Matt Gaffney’s Wall Street Journal contest crossword, “Double Trouble” — Conrad’s writeup.
This week we’re looking for a two-word phrase that’s a good thing to do when solving contest crosswords. There were four two-word theme entries:
- [Relax ship rules requiring agreement with the captain?]: EASEAYES
- [Make fun of trees with pliable wood?]: TEASEYEWS
- [Grab a dish of legumes before anyone else can?]: SEIZEPEAS
- [Must repay both Arthur and Benaderet?]: OWESBEAS
I spotted a lot of entries with doubled letters while solving the grid, and the themers were comprised of two-word gramograms that mapped back to the grid:
- EASEAYES: Es Is -> (T)EEN (A)LII
- TEASEYEWS: Ts Us -> (K)ITT (E)QUUS
- SEIZEPEAS: Cs Ps -> (C)OCCYX (U)PPERCUT
- OWESBEAS: Os Bs -> (E)BOOKS (S)UBBED
The first letter of each mapped entry spell TAKE CUES, our contest solution.