WSJ Contest — Friday, December 16, 2022

Grid: 15 minutes; meta: 5 more 


Matt Gaffney’s Wall Street Journal contest crossword, “What Should I Where?” — Conrad’s writeup.

This week we’re looking for a four-letter part of the body. There were four numbered theme entries, each containing a piece of clothing:

WSJ Contest – 12.16.22 - solution

  • [17a: 1989 World Series MVP who also pitched a no-hitter in 1990 (1)]:  DAVESTEWART
  • [11d:Eponym of an Australian island (2)]: ABELTASMAN
  • [57a: “The Ten Commandments” and “Ben-Hur” co-star (3)]: MARTHASCOTT
  • [28d: Whose Line Is It Anyway?” host since 2013 (4)]: AISHATYLER

Those four pieces of clothing matched a grid entry containing a body part once one letter was changed:

  • BELT -> WAIST -> W(H)IST
  • ASCOTT -> NECK -> N(O)CK
  • HAT -> HEAD -> HE(E)D

The changed letters spell SHOE, leading to FOOT, our contest solution.

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9 Responses to WSJ Contest — Friday, December 16, 2022

  1. Harry says:

    Also, the entry FOOD is one letter off of FOOT, which seals the deal.

  2. Dave says:

    I think Matt put the numbers in the 4 theme clues because the letters also spell HOSE, which is also an article of clothing – which would have let to LEGS which is also a 4 letter part of the body. The numbers ensure that SHOE is the answer.

  3. Seattle Derek says:

    8D: Ada Blackjack has quite the biography and is worth reading about here:

  4. Simon says:

    There was also TEE in the grid. Indicating, perhaps, the switch in FOOD from D to T.

    This was one of the easier ones for me. I’ve only gotten the solutions a few times but this one came faster than the others. I think because the word NOCK stuck out at me and when I saw ASCOT, I immediately thought of NECK, and I was off to the races, pardon the pun.

  5. ant says:

    STEN is in the grid (one letter off from VEST), along with TOAST (ASCOT), and ACH (HAT). Nothing for BELT, but I couldn’t get out of that hole.
    Also, COAST was a clue, but nothing doing there, either.

  6. Eric H says:

    I got as far as finding the pieces of clothing (which was pretty easy). Just didn’t notice the neck/nock waist/whist stuff, even though NOCK and WHIST are uncommon grid entries.

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