Matt Gaffney’s Wall Street Journal contest crossword, “Sounds Delicious” — Conrad’s writeup.
This week we’re looking for a six-letter word. There were six long theme entries with silly fill. I wrote them down and didn’t find a signal at first. I tried to make something of DREAD/BREAD and SHOREDOUGH/SOURDOUGH, but that rabbit hole petered out. I said “DREADAGENIE” out loud and thought of foods. FETTUCCINE (which happens to be ten letters long) came to mind and I had the rabbit: each silly entry rhymed with a type of pasta and the clued numbers referred to the length of each type:
- DREADAGENIE (10): FETTUCCINE
- ZINGMEANIE (8): LINGUINI
- TONYAZLOTY (9): AGNOLOTTI
- PERMABELLY (10): VERMICELLI
- SHOREDOUGH (4): ORZO
- SAVVYGOALIE (7): RAVIOLI
The first letters of the rhyming pastas spell FLAVOR, our contest solution. I had most of FLAVOR filled in (and knew that had to be the answer), but had to Google a bit to complete the list. This Wikipedia article came in handy. I’m not 100% sure on AGNOLOTTI but the answer was a lock so I submitted it. Solvers: let me know how you did, and if your list matches mine. We’ll end with Public Enemy’s Fight the Power.