Matt here filling in for joon, who’s photographing mountain goats in Andorra this week.
Our prompt was: This week’s contest answer is a person often seen on the news whose name is enumerated (4, 6). That was later amended to:
This week’s contest answer, which would have made a logical final theme entry, is a person often seen on the news whose name is enumerated (4, 6).
The idea was: Say one word from each theme entry aloud, and you’ve counted to 7:
I don’t know anyone name “ate,” but borrowing the N from “Evan” we could form a NATE, and then NATE SILVER hopefully sprang to mind. There aren’t really any other famous Nates with six-letter surnames, but many solvers weren’t quite sure. So we had the strange phenomenon of ~97% right answers (before final-hour wild guesses) but even many of those were uncertain. An odd circumstance.
Some solvers also thought that the unusual name AGNETA in the bottom left was confirmation, since AG is the chemical symbol for silver and NETA anagrams to NATE. You won’t believe me anyway but that was indeed a coincidence, unnoticed by me until solvers pointed it out.