Matt Gaffney’s Wall Street Journal contest crossword, “Couples Only” — Conrad’s writeup.
This week we’re looking for a four-letter word. There were four long theme entries, each containing three sets of doubled letters that formed a three-letter word:
- [“Desperately Seeking Susan” star]: ROSA(NN)(AA)RQUE(TT)E -> NAT
- [Collection of funny outtakes]: BL(OO)PE(RR)(EE)L -> ORE
- [Help a child find a lost puppy, e.g.]: DOAG(OO)(DD)(EE)D -> ODE
- [The Army-Navy game, e.g.]: CO(LL)EGEF(OO)TBA(LL) -> LOL
The three-letter words mapped to other grid entries:
- TED [44a, Turner of note] -> NAT
- ROCK [16a, Mined material] -> ORE
- IDYLL [43a, Kind of Poem] -> ODE
- OMG [58d, Common three-letter text]: LOL
The mapped entries spell TRIO, our contest solution. This one played easier for me than last week’s WSJ. Solvers, please let me know what you think.