Matt Gaffney’s Wall Street Journal contest crossword, “The State of American Cinema” — Conrad’s writeup.
This week we’re looking for an Oscar-winning film of 1992. There were seven movie-themed grid entries:
- [2006 police drama that won Best Picture]: THEDEPARTED
- [1931’s Best Picture, based on an Edna Ferber novel]: CIMARRON
- [1995 drama featuring Don Rickles]: CASINO
- [1950 John Wayne classic]: RIOGRANDE
- [2020 Oscar-winning film with dialogue in Korean]: MINARI
- [1933 classic with a famous stop-motion scene]: KINGKONG
- [1994 movie based on a Winston Groom novel]: FORRESTGUMP
I’m from Boston so THE DEPARTED jumped out. Massachusetts was the key: each famous movie was tied to a state:
- Massachusetts: THEDEPARTED
- Oklahoma: CIMARRON
- Nevada: CASINO
- Texas: RIOGRANDE
- Arkansas: MINARI
- New York: KINGKONG
- Alabama: FORRESTGUMP
The first letter of each state spell MONTANA. Our contest solution, A River Runs Through It, was an Oscar-winning film released in 1992.
Solvers: please share your thoughts, and describe any rabbits you chased. Speaking of being from somewhere: how far away can you live from a city and still be “from” there? Please weigh in. I was in New Orleans for business, and a bartender asked where I was from. I said Boston, and he said “Me too: what street?” I answered “East First Street in Southie” (when I was very young). He said “Wow, you’re actually from Boston!” I responded, “So you’re from Boston: what street?” His response: “Oh, I’m from Braintree.”
We’ll end with a song by Woody Guthrie.