Matt Gaffney’s Wall Street Journal contest crossword, “There’s That Voice Again” — Conrad’s writeup.
This week we’re told, The answer to this week’s contest crossword (which is 12 letters long) is something you might say after solving. Matt gave us a big clue at 48a (PASSIVE, clued as “___ voice (construction that obscures the performer of an action).” Speaking as an English major who worshipped at the altar of The Elements of Style by Strunk and White: sign me up!
Matt wrote twelve clues passively, here they are with the active participant inserted:
- Country that was defeated (by ITALY) in its bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics: SWEDEN
- Fruit-bearer that got felled (by George WASHINGTON), in American folklore: CHERRYTREE
- 1865 literary bird who was asked (by ALICE) “What is a Caucus-race?”: DODO
- It gets defeated a third of the time (by SCISSORS), in a kids’ game: PAPER
- It was defeated for Best Picture (by NOMADLAND) in 2021: MANK
- God who got pushed out of an airship (By THOR) in a 2013 movie: LOKI
- He was bested (by FRAZIER) in the “Fight of the Century”: ALI
- He was instructed (by OTHELLO) to kill Cassio: IAGO
- He was nominated for vice president (by OBAMA) in 2008: BIDEN
- Tiny animal that was spared death (by the LION) in one of Aesop’s fables: MOUSE
- Italian currency that was displaced (by the EURO) in 2002: LIRA
- His locks got broken (by DELILAH) in the Bible: SAMSON
The first letter of the active participants spell I WASN’T FOOLED, our contest solution. Beautiful meta by Matt: I loved it. Solvers: please share your thoughts. I’ll end with Mo Kenney’s wonderful cover of my favorite Guided By Voices song Game of Pricks.